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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Best and worst list for 2003

It's that time of year my friends--time for the annual Steve rankings of the good, bad and ugly. While these opinions are entirely my own, and have no legitimate bearing on anything, you'd be amazed at how coveted the recognition is. There was actual lobbying after last years results, none of which I can remember. The good news for all is that 2003 is over, and the recovery has begun. Some died along the way, but most made it through the tough times, and 2004 looks like it could be a banner year for us storage folks. Biggest beer muscles of 2003: Cisco. The juggernaut dramatically overestimated its storage muscle and found itself munching a truckload of humble pie. Storage OEMs control the sale of Fibre Channel switches, and they weren't too keen on losing account control to Cisco. Don't count them out though. Cisco is too good not to figure out how to change the game. Best new CEO inheriting a big company: Gary Bloom, Veritas. While others are merging, purging and acquiring, Veritas continues to gain customers and sell more to ...

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Features in this issue

  • Recent Funding

    Cash for several storage startups

  • Plan on disk-based backup

    by  Shane O'Neill

    Will 2004 be a breakthrough year for disk-based backup solutions? A new survey of Storage readers finds that while users are reluctant to completely eliminate tape from their backup environments, many are planning to deploy disk to complement tape in the next year.

  • Modular arrays earn new trust

    Modular arrays have come a long way recently, but are you ready to risk all of your company's mission-critical data on them?

  • Getting ready for IP SANs

    by  James Damoulakis

    IP SANs promise benefits to groups within your organization that up until now haven't had access to these kinds of capabilities. But before you even think of deploying an IP SAN, read this article.

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