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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Penny per megabyte NAS here to stay

Entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) devices are now squarely priced in the penny per megabyte range, putting networked storage within reach of all but the smallest mom and pops. Examples of these super-low priced NAS boxes include Quantum's Snap Server 2200, a dual-drive 160GB model priced at $.97/MB; Dell's 480GB 715N at $.93/MB; and Hewlett-Packard's (formerly Compaq's) NAS S1000 at $.85/MB. One of the latest entrants into the low-cost NAS market is IBM, which recently added the TotalStorage NAS 100 to its line-up. It previously consisted of the SCSI-based NAS 200 and Fibre Channel (FC)-based NAS 300G. Equipped with 480GB, the NAS 100 comes in at a competitive $.92/MB. As a general rule, the greater the capacity of the disk drives inside the box, the lower the cost-per-megabyte. 160GB disk drives are currently shipping, and 240GB drives are on the horizon. In contrast, SCSI-based NAS pricing in 2001 hovered around $.10/MB, estimates Pushan Rinnen, a senior analyst at Gartner. Meanwhile, vendors are closing the gap ...

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