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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

Much Ado About NAS

Hoping to bolster your file serving capabilities? Archrivals EMC and Hitachi Data Systems both have new NAS offerings they'd like to sell you. On top of its high-end NAS gateway - Celerra for either Symmetrix or the Clariion CX600 - EMC now also has a file-only NAS product, the Celerra NS600. Built on top of the CX600, the NS600 is targeted squarely at the midrange, and is priced accordingly - about 40% of the list price for a comparable filer from Network Appliance, EMC claims. The NS600 is cheaper than NetApp filers because it comes with high-availability features built in, says Chuck Hollis, vice president, storage platforms marketing. "With most NAS devices, you get high availability by clustering two together," he says. The NS600, on the other hand, comes by default with two "data movers," or storage processors, which you can choose to run in either high availability mode, with one data mover on standby, or in "performance mode," with both data movers active. Either way, a 1TB NS600 lists for $167,000. As a backdrop for the...

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