Dell delivers on NetApp OEM deal

Posted on June 01, 1999


Dell delivers on NetApp OEM deal

Zachary Shess

Continuing its rapid assembly of an enterprise storage product line, Dell Computer last month announced the availability of PowerVault network-attached file servers. The announcement marks the fruition of an OEM agreement signed with Network Appliance in November and Dell`s entry into the specialized, network-attached storage (NAS) market.

International Data Corp., a market research firm in Framingham, MA, forecasts the NAS market to increase from $700 million this year to $5 billion in 2002.

Ranging in capacity from 450GB to 1.4TB, Dell`s PowerVault line includes three models: the workgroup 720N, departmental 740N, and the enterprise 760N. Since entering the storage market one year ago, Dell has added a series of SCSI and Fibre Channel disk arrays, Fibre Channel switches, SCSI-to-Fibre Channel bridges, tape drives, a DLT library, an autoloader, and storage consolidation software.

Since NAS filers are specifically designed to offload data from?and improve the performance of?application servers, Dell officials say offering NAS filers will provide a lucrative opportunity without conflicting with its recently announced Windows NT SAN initiatives or traditional server-attached storage business. "What this gives Dell is a market expansion opportunity for storage. The server doesn`t go away, because the filer doesn`t run applications. You still need a server to run applications," says Kevin Reinis, general manager of Dell`s storage systems division.

With NFS and CIFS protocol support and an "agnostic" operating system, PowerVault filers support both Unix and Windows NT platforms. The filers also include a Snapshot Copy feature designed to save copies of the file system, enabling files to be recovered quickly and with minimal administration. Data on the filers can be backed up on PowerVault DLT tape drives and autoloaders via Computer Associates` ARCserveIT or Seagate Software`s Backup Exec. Pricing begins at $19,500.

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