How big is this SAN market? According to all the customers I meet, ALL storage going forward will be located in a SAN. Server blade technology, server consolidation, disaster recovery and data management are the driving factors. You can do the math on how much per year this means... It's in multiple billions.
Who are the market leaders? For SAN manufacturers, it's Hitachi, EMC, IBM and Compaq.
What is the future of SAN? SAN will be a force going forward for the foreseeable future. The connections and protocols may change down the road and NAS functionality will be part of the solution but network based storage is here to stay.
Who is going to benefit from this? Customers. The benefits of SAN are too many to pass up for enterprise customers not to take advantage of it.
Editor's note: For more information on what's what in the SAN market, check out this Ask the Expert Q&A from Chris.
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This was first published in June 2002