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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Storage array vendors may need to go to great lengths to distinguish their products in a field where there's no lack of competition and a growing perception that the hardware is a commodity. Vendors have typically added value to their arrays by loading them up with storage management software that until recently had been options. But that might be changing with added-value apps going beyond what might be considered traditional storage management software. The clearest example of this is Exanet's addition of search software to its ExaStore NAS systems. The software, ExaSearch, integrates with the array's OS and is an end-user tool that searches clustered Exanet storage systems. ExaSearch indexes stored files in the background; Rami Schwartz, Exanet's CEO, says the indexing has only a minor effect on performance and can be scheduled for nonpeak hours. Users can search in real-time using tools such as proximity and wild-card searches; results are displayed in the files' native formats with search terms highlighted. "Why search and Exanet?" asks Greg Schulz, ... Access >>>

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