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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

Where Will Innovation Come from in '03?

Can storage managers expect new companies to bring innovative approaches to the market in the near future? That's the question we put to two seasoned storage venture capitalists. Jo Tango, general partner at Highland Capital Partners in Lexington, MA, is best known for backing HighGround before the SAN management startup was sold to Sun Microsystems. Chris Baldwin, general partner at the Waltham, MA-based Charles River Ventures, is a veteran of many networking and storage ventures, including Pirus Networks, the intelligent switch firm, also acquired by Sun. Both are still continuing to invest in storage startups, although more selectively. Between the two, we came up with this list of product categories that you're likely to see startups get funding and be successful in: Consolidation, particularly bringing together technologies like iSCSI and blade servers Higher I/O systems like 3GIO Management and integration, and not just for software companies. Baldwin believes that new companies will apply concepts from the networking ...

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