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This article is part of the Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003 issue of Evaluating the benefits of IP SANs
Have you ever marveled at the price some network-attached storage (NAS) vendors charge for a PC and a few disk drives? If so, you may want to take a look at a new breed of NAS software which, for a fraction of the cost of a preconfigured unit, lets you transform an Intel-compatible PC into a full-fledged NAS box. Among the vendors to offer build-your-own NAS software are AMI, with its StorTrends offering--$299 from AMI's online store, and about $250 from AMI resellers--and Zetta Systems, whose Zetta Server comes in Advanced ($4,999), Standard ($999) and Lite (free) versions. In the case of AMI's StorTrends, you get a Linux NAS server that includes support for Unix, Windows, Apple, Netware, ftp and http clients; Active Directory support; software RAID 0, 1 and 5; and a host of other goodies. Performance- and feature-wise, StorTrends is designed to result in a NAS box comparable with, say, Snap Appliance's Guardian 4100 and Dell's PowerVault 725N, says Michael Patellis, national sales manager at AMI. Zetta Server, meanwhile, doesn't support MacOS clients, but ... Access >>>
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