7. Army Of Startups
2013 was a hot market for storage startups as the storage industry shifted in response to such trends as falling hardware array sales, rising flash storage and SSD sales, and the chance that software-defined storage technology could disrupt the entire business.
If that doesn't provide an environment for startups to come in and try their hand at stirring up the establishment, nothing does. In fact, that is exactly what happened in 2013 as storage startups either came out of stealth mode or unveiled their first products in such areas as cloud storage, flash storage, unstructured data and software-defined storage.