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LSI Logic's Hidden Storage Gem: Page 3 of 4

The division's software strategy, Santoni says, is to find multiple ways to make storage management easier and more flexible for users, especially those with a wide mix of heterogenous systems.

On the branded-product front, LSI offers its MetaStor E series of Fibre Channel storage systems for server-attached and SAN implementations, available in a capacity range from 90 Gbytes to 16 Tbytes. For NAS installations, LSI has the MetaStor N series of systems, which support a wide range of software protocols and have a capacity range from 18 to 73 Gbytes.

Though Santoni says LSI's OEM business isn't going away, the branded products allow LSI to pursue the market that its server customers typically ignore.

"The server vendors usually focus more on [selling] storage attached to their servers," Santoni says. "There's a big [storage] aftermarket for customers who already own servers."

Banc of America's Lee, who rates LSI as a Market Performer, says he sees some long-term growth potential in the company's storage businesses. But since LSI's overall bread-and-butter sales targets are communications (see LSI Logic Pairs With Wind River) and storage system vendors -- two of the weakest markets in technology right now -- Lee doesn't see any quick turnaround.