Z-force links Nas devices

Storage device maker Z-force has demonstrated the linking of a number of heterogenous network attached storage (Nas) devices to...

Storage device maker Z-force has demonstrated the linking of a number of heterogenous network attached storage (Nas) devices to provide an aggregated capacity of 47.6Tbytes using its file-switching technology.

The demonstration, which took place at the company's Californian headquarters, connected Nas devices from Dell, Iomega, Quantum and Xtore over a 1gbps Lan. The devices shared a single common namespace.

The company claims that linking separate Nas devices in this way gave storage area network-level capacities at a cost of about $750,000 (£470,000) compared to between $2m and $6m.

Nas devices have tended to proliferate unconnected throughout the business. The Z-force File Switch enables Nas users to link and manage multiple devices, and potentially sidestep investment in the types of systems usually associated with ultra-high capacity data storage such as Sans. Z-force hopes to ship products early next year.

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