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- distributed storage area networks (SANs) emerging as solution for remote back-ups and archiving,
disaster recovery, Web hosting and content warehousing
- telecoms carriers with optical networks to benefit from WAN SAN growth
- move to Internet protocol (IP) base to lead to standardised SAN approaches
- SMEs to be major long-term beneficiaries but need broadband provision



CAMBRIDGE, UK, December 7, 2001 - Storage and management of the billions of gigabytes of computer data generated each year is driving rapid growth in distributed storage area networks (SANs), and this is good news for optical telecoms carriers, according to a new report, Storage Area Networks: New Revenues for Optical Carriers? from Analysys, the global advisor on telecoms and new media (www.analysys.com).


Analysys forecasts that global revenues from SAN traffic and storage service provision carried over a wide area network (WAN) will reach US.3 billion in 2005, up from US0 million in 2000. Exhibit 1: Total revenues worldwide from WAN SAN traffic and service provision, 2000-2005 is available in attached word file.


Data storage and management are now major issues for businesses of all sizes, according to the Analysys study. Organisations need an array of storage facilities and services, including disaster recovery, Web hosting, content warehousing, digital data exchanges, datamarts, disk mirroring, storage sharing, centralised back-up and archiving.


SANs, which are rapidly emerging as the technology of choice in this area, are now being extended from user sites over the WAN by using dark fibre, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet and IP. This, says Analysys, will lead to the creation of huge networked virtual storage and data management systems.


"By using their high-capacity IP optical networks, telecoms carriers, particularly those operating in the metropolitan and wide area networks, can potentially generate significant new traffic and service revenues for themselves," says report author, Tim Hills.


However, while the opportunities for carriers in this new market are considerable, careful assessment is essential, warns Analysys. Success will depend on having the right combination of characteristics for the carrier's chosen segment of the multi-layered storage market. Key characteristics will include IP network capabilities and capacities; quality of service; access to customers; and data-storage expertise and facilities.


Analysys believes that moving storage networking to an IP base will help eliminate the need for separate storage and data networks, improve management and flexibility, and allow the offering of third-party managed storage services across the WAN.


"Such services are not only attractive to major corporates, they also have the potential to reach small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which often lack the expertise to maintain their own storage solutions," adds Hills. "Needless to say, affordable IP broadband access will be crucial to opening the SME market for WAN SANs."


Written by Tim Hills, the report describes the evolving SAN technologies, their implications for the WAN, and the competitive landscape that is developing in response. The study also measures the revenue opportunity to 2005, and examines telecoms carriers' prospects as bit carriers and as storage service providers (SSPs).


The report is available in two packages, priced at: GBP650/USD975 for single-user electronic access; GBP900/USD1350 for single-user electronic access + one paper copy + one hour of Analyst Support. For more information, telephone Analysys Research on +44 (0)1223 341300 or email research@analysys.com.


About Analysys (www.analysys.com)

Analysys, the global advisor in telecoms, IT and new media, works at the forefront of the communications revolution, delivering advice and insight to established and new entrant players. From offices in Cambridge, London, Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Paris, San Francisco and Washington DC, over 170 Analysys staff provide strategy and systems consultancy, conferences, information services and start-up support to the companies that are creating the networked economy. Analysys Research reports, papers and online services provide authoritative coverage of this convergent industry, based on an unrivalled ability to fuse real-world experience, rigorous research and forward-looking analysis.

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Media contact (for interviews, report summaries and author photography):

Natalie Dargan
Analysys Research
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 341300
Email: natalie.dargan@analysys.com

Martin Brooke
Martin Brooke Associates
Tel: +44 (0)1223 264050
Email: martin.brooke@dial.pipex.com

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