Dell Does the NAS Limbo
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) today unveiled a new NAS system that can get small businesses into network-attached storage for as little as $3,000.
Based on Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Storage Server 2008, the new Dell PowerVault NX300 stores up to 4 terabytes of data on SAS or SATA drives in a 1U rack space, and more NX300 arrays can be added as need to form a collaborative namespace.
The NX300 includes single instance storage, or deduplication, for eliminating duplicate data and saving on storage space, and a distributed file system for improved data availability. It supports Dell's OpenManage systems management for remote management, snapshots and replication.
Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Terri McClure said the new NAS offering combines "good packaging and a price point that seems to hit the low end of the market."
Larry Hart, Dell's worldwide senior manager for storage and networking, said the new system boasts ease of management and an automated setup that can have it "up and running in less than 15 minutes."
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