Last weekend, two weather systems merged off the coast of New England, creating a blizzard of "historic proportions". Each weather system wasn't particularly important by itself; but somewhat disruptive when combined.
And it took a while to dig out :)
I believe a similar pattern is brewing in our IT world -- two trends are on a collision course; with the likely result being a significant disruption in the storage sector.
The first trend is, of course, the software-defined data center, and all its software-defined subcategories: server, network, storage, etc.
Anything that's virtualized has demonstrated it's far easier to consume: easier to acquire, provision, and manage -- and that includes storage.
The second trend is the insatiable demand for ever more storage capacity and associated functionality. Historically a market with healthy growth, it shows clear signs of ratcheting into an entirely new gear, fueled by demand for all sorts of big data applications.
Although this particular IT mega-storm isn't here yet, you can see what's likely to happen. And all of us are advised to think ahead.