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Published: 17 Oct 2012

According to recent data from Gartner Inc., IT departments continue to buy more network-attached storage (NAS), with total NAS revenues increasing by 11.9% in 2003. And in the high end, those NAS dollars continue to go to market leaders Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) and EMC Corp. But that dynamic may be about to change, now that there are other high-performance NAS startups on the scene, including BlueArc, Spinnaker Systems and as of last month, Isilon Systems and Panasas. Not so long ago, "what were your choices if you needed a [Network Appliance] 940 or 960 class system?" asks Jeff Hornung, vice president of marketing at Spinnaker Networks, in Pittsburg, PA. The answer? "Nothing." According to Hornung, Spinnaker earned some impressive sales this past quarter, with systems shipping to major financial institutions, oil and gas outfits, a semi-conductor manufacturer and the entertainment industry. The company is witnessing 100% quarter over quarter growth, selling a 50/50 mix of diskless (gateway) and complete NAS arrays, he claims. Another NAS vendor to ... Access >>>

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