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Candera in the Wind

PHOENIX -- Storage Networking World Spring 2003 -- Candera Inc. continues to drip-feed information about its storage management device. The startup is still holding off on saying exactly what its box does, when it will be finished, or how much it will cost.

Sundi Sundaresh, president and CEO of Candera, refers to the product as "the first enterprise-class network storage controller on the market." What does that mean, you ask? Generally, Candera has talked about providing storage provisioning, charge-back, and other services via its purpose-built device, supposedly eliminating the need to separately manage different vendors' systems.

"We don't want to contribute to hype and set expectations that we can't deliver on," Sundaresh says, by way of explaining why Candera is not revealing many details of its system yet. Fine: How about setting expectations you can deliver on?

At Storage Networking World this week, the company (formerly called Confluence Networks) made a big deal out of the various devices and software it claims to be interoperable with -- more than 15 separate vendors' products (see Candera Gets Interoperable).

These include storage from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc., MTI Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: MTIC), Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK), and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW); Fibre Channel switches from Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD), McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA), and QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC); volume managers from HP, IBM, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Sun, and Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS); multiple host bus adapters; and various storage software applications.

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