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Hitachi Steps It Up in Midrange NAS

Builds additional features onto the BlueArc platform, with a hefty markup

By Terry Sweeney November 29, 2007, 6:30:00 PM

Drawing on its OEM relationship with BlueArc, Hitachi Data Systems has added to its midrange NAS portfolio with high-performance file servers.

The vendor introduced two NAS bundles earlier this week. The NAS Platform 2000 has a high-performance NAS platform head (CIFS or NFS), storage pools, file system rollback, and two enterprise virtual servers. The second bundle, the NAS Platform 2000 Nearline, has all those same features plus IP-based replication and a 48-Tbyte license.

All this performance has a pretty price tag, though: the bundles start at $180,000.

"This stuff's not cheap, that's for sure," saysDavid Vellante, co-founder and senior storage analyst for analyst forum Wikibon. He characterized the high-end NAS and clustered storage market as more of a niche for Hitachi and others right now. "But it is a market segment that's taking off as unstructured content becomes more mission-critical."

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