The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2013


2. Big Iron Unveils Flash Strategies

While the small flash storage startups got a lot of ink in 2013, the top storage vendors also unveiled their flash storage strategies or first products, including:

-- EMC released XtremIO all-flash arrays (pictured) 18 months after acquiring its original Israel-based developer.

-- NetApp unveiled its upcoming "FlashRay" flash storage arrays for high-performance applications.

-- IBM unveiled plans to invest $1 billion through 2015 on developing flash technology , and released an all-flash array based on its 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems.

-- HP introduced an all-flash version of its 3PAR storage array.

-- Dell introduced tiering between different types of flash, as well as all-flash versions of its Compellent and EqualLogic arrays.

-- Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) added flash storage modules to its Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 150 arrays.