SMBs enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of storage options. It was true back in April when I blogged about new SMB market entries from HP and IBM, and it's even more true today, as this internetnews.com article illustrates.
A number of trends are fueling the growth in SMB storage, according to analysts interviewed in the article, including the growing tech sophistication of some SMBs and optimistic spending projections for the year ahead.
The article provides links to several new SMB storage products from big vendors, including Dell, IBM and EMC, and notes that there are also plenty of niche vendors targeting the market.
The end result of all of this vendor activity, according to the article, should be "economies of scale, better price leverage and hopefully actual specific features and functions" that will satisfy SMB storage needs. While this is true, the sheer number of different options could also create market confusion, I'd imagine.
Several of the trends mentioned in the article have also been featured in IT Business Edge blogs over the past year. Among them: iSCSI, storage-attached networks (SAN),network attached storage (NAS), virtualization and storage appliances.