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Alex Barrett, Trends Editor Published: 19 Oct 2012

This story originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of "Storage" magazine. What you will learn from this tip: How clustering can relieve management headaches associated with monolithic NAS boxes. NAS stalwarts keep rolling out bigger and faster monolithic NAS boxes, but the competition is increasingly turning to another architectural model: clustering. On the traditional side is Network Appliance Inc., with its newest line of NAS products, the FAS3000 family. NetApp announced the midrange FAS3020 and FAS3050 this spring, which -- with 168 and 336 disk drives, respectively -- fall between the 56-drive FAS270 and the 672-drive FAS960. When outfitted with Serial ATA (SATA) drives -- a new feature for NetApp primary storage -- the new midrange models rival their high-end brethren in capacity: The FAS3020 supports 50 terabyte (TB) vs. the FAS960's 56 TB, while the FAS3050 goes up to 84 TB vs. the FAS980's 100 TB. Performance-wise, the new FAS3000 models deliver roughly twice the performance of the FAS920 and FAS940 midrange offerings. Related information NAS ... Access >>>

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