IBM reconfigures Nas gateway

IBM is offering a scaled-down version of its TotalStorage Nas Gateway, which is designed for departments and small businesses...

IBM is offering a scaled-down version of its TotalStorage Nas Gateway, which is designed for departments and small businesses that want a lower priced disaster recovery system.

The TotalStorage as Gateway 500 is a network-attached storage (NAS) system in a single processor configuration that starts at less than $40,000 (£22,200).

The revised product comes six months after IBM introduced its Nas gateway system, a clustered engine configuration with up to eight POWER4+ microprocessors. 

While the new version relies on a single processor, it allows customers to begin with a small system and scale up to a fully redundant and resilient infrastructure, said David Vaughn, IBM's worldwide product manager for Nas.

"Customers really give up nothing by going with the single processor version because we offer the same enterprise class management features as we do on the multi-processor versions," he said. 

"Our goal here is to give users the ability to scale up as their requirements change and to give them a product with the same management tools as their enterprise storage systems," Vaughn said.

Bob Francis writes for Infoworld

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