6. Dana Gardner, @Dana_Gardner, an industry analyst since 1999, is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Interarbor Solutions is a research and advisory company focusing on trends in service oriented architecture (SOA). In 2001 and 2002, Technology Marketing magazine named Gardner a "Top Industry Influencer" for IT industry analysts. Gardner participates in a wide array of IT industry events, such as this recent tweetchat regarding SMB IT Predictions for 2013.
7. Dr. Paul Miller, @PaulMiller, founded Cloud of Data in 2008. He has been involved in advising and monitoring several committees. One of his more recent engagements was the 2012 Could Computing Conferences, hosted by VentureBeat. Miller often converses with other storage pros on Twitter.
8. Greg Schulz, @storageio, a vExpert for many years, founded StorageIO in 2006 and is currently a senior analyst there. He has written three books on data infrastructure and is also an expert in servers. Schulz's tweets demonstrate his expertise in the storage sector.
9. Roman Stanek, @RomanStanek, has founded three companies in his career, GoodData, NetBeans and Systinet. Currently, he is the CEO at GoodData, which utilizes cloud computing to provide valuable business intelligence insights. NetBeans and Systinet have been acquired and are now owned by Oracle and HP, respectively. Stanek recently tweeted about his debate on VentureBeat "Can 'big data' lift people out of cycles of debt? "
10. Cormac Hogan, @VMwareStorage, a VMware staffer, focuses on vSphere Storage Appliance. His expertise as a technical support escalation engineer has enabled him to develop training materials, write many white papers and be a key speaker on storage best practices.
According to Hogan, "We saw more and more momentum with cloud storage in 2012. Not only are companies offering gateways to cloud storage, but a number of companies now offer DR as a Service, using cloud for the DR site, including storage."
He added, "Software-defined storage is also gaining momentum. We're not yet at the point where applications can define their storage needs and send those requirements directly to the array (IOPS, latency, snapshot-capable, replication, deduplication, etc), but we're certainly on the path to having this behaviour become the norm."
He also noted "the continued emergence of flash storage, not just all-flash arrays, but using flash as part of a tiering solution, as well as PCIe flash. These vendors are now entering the main stream, as the reliability of flash improves and the cost reduces and customers begin to understand the performance benefits flash can give them."
For 2013, Hogan is forecasting the "mainstreaming of flash (further cost reductions, further reliability enhancements), and more progress towards software defined storage where applications define their storage needs dynamically rather than administrators manually carving out chunks of storage for applications."