Storage wide area networks (SWANs) will allow organisations to store backup data virtually anywhere on the globe, unlike fibre-channel SANs, which have distance limitations. Storage and networking vendors are rushing to market with products even before industry standards have been set.
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During its antitrust wrangling, Microsoft maintained that it had much to fear from alternative operating systems, including the advanced but application-poor BeOS, Apple's Mac OS and the open-source-based Linux. A central tenet of Microsoft's emphasis on innovation has been that any kid in a garage could come along with software that will simply blow the company away.