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Compaq outlines storage strategy

Compaq has plotted a course for its future storage products which will see the company competing in the storage over the Internet...

Compaq has plotted a course for its future storage products which will see the company competing in the storage over the Internet market.

The US-based computer vendor said it was planning to release six new products, including management software and a new RAID device that will accept the disk drives currently used by Compaq servers.

The new releases will be an expansion of the company's Enterprise Network Storage Architecture, which was first released in 1998 and included network-attached storage (NAS) and Fibre Channel-based storage area network (SAN) products.

In a statement, the company said the new direction would lead to the release of a series of hardware and software products targeted at both small business and Fortune 500 firms.

Mark Lewis, the vice-president and general manager of Compaq's enterprise storage group, said the first product to be released would be a direct-attached storage to Fibre Channel SAN device.

Compaq said it was also in the process of developing a series of products aimed at sending block-level data, such as that contained in a database, over Internet Protocol.

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