Simplicity and transparency are becoming standard features in storage

Storage has never been simple, and transparency is not synonymous with storage management. Could it be that the latest-generation storage startups have finally cracked that challenge? Scott D. Lowe asks the question, after visiting a number of these companies as part of Storage Field Day 1.

I spent a lot of time this week with various storage vendors, including Dell, Coraid, Pure Storage, Brocade, Tintri and more.   While the presentations tended to be very technical, some practitioner tidbits managed to make their way to the surface as well and, in reviewing the various sessions, there are some clear commonalities that I saw across the board and they spell good things for businesses that want to refocus their Information Technology efforts more toward bottom line-driven business objectives.

About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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