When you want storage information and don't want to sift through your thousands of followers on Twitter, just check the feeds of those in the following list. InfoStor did the dirty work for you and found the top individuals you should follow for the latest and greatest news and insights in the storage industry.
We also questioned them to gain some insight into their thoughts about 2012 and predictions for 2013. A few key trends emerged, as several mentioned flash and cloud storage, in particular.
Many of the experts on our list have founded their own companies and are extremely active in the industry. Whether they're blogging, tweeting or speaking at industry conferences, these individuals will keep you in the know.
1. Greg Ness, @Archimedius, blogs about everything from virtualization to security and even more. If you look at his most recent posts, you'll find he's passionate about cloud computing. Ness currently works at a cloud automation startup in Silicon Valley. His recent Twitter activity has included information about his launch of Cloud Velocity.
2. Kevin Jackson, @Kevin_Jackson, has been involved in the tech industry for almost 20 years. He founded his own company, Zocom, which provides IT consulting services to government and commercial customers. Last year, he published a book titledGovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government. When asked about recent developments, Jackson answered, "Holographic storage is a little closer to reality." And he also mentioned the storage system behind the NYPD's Domain Awareness System. In addition, he said, "[The] availability of large amounts of very low cost (sometimes free) cloud storage (Apple, Amazon, Google, Dropbox, etc) was also a major advancement." This year, Jackson is looking forward to "free unlimited storage in the cloud combined with advanced unstructured search capabilities and a voice interface.
3. David Linthicum, @DavidLinthicum, founded Blue Mountain, a cloud computing consulting and advisory firm, which was acquired by Bick Ventures. He has authored and coauthored thirteen books focusing on computing. In the last several years he has been most enthusiastic about the technology of cloud computing, focusing on how the modern enterprise can work with cloud computing. Linthicum argued for "better security in the world of storage, including more pervasive use of identity management" as one of the biggest advancements of the previous year. He also mentioned "price drops, which makes storage more affordable, and more extension of storage to mobile devices." For 2013, he predicted we'll see "more cloud storage penetration into larger enterprises." He advised, "The ability to create a strategy around the use of new storage systems, including cloud-based storage, should be on the top of the to-do list for 2013.
4. Ben Kepes, @benkepes, focuses on how cloud computing enables more flexibility in working environments. He speaks at conferences and events worldwide as a member of Clouderati. For 2013, Kepes is looking forward to "smart use of software to increase storage efficiency.
5. Stephen Foskett, @SFoskett, founded Foskett Services, which provides IT and business strategy solutions. The author of numerous articles, Foskett has been involved with TechTarget's Storagemagazine since the first issue. He also speaks at industry conferences and teaches "Storage 101" at Storage Decisions. He thought the biggest advancements of 2012 included "Microsoft's release of Windows server 2012 and SMB 3.0, the broad acceptance of T10 standard array integration in VMware vSphere 5 VAAI and Microsoft ODX and scale-out storage has gone mainstream, especially in converged infrastructure offerings." For the current year, Foskett will "be watching the development of flash-optimized storage arrays from smaller upstarts into credible competitors for the big guys. They will either start taking market share or be bought! I'll also be watching for signs of uptake of InfiniBand as a LAN and SAN alternative. Plus, Apple's Fusion Drive will bring automated tiered storage to the masses." He added, "Storage has never been so interesting and dynamic. There's so much to learn about, and so much to consider, that I'm really enjoying this ride!"