Hearing news about the difficulties currently being faced by Copan it struck me that the storage market has been a fairly tumultuous one in 2009. As disk prices have dropped over the last 2 or 3 years, and as virtualization has gained a foothold in enterprises, there has been a fair amount of innovation in the disk market with technologies such as deduplication and thin provisioning becoming hot topics. However, with the challenging economic environment shaping the decisions of investors and end-users, it has been a challenging time for any companies desperately trying to gain a foothold.
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The other day while I was in town meeting with a customer I walked past a poster advertising the MTV Europe Music Awards, taking place in Berlin in a couple of days. Once I’d gotten the image of host Katy Perry out of my mind, I thought about how important the media sector has become for us.
It seems like not a week goes by without a story hitting the headlines about sensitive customer data being compromised in one way or another. If it’s not a laptop getting lost it’s a handheld device getting left in a taxi - in fact nowadays you can just pop onto Ebay to buy the bank details of a million or so people . These breaches of security are damaging for the corporations involved and extremely disconcerting for the people whose personal details are compromised, but they also raise serious questions about how companies protect data once it leaves the corporate network.
We’ve just recovered from the exertions of Storage Expo 2009 – a show which has always been one of the better attended shows in the industry’s calendar. But what of this year’s show? Well certainly the financial climate and its impact on IT spending has been a major talking point over the last 12 to 18 months – but has the industry weathered the storm? According to reports - http://bit.ly/15Vm1b - there are some doubts as to whether we are over the worst of it, but the prevailing attitude of vendors attending the show this year seemed to be optimistic. End-users at the show, if not ready to put pen to paper immediately, were certainly talking about committing budget in the next three to six months.