IDC issued a news release with their top 10 global storage predications for 2007. I only had a chance to see the first three in the release, but that was enough to convince me that the predictions are on track and relevant to a couple of major trends underway.
Richard Villars' comment on bridging the gap between server and storage solutions is spot on. In fact, Gear6 just released a new whitepaper titled Server Virtualization: Avoiding the I/O Trap. The basic premise is that deploying server virtualization without considering the storage implications can have unintended consequences. We first explored this in an earlier blog post, Virtual I/O Trap.
Prediction #3 is also relevant:
3. Explosion in file-based data will drive more investments in file virtualization and clustered file solutions
More on that in a soon-to-come post.