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An IDC study paints a darker picture, showing the largest decline in IT spending in 2002 was for storage with an extreme decline of 10.6 percent. IDC predicts zero or minimal recovery for storage in 2003.

SAN vs. NAS

In last year's Survivor's Guide we predicted the battle between NAS and SAN would stalemate as the two markets melded, but the effect was rather that the NAS market started to shrink. It will continue to shrink and not simply due to a depressed market. The commoditization of the SAN market is making some of the bigger NAS vendors jump ship--2002 saw Maxtor exit the NAS market and Quantum sell off the Snap Appliances division. It even saw NAS stalwart Network Appliance begin selling standard SANs.

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