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Merrill Lynch Sizes Up Network Storage: Page 3 of 3

He sees a “gentle shift in computing towards storage networking.” First, server-area networks will gain traction, followed by data centers and, eventually, giant “networked-data centers” covering wide geographic areas: “SANs will be absolutely necessary to run these."

The determination of which vendors will be in demand comes down to software leadership, being able to offer multiple different functions for solution providers, he concluded. “We consistently heard that ease of management is an issue, so look for innovation here.”

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Byte and Switch