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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a network-attached storage (NAS) device. But as companies build out more storage area networks (SANs), many storage administrators are clamoring for ways to store user files on that big, fast, centralized and highly reliable SAN storage. Certainly, the simplest way to tap your SAN for file storage is to put a NAS "head" or gateway in front of it. Under that scenario, the NAS head is assigned its own LUN on the SAN device as its dedicated disk supply. In the enterprise space, examples of NAS heads include EMC's Celerra, NetApp's gateway into HDS storage, and Auspex's NSc3000. IBM, Dell, and Snap Appliance all offer departmental and workgroup-class NAS gateways. This January, NAS start-up Spinnaker Networks also started selling a NAS gateway, the SpinServer 3300G, under customer pressure for a version of its flagship SpinServer 3300 for a product that could use pre-existing SAN disk resources. In its first release, the 3300G ... Access >>>

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