Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009By Steve Wexler | Print
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As we wrap up a troubled 2009 and look towards a brighter 2010, a number of storage-related stories stand out as the top news candidates, ranging from increasing demand for capacity coupled with decreasing price tags to the ongoing soap opera that is poor Sun Microsystems. The following are Channel Insider's choices for the top 10 news stories for 2009.
#9 Cloud Storage In The Forecast
The only real contender to SSDs for most-hyped storage technology of the year is cloud storage. According to a recent report from the 451 group, 'cloud storage is a real, growing and potentially highly disruptive market opportunity that is already delivering cost efficiencies to end users as they embrace IT-as-service models.' The research company reports that more than 25 percent of public and 35 percent of private cloud users are utilizing clouds for disaster-recovery purposes, while over 33 percent of public and private users say they are now using the cloud for remote storage purposes. In fact, we believe storage has rapidly become an essential requirement of any successful cloud computing strategy.
Microsoft appears to agree too because it will be rolling out its Windows Azure cloud services in January, and start charging for its Azure Storage services in February. Users will be charged $0.15 per GB per month stored, and $0.01 per 10K per storage transaction. As part of the NetApp alliance announced earlier this month so that channel partners can offer a comprehensive solution for building private clouds for their customers, the two companies identified three integration points for NetApp’s storage solutions to intersect with various pieces of the Microsoft platform.