Storage Markets, an innovative company providing impartial, cost-effective market research to the data storage industry, announced trading for a newly posted question addressing whether enterprise storage customers will move towards homogeneous (i.e. single vendor) storage solutions in 2007.
Much has been made of the costs and benefits of heterogeneous storage environments where storage elements from multiple vendors must interoperate to meet customer storage requirements. The argument in favor of heterogeneous storage has been that it can save money by buying best-of-breed SAN products and avoiding vendor lock in. The arguments against claim it can lead to unexpected organizational and operational expense in managing the disparate components. Understanding if enterprise IT and storage customers are evolving towards more homogeneous purchasing behaviors and deployment is key to many decisions being made by storage vendors and investors.
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