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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

IT Says Yes to NAS Gateways

Among enterprise customers seeking file storage, network-attached storage (NAS) gateways--rather than standalone NAS devices--are gaining popularity. Gartner forecasts that gateways will grow from less than 2000 units in 2003 to 4700 units in 2007, with revenue increasing from less than $120 million to $195 million. IBM seems to have taken this news to heart, and introduced the TotalStorage NAS 500. It fronts IBM's Enterprise Storage Server (Shark), FastT and any non-IBM storage hardware resident behind its Storage Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization appliance. Based on a PowerPC processor and AIX, it offers 600% the NFS performance and 50% the CIFS performance of its NAS 300, a Windows-based gateway that IBM will discontinue this month. IBM's David Vaughn, worldwide NAS product manager, says his customers aren't interested in "point products"--i.e., standalone NAS arrays. And if they don't have a SAN? No problem. Just connect the NAS gateway and the SAN array with a direct Fibre Channel connection. "You don't in any way need...

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