• Panasas' HPC file system does Windows

    Panasas replaces open source Samba components with Microsoft Windows SMB/CIFS to broaden the appeal of its high-performance NAS appliance.

  • Users rate Dell and Hitachi as best NAS storage vendors

    Our eighth Quality Awards survey on the best NAS storage systems had Dell besting the enterprise group and Hitachi topping the midrange.

  • direct-attached storage (DAS)

    Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems Inc. for highly scalable storage.

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