'Stakes are High in 2003' for storage system vendors and customers

June 18, 2003
18 June 2003 Boston, MA Lightwave Europe--According to a new Yankee Group report Next-Generation Storage Systems Target Application Requirements and Efficiency, compliance will drive companies in multiple vertical segments to deploy more sophisticated optical storage systems.

'Stakes are High in 2003' for storage system vendors and customers

18 June 2003 Boston, MA--According to a new Yankee Group report Next-Generation Storage Systems Target Application Requirements and Efficiency, compliance will drive companies in multiple vertical segments to deploy storage systems that better handle nearline backup, archiving, and ongoing access of fixed content.

Yankee Group estimates the content storage market will more rapidly address this growing corporate requirement.

"Customers need to make more informed decisions about storage systems in 2003. Gone are the days of just buying a dumb storage array or feature-slim NAS system for your data," said Jamie Gruener, Yankee Group Enterprise Computing & Networking senior analyst.

"Now, the decision must include factors such as matching application requirements and data quality of service, to storage system features, system performance, availability, network support, standards adherence, and availability. Most important will be determining how application data is best supported by new generations of storage systems from established market vendors and start-ups."

The shift to network storage accelerated in 2002 and will increase in speed over the next several years as IP storage systems (both block and file) come to market to improve the ease of deployment and management of network storage.

Crucial to customer adoption of these systems will be adherence to industry standards, price, and ease of use. Fibre Channel networks will continue to be the mainstay of the network storage market for the next half decade, but will face increasing competition from IP-based systems that address a mix of different application needs.

For further information visit www.yankeegroup.com

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