Ashlee Vance at the New York Times has a great piece today about the demand for data storage technology and the subsequent merger and acquisition activity in the industry - notably the tussle between HP and Dell for 3Par.
3Par, and Data Domain, which was purchased by EMC last year, are among the industry players offering efficient data storage technology with features like thin provisioning and de-duplication. These technologies hold a lot of promise for driving energy efficiency in this exploding segment of data center IT use.
The "pull quote" from the article in my view is from Deni Conner, the principal analyst at Storage Strategies Now, who notes that "the amount of data stored continues to double about every 18 months".
This gybes with my conversations with IT managers across the country from a wide variety of industries, who often nod in agreement when I aver that data storage is the overlooked growth issue for data centers, often leading to capacity shortfalls.