2008 will go down in history as a year of extraordinary financial upheaval, but for storage users, it was also a year of major technological change, as technologies such as solid state drives (SSDs), data de-duplication and pNFS entered the mainstream, while the economic backdrop had users clamoring for any technology that could help them make better use of their storage environments.
So which stories on Enterprise Storage Forum resonated most with readers this year? A look at the most-read stories suggests that readers couldn't get enough of Linux file systems, pNFS or the fate of Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA), while virtualization, SSDs and EMC's (NYSE: EMC) ongoing battle with NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) also ranked high.
Without further ado (and with apologies to David Letterman), here is our top ten list for 2008:
Linux File Systems: Ready for the Future?: In response to the firestorm over Linux file systems, our enterprise storage columnist sticks to his guns.
Linux File Systems: You Get What You Pay For: Linux file systems pose performance issues that storage users need to be aware of.
Sun May Surprise Its Critics: Sun has much more time than its critics think.
NFS Enters a Parallel Universe: pNFS could change the storage world.
The Future of NFS Arrives: The article that first outlined the revolutionary potential of pNFS.
Should EMC Buy Sun?: Could EMC and Sun be a match?
Hyper-V Not Yet Ready for Storage Prime Time: Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) virtualization offering has a ways to go before it catches VMware (NYSE: VMW).
Intel Sees Gold in Solid State Storage: With Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) co-founder Gordon Moore personally involved, the solid state storage market could be big.
EMC Kicks NetApp's NAS: EMC is giving NetApp fits in its own market.
Apple Could Learn A Lot From EMC: Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is doing a lot of things right, but there's one critical lesson the company could learn from EMC.