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Storigen: Echoes of Akamai: Page 3 of 3

Storigen’s VP of engineering, John Ywoskus, was director of engineering at Avid, while Dennis Hoffman, VP of marketing, was previously in charge of strategy and business development at Avid.

Could Storigen be the next Akamai? Good question. The economy is much tougher for startups now -- VCs are retrenching, and the IPO market is almost nonexistant.

Still, Gartner/Dataquest has high expectations for the Internet appliance market. It predicts a compound annual growth rate of more than 50 percent, reaching a worldwide market size of about $14 billion by 2004.

So if Storigen delivers solid product, and its technology model helps SSPs deliver better storage services to customers at a lower cost, it could be a company to watch.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Byte and Switch