Murphy is typically undaunted when asked whether she minds working for a company that's relatively new to the storage game. "Adaptec and LSI have been longtime players in the SCSI market. As they move to SAS, they have to protect their share. I can't lose. I don't have it to lose. I can only win. I really like that."
Next Page: Nancy Stewart, Wal-Mart
As SVP and CTO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Nancy Stewart is the only woman on this list whose title and job description don't directly include the word storage. But as the person in charge of technology implementation for one of the bellwether companies in the IT world, we think she belongs here.
After all, if companies like IBM, HP, Microsoft, NCR, and SAS -- all reportedly Wal-Mart suppliers of data management solutions -- hang on Stewart's decisions, we think that more than qualifies her as a key storage influencer.