"At least 221 companies were HDD manufacturers in the past. Most of that industry has vanished through bankruptcy or mergers and acquisitions. None of the first four entrants continue in the industry today. As shown in the graphic below surviving manufacturers are Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital, all of whom grew at least in part through mergers and acquisitions..."
"We've just come off an eventful 2018 for data storage. Plunging flash and DRAM prices, continued market turmoil from the cloud sector, and, finally - NVMe has taken off in a big way. What could top that? Several things...
In no particular order, here is what to expect in 2019..."
"As storage continues to evolve, many readers still are curious about the basics. In 2018, common data storage concerns included RAID, capacity and different storage architectures.
The field of data storage is massive and continues to grow as the years go by. Naturally, this leads to a large number of questions that need to be answered. Our Ask the Expert articles enlist top experts and analysts to tackle common data storage questions readers have about different storage technologies and developments..."
"Here is our selection of the most important news in calendar year 2018 published in StorageNewsletter.com ... by category
- HDD: market declining
- SSDs and Flash: prices dropping
- Systems: AFAs pushing market
- Software: object storage growing
- Interface: success of NVMe
- Cloud: killing tape?
- Tape: record of 20TB
- Market reports: 175ZB of storage by 2025
- Acquisitions: less than former years
- Start-Ups: $100 million and more raised
- Financial results of biggest storage companies
- OEM/distribution: Lenovo distributor of NetApp
- People: new CEOs and compensation
- Shows: CeBIT dead
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