Research Study Reports SANs Moving to Middle Market
Storage networking vendors may want to take a close look at catering to midsized corporations, which are on track to rapidly increase their adoption of SANs over the next three years, according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research Inc. The survey said use of SAN-attached storage among medium-sized businesses should increase from 34 percent in 2003 to 52 percent in 2005. By comparison, the number of large enterprises using storage networking products is expected to increase less dramatically, remaining flat at 76 percent between 2004 and 2005. "This is certainly a good validation of the potential in the [midrange] market," said Neil Osipuk, an Infonetics analyst. "I think it would be a smart move for companies to look to that segment and expand their product portfolios. ... Were already seeing more companies targeting that part of the market."
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MSI Unveils 52x External CD-R/RW Drive
Micro-star International (MSI) last week introduced its new external 52x32x52x CD-RW drive, the CRE52-M. With performance of 52x32x52x (maximum write/rewrite/read speed), MSIs CRE52-M drive can burn a 60-minute CD in less than three minutes. The USB 2.0 drive is capable of writing to 90- or 99-minute discs and comes with the Nero 5 burning software.
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Storage Software Sales Continue To Drop
The global storage software market declined nine percent in the first quarter of 2003 from the previous three-month period, said research firm IDC in a report issued last week. "The modest decline in storage software revenue for first quarter is consistent with typical seasonal patterns," said Bill North, a research director for IDCs storage software division. "And theyre in line with our forecasts for growth in 2003." Backup and archive storage software remained the top sellers, accounting for approximately 44 percent of all storage software sales, IDC said.
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BlueArc Nets $47 Million in Funding Round
NAS startup BlueArc Corp. received $47 million in funding, the company said last week. BlueArc also announced a 20 percent increase in customers during the second quarter and a 57 percent jump in revenue. The latest round was led by Meritech Capital Partners, with co-investments from Crosslink Capital and RWI Group. The 5-year-old company has received more than $150 million in funding to date.
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