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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

New life for NAS

NAS is emerging in some unlikely places outside of the traditional realm dominated by stalwarts like EMC and NetApp. Clustered file systems and cloud storage are pushing developments in NAS configurations as newer players in the market wade into NAS waters. The manageability of traditional NAS may be driving the changes. "People love their first NAS appliance, but they curse their hundredth," says Terri McClure, an analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, Milford, MA. "That's one of the challenges with a monolithic, scale-up architecture." "Customers are looking for something that's simpler to manage and administer than traditional file-system storage," says Derek Gascon, VP of marketing at Caringo. Customers using Caringo's CAStor for clustered file serving instead of the usual archiving is a recent development, but Gascon says Caringo's original intent was to deal with all types of unstructured content, both active and archive. Online media provider CMWare uses CAStor software to provide cloud storage for mobile phone users with ...

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  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

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  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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