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Vol. 1 No. 4 June 2002

Midrange NAS Gains Functionality

Trickle-down theory strikes again. Slowly but surely, the features found in high-end NAS boxes - redundant components, scalability, snapshot and replication - are finding their way to cheaper devices. "The lines between the high and low-end are definitely blurring," says Brad Nisbet, senior research analyst at IDC. Take Quantum, which claims 70% market share of the sub $15,000 segment. It recently announced the Guardian 14000, a midrange product which provides 1.4TB of usable capacity in 3U (5.25"), or 20TB in a 6' rack, starting at $24,900. The Guardian 14000 features redundant, hot-swappable disk drives, power supplies, cooling and multiple RAID levels (5, 1 and 0). It also supports Microsoft Active Directory Service, Unix-centric Network Information Service (NIS), snapshot, SSL v.3, SNMP for integration into network management systems and includes Server-to-Server Synchronization software. In comparison, a similarly configured F810 filer from Network Appliance costs around $130,000, says Steve Rogers, Quantum vice president ...

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