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Zombies on the Move

There is a subset of storage and data infrastructure solutions that can only be classified as zombie technologies.

Now, being classified as zombie tech is not a bad thing, particularly when the so-called "dead technology" is generating more revenue and margin than many upstarts' emerging technologies combined.

Zombie technology is any product or solution that has been declared dead or extinct, yet is still being used and enhanced and keeps generating revenue for manufacturers or resellers.

Zombie technologies lack the flash and marketing appeal of newer and emerging trends. These are the supposedly dead-end technologies that typically do not get the media or industry buzz they once did, but make up for it in ongoing sales.

One example: FICON. While some may view this as a dead, it continues to be deployed and has been upgraded to support 4-Gbit/s mode on switches and directors.

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