EMC extends NAS family

Posted on August 31, 2004

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Adds iSCSI support

By Sonia R. Lelii

Building on the success of its Celerra line of NAS servers, EMC recently shipped low-end and midrange additions, as well as a new version of its DART operating environment that includes support for iSCSI and enhancements to the Celerra Manager Basic Edition software.

EMC's low-end NS500 NAS system is available in an integrated configuration or in an NS500G gateway model that can be attached to a SAN. The NS500 has a list price of $40,000 with 1TB of capacity and one data mover (which can be upgraded to two data movers). EMC claims performance of 25,000 NFS operations per second. The NS500G gateway version is priced at $38,000. Each NS500 configuration includes dual 1.6GHz processors and can store up to 4TB.

The NS500 is expected to compete with NAS systems such as Network Appliance's FAS270 and FAS960.

EMC also introduced the higher-end NS704G NAS gateway, which is available with up to four data movers and can scale up to 8TB. EMC claims performance of more than 100,000 NFS operations per second. The company is targeting new enterprise customers as well as existing customers that need to upgrade from EMC's NS500G, NS600G or NS700G NAS gateways. "We think the NS704G will go into some large consolidations," says Tom Joyce, EMC's senior director for NAS marketing.

An NS704G configuration with four data movers and support for CIFS is priced at $165,000.

The NS704G is expected to compete with clustered NAS systems such as Network Appliance's GF960C and IBM's NAS Gateway 500.

According to company officials, EMC's NAS revenue was up 40% in the second quarter of 2004 compared to the second quarter of 2003. EMC attributes the strong growth to several factors, including increased revenue from its channel partners and a general surge in end-user deployment of NAS (see User survey shows fast growth for NAS).

Another reason for strong growth in the NAS market is the adoption of NAS (or "NAS-SAN") gateways. International Data Corp. predicts that the market for NAS gateways will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 46% through 2007. NAS gateways attach to an existing SAN for consolidated management and better storage utilization.

EMC also announced a new version of its DART operating environment, which includes support for iSCSI and enhancements to the Celerra Manager Basic Edition software. Enhancements include the ability to quickly determine system memory and CPU usage; NFS and CIFS operations per second; number of CIFS connections and files; and file system throughput and capacity utilization.


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