There have been more than a dozen acquisitions in the storage market this year and Dave Simpson, ed-in-chief of sister site InfoStor, predicts that the consolidation will continue at a torrid pace. Here’s a recap of some of his top picks.
“It’s hard to believe that there’s already been 10 storage acquisitions this year, but in fact there were more like 15. And if the last couple weeks are any indication, we may have another 10 before the year is out.
“If you look at the acquisitions in terms of technologies, SSDs, storage optimization (data deduplication and compression), cloud storage, and converged networks rank high on the list.
“To whittle the list down to 10, I factored in the size of the deal, the surprise factor, and the impact of the acquisition on the industry at large. So here are my picks:
“#3: IBM – STORWIZE
“This one had been rumored for weeks before IBM made it official, so it ranks low on the surprise factor but high on the industry influence scale. Even more than the Dell-Ocarina deal, and even more than NetApp’s evangelizing, IBM’s acquisition of data compression specialist Storwize put data reduction for primary storage in the #1 spot among Hot Storage Technologies.
“#2: VISION SOLUTIONS – DOUBLE-TAKE
“This one ranked high on the surprise factor (because Vision Solutions isn’t exactly well-known in the storage community) and it also ranked high on dollars, being valued at $242 million. Those two factors earned it the #2 ranking, although IBM-Storwize and Dell-Ocarina may be more interesting and certainly got a lot more ink.”
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