Larry Ellison launches storage company in Europe


Larry Ellison launches storage company in Europe

Antony Savvas

This week’s Storage Expo exhibition in London saw the launch of Larry Ellison’s new storage company, Pillar Data Systems, which is offering users a single product for controlling both NAS and SAN data storage systems.

The company was started with cash from the Oracle chief executive officer’s venture capital company, and its Axiom system is trying to challenge NAS suppliers like NetApp, as well as SAN vendors such as Sun Microsystems subsidiary StorageTek.

Pillar's Axiom systems use a combination of software and hardware technology to work across both NAS and SAN storage environments, giving users a single solution to flexibly control their storage needs.

The Axiom system incorporates storage controllers known as Axiom Slammers, storage enclosures housing the disk drives and RAID controllers called Axiom Bricks, and a management system known as Axiom Pilot.

Customers can get Axiom Slammers that support either NAS or Fibre Channel SANs, and manage them as a single system. These NAS and SAN Slammers also share Axiom Bricks.

Tony Asaro, an analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, said, “Supporting both NAS and SAN as peers in a single storage system instead of discrete systems reduces costs and simplifies management.

“Pillar has a very compelling next-generation storage system, a determined investor with deep pockets, and is primarily competing against more expensive, more complicated and less innovative products.”

The starting price of the Axiom product is £30,000.

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