The year 2018 for the storage industry is shaping up to be a year that looks more like an extension of 2017 than a sea change. Many trends – increased cloud adoption, the shift from disk to flash storage, the move towards software-defined everything – continue to shape the storage and data center infrastructure.
Though the trends are familiar, 2018 won’t be boring. Vendors large and small, as well as their channel partners, have to make decisions that could impact their very existence. The continuing shift in the old guard of storage and the lack of knowledge in the U.S. about the massive coming impact from GDPR means 2018 will turn out to be an exciting time after all.