The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2013


3. Flash Consolidates

Flash storage has become a fast-growing part of the storage and server market as applications require increasingly high-performance ways to read and write their data. 2013 finally saw the start of the kind of consolidation every new market experiences as several flash storage firms closed or were acquired.

-- Ailing SSD pioneer OCZ was acquired by Toshiba.

-- Flash storage component maker LSI was acquired by networking component maker Avago.

-- Cisco bought flash storage vendor Whiptail.

-- Western Digital acquired Virident fairly quickly after acquiring SSD vendor sTec.

-- SanDisk acquired Smart Storage Systems.

-- Hybrid flash-disk array maker Starboard Storage closed after failing to find a buyer.