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European SAN Uptake Grows, Says FCIA

Latest report shows Europe closing the SAN gap with the US

SAN adoption rates in Europe are nearing those of the U.S., according to a study released Friday by the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and Macarthur Stroud International.

According to the report, 32 percent of 300 companies surveyed in May 2001 across the continent had implemented a SAN, and all others had evaluated one. This represents growth of 120 percent over the previous year, the report states.

The report authors say the new figures indicate that SANs have penetrated 17.5 percent of all small to medium-sized companies in Europe, compared to 18.5 percent in the U.S.

The results were presented at a Webcast held by the FCIA Friday. Peter Coleman, president of the FCIA and director of sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Gadzoox Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ZOOX), and Paul Talbut, chairman of the FCIA and managing director of U.K. firm Hardware Planning Services (HPS), a Fibre Channel integration company, hosted the event.

Why aren't the figures higher? The economic climate has resulted in a slowdown of adoption in Europe,” said Talbut, “and that continues to have some impact.” He said Europe is halfway through a six-month lull in SAN adoption and he expects the market to pick up again in early 2002. “End-of-year budgets are being spent, and proactive planning is happening again.".

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