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Maranti Makes a Monster

Another startup, another monster storage switch - another pipe dream?

Startup Maranti Networks is hoping to give the storage networking world a jolt next October when it plans to come out of stealth mode and unveil a monster multiprotocol SAN switch.

The switch will have more than 400 ports, the company says, which makes it more than four times the size of the beast being developed by Andiamo, the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) spin-in (see Ciscos Secret SAN Strategies Revealed).

A big deal? Well, it might be if it weren’t for the fact that plenty of other startups are planning monster switches -- and appear to be further ahead than Maranti in developing products and raising cash. Maranti has raised a mere $6 million so far and the VC firm putting up the cash doesn’t want to be identified, which might be significant.

It’s also worth noting that at least one startup developing a truly monster switch, Cereva Networks Inc., has run into a few problems (see Top Ten Private Storage Networking Companies).

Another thing that’s disconcerting about Maranti is its Website. The news section declares that “news is history,” which is a bit ironic -- unless they subscribe to the Henry Ford corollary, "History is bunk!" For the section is empty, and the company clearly has more history than it cares to divulge to the average onlooker.

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