Given that the intelligent SAN switch market is officially a one-horse race right now, it might seem a little early to focus on this area of storage networking. Maxxan Systems Inc. stands alone as the only vendor currently shipping an intelligent storage area network switch.
However, there are compelling reasons why now is the best time to consider intelligent SAN switches. Although most of the technology is bleeding-edge or still in the planning stage, just about every switch vendor is aggressively pushing toward this technology, as eWEEK Labs found during vendor visits and tech demonstrations throughout the summer.
In addition, major software vendors such as Veritas Software Corp. are planning their own strategies for intelligent SAN switches, so we expect the technology to change the landscape of storage networking during the next few years—and probably even faster if an intelligent SAN switch standard reaches fruition sooner rather than later.
If the standard effort slips past the middle of next year, however, it could slow the market for this product category.