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Top 10 Byte and Switch Stories 2007

It's time to light the fire, pour an eggnog, and muse on the year gone by. For us at Byte and Switch, part of the exercise is raising a glass to the articles that have generated the most interest from readers. Below, in order of popularity, are our top stories of 2007:

  • No. 10: Dell to Pay $1.4B for EqualLogic. Dell's purchase of EqualLogic continues to fascinate the industry. But the jury's still out on whether Dell will make the most of the considerable momentum attributed to the iSCSI supplier. Dell's purchase was the second biggest IT deal this year: But most people have forgotten about HP's purchase of Opsware for $1.6 billion.
  • No. 9: EMC Sets Out 2008 Roadmap . Thanks to its bulk and bossiness, whatever EMC does is news (for the most part, anyway); and when CEO Joe Tucci and other execs showed the roadmap last month, readers tuned in. We'll be following up on Hopkinton's stated plans for disk power savings, cloud computing, clustering, SMB channel penetration, and consumer wares in 2008.
  • No. 8: Users Share Virtualization Pitfalls. The considerable benefits of virtualization come at a price -- one we examined in Terry Sweeney's contributed piece. The "v" word continues to dominate IT thought processes, but land mines await the unwary. Thankfully, with these tips under your belt, implementation can match expectations.
  • No. 7: Disk-Based Archiving Lowers the Boom on Tape. Tape's in the wind, in the view of opinionated columnist George Crump. His in-depth epistle on the new era of archiving with data de-duplication drew a crowd.
  • No. 6: Top Ten Storage Turkey Awards 2007. Is there really a better time than the American Thanksgiving to roast the biggest storage "turkeys" of the year? We don't think so.
  • No. 5: A Rogues Gallery of Data Protection Miscreants. Like a horror show, stories like these can be thrilling -- if they're not happening to you. We can only hope that publishing these real-life profiles of data protection shortfalls, slipups, and breakdowns may help readers avert similar snafus.
  • No. 4: Top Women in Storage. IT is still as male-dominated as a Bayonne bar on fight night. So we thought it high time to show the reality of female success in the storage industry. We plan to lengthen this list regularly.
  • No. 3: SNW in Pictures. Every couple of months, many of us in and around the storage networking industry hop a plane for a three-hour trip to meet the same people we met roughly 90 days before. If that's not laughable, what is?
  • No. 2: Wal-Mart Drops DRM for Universal, Tweaks Pricing. Our third list of top 10 emerging startups was an audience favorite, and many folk checked in for our follow-up "where are they now" pieces on startups profiled in the first and second lists we published. Needless to say, we plan a fresh Top 10 Startups list early in 2008. Got any suggestions? Write to us.
  • No. 1: The World's Biggest SANs. Our search for the world's largest storage networks, and our recent Part 2 follow-up, attracted anyone interested in storage envelope-pushers. Big networks demonstrate the current limits of technology and show how organizations are coping with the kinds of scaleability issues nearly everyone's facing on a smaller scale. Now we're on a mission to get more specific, like finding the world's biggest iSCSI SAN. Keep those messages coming, and we'll keep you posted.

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  • Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL)
  • EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC)
  • EqualLogic Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ)
  • Opsware Inc.