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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2011

2011 found the storage industry making big bets on the future, including acquisitions and investments, new technologies, new vendors, and new markets.

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9. Storage Appliances Go Big

Instead of adding storage to an application running on one or more servers, major vendors are now more commonly integrating storage with servers and applications as part of a larger appliance. Such appliances allow the vendor to tie storage closely to an application to take advantage of storage features that would otherwise require much more integration in the field.

This move got its big start in 2009 when Oracle released its Oracle's Exadata appliance, which focuses on data warehousing and OLTP applications. The company followed up this year with its Oracle Database Appliance, which bundles Oracle 11g with servers and storage.

Other application-specific appliances appearing this year include an SAP appliance from Hitachi Data Systems, an IBM appliance based on its Netezza data warehouse technology, Symantec with its new Backup Exec appliance, and Hadoop-based appliances from EMC and NetApp.

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