Vixel Corporation is a leading provider, based on revenue and number of ports shipped, of comprehensive solutions in storage area networks, or SANs. SANs are networks that are specifically designed to interconnect computer systems and data storage devices. Their comprehensive SAN interconnect solutions consist of a variety of products that connect computers to data storage devices in a network configuration. Their products utilize the Fibre Channel protocol, which is an American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, defined standard for the transfer of information between computers and storage devices. Their Fibre Channel product portfolio consists of their SAN systems, which include their SAN management software and their switches and hubs, and other components, which include their transceivers. Their products enable data storage devices to connect to one or more computer systems and facilitate the reliable exchange of large amounts of data at high speeds. Their products are fully interoperable and designed to perform in concert so that customers can easily deploy a range of SAN configurations, from simple point-to-point connections to more complex high-performance networks. By offering and supporting the key components necessary to connect servers and storage, they enable their customers to turn to one vendor for their SAN interconnect needs. To date, they have shipped products representing over 500,000 ports to more than 30 OEMs and resellers, including Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun Microsystems.