#4: Ethernet Switches
Forty-six percent of solution providers surveyed by Everything Channel for the State of Technology: Storage report said they sell Ethernet switches. That is a significantly higher percentage than those who sell SAN hardware, a sign of the importance of IP networks for sharing data.
Ethernet is ubiquitous in businesses as the primary technology for networking, a fact that is helping to drive not only NAS appliance sales but iSCSI-based storage networking products as well. And it will become even more important for storage as the industry moves towards adopting 10-Gbits-per-second Ethernet and a new storage protocol just over the horizon, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).