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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004 issue of Adding low-cost tiers to conserve storage costs
WSS 2003 OEM offerings Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS) is only available through OEMs that bundle the operating system with their hardware. The list of OEMs includes vendors such as Dell Computer Corp., EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Iomega Corp. Prices start at less than $1,000 for approximately 160GB of storage (these devices usually require memory upgrades for the best performance) and range to more than $30,000 for high-end devices that scale to many terabytes and provide redundancy. For example, EMC's NetWin 200 is an entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) device that combines WSS with the company's line of Clariion networked storage systems. It sports two 3.06GHz Intel Xeon processors, 2GB of memory, a RAID controller and two 36GB disks. HP offers a full line of storage products based on WSS 2003. At the low end, the StorageWorks NAS 1200 is an entry-level NAS for small businesses. It's available in three capacities: 320GB with a 2.4GHz P4 processor, 640GB with a 2.8GHz P4 processor and 1TB with the 2.8GHz processor. Each comes with ... Access >>>
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