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Combine the best of NAS and San

A product that combines the best features of network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (San) has been launched by US company FalconStor Software, writes Nicholas Enticknap

IPStor is a software package that allows application servers to access virtualised storage over both IP and Fibre Channel networks. It permits both San-type block-level and NAS-type file-level sharing over the same hardware infrastructure.

IPStor comes with a suite of management tools. It runs under Linux on Intel-based servers. FalconStor is working with Fujitsu to port the software to the Sparc-Solaris platform.

FalconStor was founded last year by former executives of Cheyenne Software to develop products that would enable access to storage over IP networks.

Garry Briggs, FalconStor's European general manager, believes IPStor will open up a new market for Sans. "I see 90% of our opportunity being with people who don't have a San yet, because of the cost of going to Fibre Channel," he said.

FalconStor's products will be supplied in the UK by Sagitta Performance Systems.

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