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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2016

The rise of flash storage and software-defined storage, the fall of traditional storage, a revolving door of vendors, massive venture capital investments, and the end of an independent EMC made 2016 the most exciting year ever in storage.

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1. Dell: The New Undisputed King Of The Storage Ring

Dell in September closed its long-awaited acquisition of EMC, making it the world's largest data storage company. However, the company now needs to consolidate storage platforms. And it has to wrestle with how to build on its future-looking software-defined technology while ensuring it doesn't suffer from too quick a move away from its legacy proprietary storage business.

Remember, however, that the acquisition is more than storage: EMC makes Dell the world's largest data center infrastructure vendor. In addition to being the largest storage vendor, Dell EMC is also the world's second-largest server vendor, the industry leader in virtualization and budding cloud tech provider with VMware, and a networking and PC powerhouse.

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