1) HSM, ILM, ITIL still lack the appropriate policy management software to truly allow storage to move between tiers. Sad, really – processing power is at an all-time high price/performance ratio, yet we don’t have software that can effectively leverage this power to even “brute force” analyze data and provide automated, policy-driven data migration.
2) The midrange storage space is about to explode with new products. All of the SAS products coming to market are going to put increased pressure on FC margins and revenue. Who knows? In three years, we say some really nifty products in attractive, inexpensive packages. I’m waiting for storage vendors to start offering enclosures with hundreds of 2.5” drives. The thought of a thousand 2.5” drives per rack solves lots of problems for me.
3) Things are tough all over. No, really – every facet of IT spending seems to be falling under scrutiny. Many of my peers, who once bought IBM, EMC and HP are talking with – and buying from – Hitachi, NEC, Pillar and a host of others, just because these players are offering more (more professional services, migrations, price breaks, etc).