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A Fresh Top Ten

BURLINGAME, Calif. StoragePlus 2006 – When it comes to storage networking, there are plenty of knots to untie. As our StoragePlus event here shows, many aspects of data management and storage are works in progress and, in fact, appear to be growing in complexity every day.

(Yes, there's still time to attend. Come join us at the San Francisco Airport Marriott later today and through tomorrow for what's proving to be a most interesting and worthwhile conference.) Click here for more information.

Which brings us to another point. Since storage is such a volatile area at the moment, we've decided to try something new in the way of profiling key trends.

Here's the thing: After Labor Day, we at Byte and Switch usually turn our thoughts to updating our Top Ten Private Companies list. This year, though, we decided it was time for a change – or an enhancement, if you will – instead of an update.

Why, we asked, rehash the same list of likely candidates poised on the edge of IPO? BlueArc, CommVault, Isilon, Riverbed – we all know the score there. Right now, everyone knows they're successful. (See BlueArc Returns to Trough, Isilon Reveals IPO Plans, and Riverbed Sets IPO Terms.)

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