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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

First Look: Acopia Networks' ARX1000 and ARX6000 switches

Acopia adds storage intelligence to the network @exb At a Glance: Acopia Networks ARX switches What it does: Consolidates heterogeneous storage to single global namespace Upside: Reduces costs, increases file delivery performance and simplifies client drive mappings Downside: No block-level support Capacity (Sessions): ARX1000 – 5,000 ARX6000 – 20,000 Cost: ARX1000 - $45,000; ARX6000 - $150,000 @exe Startup Acopia Networks Inc., Lowell, MA, offers an easier way to manage storage consumption, add or delete storage and control storage utilization on file servers and network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Acopia's ARX1000 and ARX6000 switches link to a local Ethernet switch and tie together NAS storage devices and file servers to create a unified storage pool. In other words, the ARX switches serve as in-band Unix/Linux NFS and Microsoft Common Internet File System (CIFS) proxies. These facilitate the exchange of files between client computers and multivendor NAS storage devices, which are presented to the client as a single ...

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