Storage server signals return to NAS strategy


Storage server signals return to NAS strategy

Arif Mohamed
Sun has brought out a number of new storage products, including a server that signals the company's return to network-attached storage.

The Storedge 5210 file server is a mid-range NAS appliance, which Sun claimed can be set up in less than 15 minutes. The 5210 will come with 4Gbytes of memory and six 146Gbyte hard drives and will include data snapshotting.

Sun introduced two NAS devices in 2001, the Sun Storedge N8400 and N8600 servers, but took them off the market a year later. Analysts said they did not perform as well and were not as easy to use as NAS devices from Network Appliance and EMC.

Joining the Sun portfolio at its quarterly product update was the Storedge 6920, a mid-range storage system that competes with products from IBM and HP.

New too was an integrated archival storage system, similar to EMC's Centera, called the Sun Content Infrastructure System.

Mark Canepa, Sun executive vice-president, network storage products group, said, "We meet enterprises' business needs with a system spanning the server, operating system and storage."

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