Dell and Microsoft deliver integrated storage


Dell and Microsoft deliver integrated storage

Antony Savvas

Dell and Microsoft have unveiled a unified networked storage system for file and application data, which they say delivers enterprise-class manageability and performance at an affordable price.

The Dell PowerVault NX1950 with Microsoft Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 is aimed at firms of all sizes.

The integrated hardware and software solution offers the performance, advanced management features and flexibility of a mid-range unified storage device at an affordable price, according to the suppliers. It can also help customers reduce complexity and storage costs by eliminating separate licensing for additional features and protocols such as snapshots, replication and resource management.

The PowerVault NX1950 includes single- and two-node cluster configurations with a redundant SAS-based back-end storage array scaling up to 45 drives.

Windows Unified Daa Storage Server 2003 is a new Microsoft storage platform providing advanced file server and IP SAN(iSCSI) capabilities, as well as unified management tools for easy deployment and maintenance in heterogeneous environments.

The system is priced from around £9,000. Configurations with a 4.5Tbyte capacity start at under £12,600.

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