Data centers

01:41 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

2005 Top Ten: Trends to Watch

Our look at the storage topics you can count on for 2005

As 2004 draws to a close, it's time to take a peek ahead -- even while we're still trying to digest the current year along with Grandma's cranberry pudding and Uncle Benny's eggnog punch (hiccup! blerrrrpp!).

Below is what we see shaping up as major storage networking themes in the months ahead. Do you agree? Hit that message board, not us!

No. 10: Funding Flush and Trickle

It was a banner year for funding, with at least 30 storage companies closing rounds for a total approaching $600 million, more than double the total for storage companies in 2003. Its unlikely that VCs will fork over as much this year, though. Most of the VC money spent in 2004 was on late rounds, like third or later. And most recipients hope they won’t need more. At least one startup won’t be back at the trough: Candera picked up $12 million in February, but closed its doors in December.

Funding stories from 2004 include:

No. 9: IPO -- Yes or No?

There was a lot of IPO talk in 2004, with little action. Xyratex Ltd. (Nasdaq: XRTX) went public in June, but Engenio Information Technologies Inc. had second thoughts after pricing shares in July. Blade server startup Egenera Inc. also filed for an IPO but remains private. Other candidates for IPOs in 2005 include AppIQ Corp., BlueArc Corp., CommVault Systems Inc., EqualLogic Inc., and Xiotech Corp.

We don't think a lot of these will take the public plunge. We do think a few will, however -- enough to make the storage networking market one of 2005's most interesting.

Hot Topics
7
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Susan Fogarty, Editor in Chief,  7/25/2014
6
Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
James M. Connolly, Editor in Chief, The Enterprise Cloud Site,  7/29/2014
4
Where Is Your Cloud?
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,  7/23/2014
White Papers
Register for Network Computing Newsletters
Cartoon
Current Issue
2014 Private Cloud Survey
2014 Private Cloud Survey
Respondents are on a roll: 53% brought their private clouds from concept to production in less than one year, and 60% ­extend their clouds across multiple datacenters. But expertise is scarce, with 51% saying acquiring skilled employees is a roadblock.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed