EMC has released its Celerra NS600 Nas gateway server aimed at medium-sized businesses, another sign that the network attached storage (Nas) market is hotting up.
Version 5.1 of EMC's Dart Nas operating system and OnCourse software, which carries out policy-based automated remote back-up, is aimed at reducing costly local back-up.
The NS600 is built on EMC's Clariion architecture, using the same disk arrays and controllers that run its Flare controller operating system, so is similar to the existing Celerra CX600.
In high availability mode one chip is live, supporting 5.5TB of storage, and the other is standby with automatic failover. Alternatively both chips can be used, doubling storage to 11TB.
Paul Ross, EMC's director of storage networks, said the demands of the medium-sized business had changed.
"The traditional requirement for raw price is no longer true," he said. "They will [now] pay a little more for very good price performance or high availability."
The launch comes days after EMC arch-rival Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) signed an agreement with Network Appliance (NetApp) allowing HDS to challenge EMC directly in the mid-range Nas market, reported here.
Ross was dismissive of the HDS-NetApp agreement. "HDS hasn't been wildly successful in Nas to date.
"The NetApp head seems reasonably good but it is mid-tier and not capable of clustering, and will be stuck in front of an expensive HDS high-end box. Which market is it in?" he said.
But Ovum senior analyst Graham Titterington said the HDS move was probably a good one, as there was no conflict in the focus of the two companies.
"The demand is there. The major storage vendors are now focusing on upper mid-market customers leading to a big increase in Nas.
"Price-per-gigabyte has improved 30 per cent with higher device utilisation this year but is still not keeping up," he said.
The Celerra CN600 and software are shipping immediately.
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