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Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005

NAS news: Boom continues

The numbers are in for the NAS market and, if you're a NAS vendor, 2004 looked pretty good. Last year, the number of NAS units shipped was up by 25% over 2003. Even more impressive was the number of terabytes shipped--almost double (99%) year over year. Furthermore, industry observers see NAS consuming an ever-greater share of the networked storage pie. "If NAS is between one-fifth and one-fourth of the total market, I see it going to about one-third in the next couple of years," says Arun Taneja, president and founder at Taneja Group, Hopkinton, MA. But while one of NAS' strongest selling points is its ease of manageability, swelling NAS environments can spell trouble for users. "The big problem with NAS is that [the devices] are islands unto themselves," says Taneja. For example, "What happens if I want to move info from NAS box 1 to NAS box 52?" That's exactly the problem at Rosetta Inpharmatics, a Seattle biotech firm with 137TB of raw capacity across a Network Appliance (NetApp) 960c and 960, and three NearStores. For Linda...

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