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Some of the leading scale-out NAS products include HP's StorageWorks X9000 storage system, which includes technology gained from the company's July 2009 acquisition of Ibrix Inc.; IBM's Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS), which uses the company's General Parallel File System (GPFS) for high-performance computing; Isilon Systems Inc.'s S-Series and X-Series scale-out storage platforms, which are favored by the media and entertainment industries; and NetApp's Data Ontap 8 storage operating system, which incorporates the scalable file system technology the company acquired when it bought Spinnaker Networks Inc. in 2003. Both Taneja Group's Boles and StorageIO Group's Schulz said it will be interesting to see what Dell does with its EqualLogic product line and the scale-out technology it gained by buying Exanet Inc. in February 2010.
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Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Virtualized Networks (or Virtualized I/O)
Unified Computing (Integrated Storage Stacks)
This was first published in December 2010