Storage companies once again dominated the show floor at VMware big annual conference, VMworld.
Held for the last time in San Francisco before moving to Las Vegas next year, VMworld was full of storage startups vying for attention from the assembled enterprise technology crowd. One analyst I spoke with said that he had counted 80 storage companies that he was tracking. With so many companies competing for market share, the traditional incumbents EMC and NetApp have some fierce competition ahead of them.
The number of competitors didn’t appear to faze Primary Data, ClearSky Data and Reduxio, who all launched at the show. It’s starting to feel like storage startups spontaneously appear whenever the density of nerds reaches some mysterious threshold.