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SNIA Europe research predicts that storage networking technology continues to grow in 2003

London / Paris – 18th March 2003 – New research from the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) shows that interest and adoption of storage virtualisation looks set to take off, with 29% of users considering virtualisation within the next six months. Many organisations are favouring an approach that uses a combination of NAS, SAN and DAS storage topologies. The SNIA-E research was commissioned to better understand the storage networking preferences, trends and future requirements of the pan-European IT community.

The majority of those questioned are favouring a combined approach to consolidation, with 42% of respondents planning to consolidate around NAS and SAN combined – once seen as competing technologies. 27% use both SAN and DAS, indicating that 35% use DAS alone. 30% are planning to only use SAN to attain one of their key aims during the coming year – that of consolidation – as always, a key business focus and driver for ensuring return on investment and optimisation of total cost of ownership. 11% are planning to consolidate around NAS systems over the coming year.

A real growth area is iSCSI, currently only used by 4% of respondents, but estimated to be utilised by 25% of respondents within the next 12 months. Whilst 25% will not be abandoning fibre channel but using the two as complementary topologies to attain business goals.

The research findings are in line with earlier research by META Group that SANs are widely adopted, with over 50% of respondents in the SNIA-E survey using SANs within their organisation. In fact, for 20% of respondents, SAN is their only storage architecture.

Michel Grosbost, Chairman of the SNIA Europe said of the research: “What is truly surprising here is the volume of customers already considering adopting storage virtualisation. The SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative delivers a heterogeneous management and control interface could not be better placed to help ensure that these early adopters reap the maximum benefits of virtualisation. The trend of using SANs for effective data management comes as no surprise, with proven benefits and ready availability of dependable, mission-critical architectures.”



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Source – META Group - Storage Technologies: Separating Fact From Fantasy
Server Infrastructure Strategies. 8 October 2002 Phil Goodwin

About the SNIA Europe Storage Audit:

The audit was based on a questionnaire issued by SNIA Europe to obtain the views of organisations on issues regarding data storage. Responses were obtained from 100 respondents representing storage professionals from end-user organisations throughout Europe. Responses were collected during the period of September 2002 through to January 2003 at a variety of European events and via SNIA Europe’s website. A full copy of the report is available from Omarketing Limited.

About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)

The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry – end users, vendors and resellers. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.

To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at, or visit the SNIA web site at

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