Re: Slowing Down
I'm so glad I left the storage field a couple years ago. I've been dealing with storage since the late 90s, from EMC Symmetrix all the way up through today's hybrid and all-flash arrays. It was a good run and an interesting field, but it's become too crowded, too commoditized, and too many potential customers moving to the cloud.
When I hear of companies like Pure (whom I didn't believe in at first, but turns out their focus-on-the-enterprise strategy did pretty well) putting out these kinds of earnings reports, I think, yeah time for you to get acquired by one of the big boys and fade into the sunset.
That's an exaggeration of course - I don't think Pure is going anywhere. But I do think the rocket ship ride is over, not just for them, but for storage vendors in general. And if you're an early stage startup looking to break into storage...WHY? I don't see why any investor would waste good money backing a company in an already crowded and contracting field when there are plenty of opportunities in the SaaS and cloud spaces.
In my opinion, storage is a dinosaur now. The ride is over. Move on.