The Register, 1/3/16
Storage year in review, part 3: Winners, losers, refugees, death, near-death, and a miraculous recovery ... all these were things that characterised the year for storage suppliers in 2015. They experienced earthquake-level changes as the movement of tectonic storage plates like flash, the cloud, server-based storage and activist investors shook old assumptions to the core.
Cash gushed from VCs into startups, and CEOs came and went in a year of titanic changes climaxing with EMC running (or about to run) into the arms of Dell in ... but there was more to come.
Let’s start with mergers and acquisitions, and even some de-mergers. Here's a list of some of the events in the year:
- WD buying SanDisk
- EMC being bought by Dell partially due to activist investor Elliott Management’s influence
- EMC bought Virtusream and its cloud management business
- Avago bought Emulex as its Fibre Channel HBA Diversification efforts stalled
- Overland did a reverse merger/was acquired by Canada’s Sphere 3D but continued its heroic loss-making activities
- Imation fell into the hands of activist investors who then had it buy Connected Data in a strategy to add value to the poorly-selling Nexsan arrays
- IBM bought object storage house Cleversafe
- Seagate re-integrated semi-spun-off EVault back in-house
- Seagate bought Dot Hill
- Citrix bought Sanbolic and its software-defined storage
- HGST bought Amplidata
- And NetApp bought SolidFire