Fifteen years ago, storage conferences dominated the IT event calendar. Storage Networking World and Storage World were packed full of vendors displaying the latest and greatest storage arrays, solid-state drives (SSDs), and automated tape libraries. However, since storage hardware isn’t the specialty it used to be, those shows are no longer on the calendar.
Not so long ago, there were people devoted to deploying storage area networks (SANs), others required to maintain and run network attached storage (NAS), and still others specializing in storage switches, host bus adapters, and other items of hardware. But in these days of virtualization, cloud computing, and software-defined storage (SDS), the heyday of storage hardware is behind us.READ MORE