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A long hot summer for the enterprise storage market
This article is part of the Storage issue of October 2017, Vol. 16, No. 8
In case you aren't up on your William Faulkner or Tennessee Williams, do yourself a favor and check out the 1958 film The Long, Hot Summer on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix or your local cable provider. Not only is it a couple of hours of great entertainment, but you'll also get insights into this month's column. Filmed in Clinton, La., the story centers on a difficult decision that a family patriarch (Orson Welles) must make between his son (Tony Franciosa) and an aggressive interloper (Paul Newman) about the future of the family plantation. The movie ends up being a fairly good metaphor for the enterprise storage market today. This came to me during a delightful lunch with Leigh Grainger, public relations manager at Spectra Logic, and her husband, Brian, chief sales officer for Spectra, at a rustic Florida fish place in late July. Leigh, who hails from Louisiana, has never completely exorcised the lilt -- the sonic equivalent of a weeping willow tree resting lazily on the shoreline of an alligator bayou on a humid August ...
Features in this issue
Our experts take measure of the Dell EMC acquisition, the storage and technology merger of the century, a little more than 12 months after the deal closed.
Although SANs still rule the modern the data center, the NAS array maintains a position high up on tech buyers' shopping lists for new primary storage.
Multicloud storage strategy allows for the shifting of data across public clouds so you can avoid lock-in to a single provider, reduce cost and improve workload efficiency.
Open source storage software could alter the face of the industry by cutting costs and delivering greater flexibility over existing storage infrastructure.
Columns in this issue
Use of magnetic tape in enterprise storage is set to break out, even as the cloud market slows and software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure stumble.
Capitalize on flash with interactive, online secondary data storage architectures that make a lot more data available for business while maximizing flash investment.