reliant reading list 2016 stories2016 has been a time of change for IT and specifically data storage. This year included mergers, acquisitions, and new technologies that will alter the way we manage, store, and protect our data for years to come. Because so much happened in the world of IT, we have decided to bring you the biggest insights and trends from 2016.

This week’s Reliant Reading List features articles from a number of sources: International Business Times, The Wall Street Journal, SearchStorage, and more.

1. Dell Closes $60 Billion Merger with EMC

Dell Inc. Wednesday said it completed its $60 billion deal to acquire EMC Corp., the largest technology merger in history. The new company, to be named Dell Technologies, aims to be a one-stop shop for information technology sold to business.

From The Wall Street Journal

2. Harnessing the Rise of Hybrid IT

Hybrid IT is a pragmatic response to the challenge of merging legacy systems with new environments and platforms. It’s about finding a path to seamless governance, process, and management frameworks, so that new and old can be balanced in harmony....”

From Data Center Knowledge

3. A Look at the Future of Data Storage Careers

As technologies converge in the modern data center, traditional jobs and responsibilities are being reshaped. In Storage magazine's most recent storage salary survey, data showed that these days, on average, storage pros spend...”

From SearchStorage

4. Seagate Announces 60TB SSD, The World's Largest Capacity Solid-State-Drive

Seagate’s 60TB SAS SSD just trumped Samsung’s 15.36TB SSD which was just announced last week. Seagate managed to quadruple what Samsung was able to accomplish and was also able to house it in a 3.5-inch body. Seagate first showed off the 60TB SSD during this year’s Flash Memory Summit....”

From International Business Times

5. The 2016 State of IT

The results are in! We've got the latest IT trends, including breaking news on budgets, tech trends, and the general state of IT....

From Spiceworks


All of these stories made this list because they signify a change in the IT industry that can’t be ignored. Whether it be IT budgets decreasing, solid state capacity jumping to 60TB in a single drive, or a history making acquisition of one of the largest names in data storage, there’s no doubt that 2016 was one for the books.