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Futurology: what does 2016 hold for the storage industry?

We take a look ahead, courtesy of our expert panel of industry observers

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Moving to the head of the queue

Qsan's Technical Sales Manager, Stefan Ferrari, speaks to Storage magazine editor David Tyler

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The right combination

EMC and Dell have spent years making acquisitions (some good, some not so good) in the pursuit of an ideal solution offering combining hardware, software and services. As they now plan to become one single entity, what will it mean for buyers? Storage magazine takes a close look

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Exagrid & Zerto team up

Continuous replication and dedupe of long-term storage for end-to-end data protection

Connect better with StorNext

Improved management tool from Quantum

Lloyds banking on Preservica

'Corporate memory' to be archived

Slim chance

SanDisk unveils 'world's thinnest' 1TB SSD

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SuseCon 15 news round-up

SUSECon '15 took place in Amsterdam in November - Storage magazine reports back on the big stories for our sector

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Case studies

Taking the heat off

PCI-e flash has been used to turbo boost flagging IOPS and propel OGN Group's highly virtualised data centre into the next gear

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Safeguarding a city's data

The Open University's MK:Smart project required a scalable and versatile backup solution to help manage access to data sourced from a multitude of data stores across the city

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Storage Awards 2015

This year's awards ceremony in London on June 18th was our biggest and best yet, with hundreds of the industry's movers and shakers in attendance. Voting numbers were up yet again, and over 30 winners celebrated into the night. We'll be focusing on some of the big winners in our next e-newsletter, but to see the full list of winners and runners-up right now, visit www.storage-awards.com

Solution of the Year 2015

WINNER: Arcserve, CMS Distribution and NCE Group for the Open University - MK:Smart Data Protection Project

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Archiving & Compliance

WINNER: Nexsan by Imation
RUNNER UP: Commvault

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Welcome to our January 2016 e-newsletter.

In our first e-newsletter of 2016 we include a comprehensive and occasionally controversial round-up of industry predictions for the sector. One of the biggest stories of 2015, of course, was the announcement of Dell’s merger with EMC – subject of its own separate analysis also in this edition. As Tintri’s Kieran Harty says: "There will be blood – 2016 will be marked by consolidation and storage startups exiting the market: the Dell/EMC acquisition is merely the starting point. Other large established storage companies will most certainly feel the pressure this year, which will lead them to 1, make acquisitions, or 2, go private. As for the next gen storage vendors, given the billions invested in storage startups, the companies with less than a few hundred million in funding won’t be able to scale fast enough to survive.”

Dave Wright of SolidFire takes a slightly different view: “2015 was a year of great change for enterprise storage and the larger IT market in general, as technology continues to experience accelerated cycles of innovation that the slow-moving dinosaurs of legacy IT just can’t keep pace with. In 2016, expect to see more scrambling, more side-stepping, and more posturing from the big vendors while their world falls to pieces and a new class of disruptive companies arises to peak them up.” There is plenty more to read – and doubtless discuss – in the article. Do let us know, via the email address below, what your views are – who’s got it right, and who’s missed the point completely?

David Tyler, Editor david.tyler@btc.co.uk

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