The storage system industry has been undergoing some serious consolidation in recent years with Dell's $67 billion acquisition of storage systems giant EMC in 2016, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's $1.09 billion purchase of flash and hybrid storage developer Nimble Storage last year, and Western Digital's 2017 acquisition of flash storage maker Tegile Systems.
Meanwhile, all-flash/hybrid storage upstarts like Pure Storage and Tintri continue to challenge the established players while hyper-converged system developers like Nutanix are challenging stand-alone storage system makers. And cloud storage service providers, from Carbonite to Amazon Web Services, and developers of software-defined storage technology are challenging the very concept of on-premise data hardware systems.
For solution providers, the challenge is deciding which vendors to work with. While a vendor's technology portfolio is a big part of that decision, so is a vendor's partner program and the perks, resources and assistance it offers solution providers to help them navigate the rapidly evolving data storage market.
Here we present the 5-Star designees in the storage technology space.