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10 Storage Predictions For 2018

CRN looks at how the cloud, software-defined everything, IoT, GDPR and more will impact how channel partners interact with customers and their storage needs in 2018.

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M&A Activity Will Be Strong

2018 will continue to see more mergers and acquisitions in the storage industry. However, it will not be centered so much on large acquisitions as HPE did in 2017 when it purchased both SimpliVity and Nimble Storage. There are fewer good large acquisition targets and even fewer companies that could successfully swallow a storage vendor, even though Western Digital in 2017 did manage an acquisition of flash storage vendor Tegile.

Instead, expect to see smaller mergers and acquisitions as larger storage vendors look to either tack on new point technologies or find ways to make up for a shortage of skilled talent. There's certainly no lack of potential targets. It seems there are at least as many new companies getting funded as existing companies are getting acquired or closing their doors.

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