4 cloud storage predictions for 2014

4 cloud storage predictions for 2014

I’ve been involved in the enterprise storage industry since 2000, first as a buyer/end-user at Loudcloud, then as a vendor at EMC, and finally as an independent analyst. The dynamics in the cloud storage market have eerie similarities to the intense competition between EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, and Veritas circa 2001.

So what can we learn from the original storage wars?

2013 was a tipping point for the cloud storage market. Cloud storage and file sharing products were validated in the mainstream enterprise and began to be widely adopted. Vendors like Box, Dropbox, and Citrix ShareFile beefed up their arsenals with capital raises, new security enhancements, acquisitions, and partnerships.

This begs the question: what can we expect in 2014?

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