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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2016

The rise of flash storage and software-defined storage, the fall of traditional storage, a revolving door of vendors, massive venture capital investments, and the end of an independent EMC made 2016 the most exciting year ever in storage.

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Storage In 2016: More Of The Same, Only Much, Much More

Prior to 2016, storage industry watchers saw the rise of hyper-converged infrastructure, all-flash and hybrid flash storage and software-defined storage, and thought they would some day negatively impact the storage business as it has existed since EMC sold its first Symmetrix array to the IBM mainframe market.

It seemed to all come to a head in 2016. New ways of configuring, managing and buying storage have altered the business significantly, bringing upstarts to the forefront and sending stalwarts reeling. EMC, which started the modern storage industry? Sold to Dell in a blockbuster, industry-transforming deal.

The changes in the storage industry we saw in 2016 are only the precursor of what will happen in 2017 and beyond. Here’s a look at the top happenings in 2016.

(For more of our 2016 retrospective, check out 'CRN's 2016 Tech Year In Review.')

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