Revenues for the global distributed storage area network services market will soar to $19.3 billion over the next four years, from just $500 million in 2000, as companies look to optical telecommunication carriers to support remote storage for data-intensive projects, a report says. Data-intensive projects driving the remote storage market include disaster recovery, Web hosting and data warehousing, says the report from global telecom research firm Analysis Research plc, Cambridge, England.

Emerging storage area networks, or SANs, will lead to the creation of huge virtual storage and data management systems resulting in increased revenues for optical telecommunication providers, reports Analysis in “Storage Area Networks: New Revenues for Optical Carriers?” SANs connect storage devices over wide area networks using gigabit ethernet, asynchronous transfer mode and Internet protocol.

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