Storage News Digest: 18-Dec-02
Interoperability is Job One for SANs ... Cisco hypes VSANs ... Rosy forecast for DVD player sales ... Storage lures VC funds.
Enterprise StorageYour Storage Area Networking Needs Interoperability is the greatest challenge in building SANs, a roundtable of U.S. IT executives has concluded, and theres a demand for vendors that can easily provide interoperability among Unix, NT and mainframes. Most SANs are recent, and implementation has been driven by cost savings. Half of the roundtable of 10 deployed storage virtualization at their company, pointing to improved utilization and reduced costs.
Read the full story on: The Register
Personal StorageReport DVD Sales Rise, Recorders to Fuel Growth The rapid growth in sales of DVD players will continue over the next few years, said research firm In-Stat/MDR Tuesday. DVD player shipments grew by 61 percent in 2002, driven by consumers attraction to the formats improved picture and audio quality as well as smaller discs. The market for DVD players will hit 84 million units in 2006, spurred by the emergence in 2005 of units that can record as well as play DVDs. Shipments of DVD recorders will reach 32 million units in 2006, the study said. Read the full story on: Yahoo! News
Storage BusinessStorage Sees Action in VC Down Year Venture capital investment fell 60 percent this year, but 2002 was still the fourth-highest investment year in the history of venture funding, according to a report by Ernst & Young and VentureOne. Close to $19 billion has been invested in more than 2,500 VC transactions in the United States, Europe and Israel year-to-date. Unlike the majority of stagnant 2002 IT investments, storage networking startups have seen a fair bit of action. Close to 30 storage companies completed M&A activity this year. For 2003, storage software startups are expected to scoop up the majority of M&A deals, while the flock of next-generation NAS hardware players will string out the pennies to make it through the year. Read the full story on: Byte and Switch