Is There Any Scope Left For Storage Industry Real Innovation?
StorageNewsletter.com, August 31st, 2021
September 12, 2021,
Volume 282, Issue 2

Over the past 9 decades, the storage industry has brought to market numerous ground-breaking technologies and architectures, many of which are still in use today, years after they first appeared on the market

Every day, vendors announce new products that seemingly offer something different from the myriad of competing solutions already available; but are these simple updates to existing technologies, with a few tweaks and additions? Or are they truly original? At a time when so much has already been developed, can storage vendors still be innovative?

To find out, let's go back to the very start of the storage industry as we know it. It was nearly a century ago, in 1928, that Austrian scientist Fritz Pfleumer patented the first magnetic tape. Since then, tape has played a significant role in the storage of data. Veniamin Simonov, director of product management, Nakivo, Inc., agrees: 'There have been numerous breakthroughs in the storage industry since the times of magnetic tape which, over the years, has helped to revolutionise how data is stored. Since then, we've seen the move to disk storage, which has included floppy disks, HDD drives, optical disk drives, and so on.'

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