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ONStor Adds Its Own Back End

Adds storage to its gateways to compete with EMC and NetApp

ONStor is becoming a full-fledged NAS vendor.

The supplier today launched Pantera, its first complete NAS appliance, which is being sold in a bundle with its Bobcat NAS gateway. (See ONStor Hits NAS Gas.) Pantera uses the same EverON clustered NAS software as the Bobcat, which supports NFS and CIFS protocols and snapshots. The difference is, Pantera includes back-end storage for a complete NAS system.

ONStor CEO Bob Miller hopes Pantera will make his company more competitive with NAS market leaders Network Appliance and EMC. NetApp and EMC sell NAS as gateways or integrated appliances, as does BlueArc -- like ONStor, a privately held firm that is generally considered No. 3 among general-purpose NAS vendors.

In the past, Miller has been critical of NetApp and EMC for creating NAS systems that did not work with other vendors storage. But over the past year, NetApp has been casting its gateways as virtualization devices that support disk arrays from most other vendors. (See NetApp Makes Virtual Upgrade.)

Now, ONStor is adopting that tactic in reverse.

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