The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2016

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8. Software-Defined Storage Matures

VMware's successful and much-anticipated launch of VSAN 6.2, the latest iteration of its Virtual SAN that corrected several prior issues holding back the market for VSAN, signaled the maturity of software-defined storage and erased doubts about the importance of this business going forward.

Several other storage software vendors, including industry stalwarts like IBM HPE and Dell EMC along with smaller niche vendors like Ceph, Nexenta, DataCore, SwiftStack and Pivot3, enhanced their wares in 2016 as a way to take advantage of ever-more-powerful servers to move customers away from proprietary purpose-built storage solutions.

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