Some storage trends can be fairly predictable and consistent. For example, more data is being stored with more copies being made and retained for longer periods. Likewise, it’s safe to say storage capacity, performance, and features will continue to advance. Recent events that will continue in 2006 include:

Continued vendor consolidation Larger capacity, higher performance, more reliable, and physically smaller devices Focus on data protection, retention, and regulatory compliance Data and information security (e.g., encryption, asset tracking, and media disposal) Interest in data classification and policy-based automated storage management Pursuit of interoperability across hardware and software …
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