: Storage Startups Target Mid-Market"> Some enterprises have found success with startups. Shawn Mashino, infrastructure project leader at General Electric Co. division GE Plastics, runs Astrums software on almost 30 file servers, spanning 2 terabytes, and will soon install it on another 2 TB of an EMC Symmetrix SAN (storage-area network) and on an EMC Celerra NAS (network attached storage) system. Before taking a chance on the startup, "we put it through some really heavy testing on development servers and didnt have any issues with it," said Mashino, in Pittsfield, Mass. Astrum, he said, has been "very open and cooperative." The product could use login security, script execution options and the ability to import users, he said.Besides business data, the National Football League franchise also stores game video. Its all on a 3-TB SAN from Storage Technology Corp., of Louisville, Colo., and on 3 terabytes of direct-attached storage. Goss used virtual LAN switches from then-startup Xylan Corp., a year before incumbent Cisco Systems Inc. legitimized that niche with its own products. The risk factor was alleviated when Alcatel SA acquired Xylan in 1999, he said. Still, "the only thing we would gamble with on the storage side of things is if its redundant. We would be very cautious," he said.
"We have all the typical data that anybody would have to run a business, [but] weve stepped off the edge in several places," said Roger Goss, director of IT for the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte, N.C.