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Byte & Switch Storage Winners & Losers of 2007

In a market as competitive as storage networking, there's plenty about which to cheer and jeer. And the last 12 months have been no exception. As customer demand increases for data protection that works, we've seen rocketing successes -- and resounding failures.

Some of the Winners listed are:

VMware is not only the top IT success story of 2007, it is arguably one of the top business stories of the decade. A push for data center consolidation has raised the share price of EMC's brilliant acquisition by 195 percent since its IPO in August. VMware's embedded hypervisor for server motherboards could help up the ante for 2008.

The year was a good one for InfiniBand, which seemed to crop up everywhere in announcements and marketing materials. Actual implementation rates may not be as dramatic, at least in high-end networks: Recent statistics released in November 2007 show that InfiniBand is the network of choice for 24.2 percent of the world's top 500 supercomputer systems -- down from 25.60 percent in June 2007. Still, InfiniBand is clearly filling a need in big data centers, even though its popularity may wane when 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ramps up.

From online backup to storage-as-a-service to consulting, customers are reaching out for all kinds of help with storage neworking. This last week alone has seen news from Dell and EMC, as big players look to flesh out their offerings. Ongoing demand should boost startups like Nirvanix and help others, like consultancy GlassHouse, move toward IPO.

It's in the hottest IT space imaginable: virtualization. It's been bought by a deep-pocket parent, Citrix, which plans to goose competition with VMware in 2008 by rolling out a hypervisor embedded in hardware from server vendors. If that's not a winning combination, we'll blame Citrix.

Read the entire article for other winners and a list of losers as well, here.

Published Monday, December 31, 2007 10:51 AM by David Marshall
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