We can be a tight-knit group in the storage world.
For years, I've followed the IDC and Gartner market share numbers, and -- other than jockeying for market share points and stack ranking -- it's a familiar vendor landscape.
But change might be upon us.
Virtualization has completely transformed the server landscape, and the same process has begun in earnest in the network and storage worlds. While the exact path might be unclear, the endpoint isn't: it's a world where network and storage functionality is preferred to be expressed as software stacks, running on virtualized server hardware.
Today, VMware wouldn't show up on any list of top storage vendors.
But I can make a bold prediction that -- within a few years -- VMware will likely be on that list.