Network Storage offers up new NAS device

Kevin Komiega

With the need for storage capacity exploding and free space in the data center shrinking almost as quickly, size is fast becoming a differentiator for customers adopting new storage devices. Network Storage Solutions, Inc., debuted a new network-attached storage (NAS) device earlier this week that offers support for more than 2T Bytes of storage in a slim, 2-rack mount for factor. The new uStor-II NAS device, referred to as "micro-store", is the company's latest addition to its line of storage solutions.

Powered by the San Jose, Calif.-company's SpanStor multi-protocol NAS kernel, uStor-II supports over two terabytes of SCSI RAID storage and ships with a standard 800MHz Pentium-III with 66Mhz 64-bit PCI support, 256M Bytes of memory, and an internal multi-channel RAID controller. A uStor-II powered Thunderbolt NAS device with 730G Bytes of storage has a list price of $49,595.

According to William Hurley, program manager for the Boston-based analyst firm the Yankee Group, new offerings that target the NAS space must be thin and scalable. Hurley said that the uStor-II meets these criterions. "As this segment crowds, a key differentiator will be how easily a product becomes a solution, integrating into a management framework, either native or third party. Other vendors entering this segment hoping to draw share from incumbents are, among others, Network Engines and VA Linux," he added.

UStor-II is scheduled to ship in mid-November.

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