Dell's move to gobble up EMC for $67 billion was the largest disruption in a year full of changes and new technologies for the data storage industry in 2015.
If you think back to the data storage market landscape at the beginning of 2015, you would hardly recognize the place today.
You heard the words transition and disruption thrown around a lot by storage people this year, and with good reason. After all the changes in 2015, it's hard to imagine a year in which the storage industry looked as different at the end as it did at the start.
For starters, some of the world's largest storage companies are set up a lot differently entering 2016 than they were a year ago. Longtime undisputed storage king EMC is now part of Dell -- at least, it will be after Dell's $67 billion acquisition closes. Symantec spit Veritas back out and Hewlett-Packard split into two companies in 2015. NetApp changed CEOs and acquired an all-flash startup. Storage sales from the largest vendors plummeted, flash began replacing disks in significant measure and cloud began doing the same to on-premises storage. Startups that offer flash, cloud and hyper-convergence had no trouble grabbing venture funding early in the year, but there were signs of the faucet getting turned off by the end.