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SNW: First Take

We've sifted through the horde of releases for this week's tradeshow in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Storage Networking World -- It will be tough to nail down specific themes at this week's Storage Networking World tradeshow thanks to the sheer number and range of announcements slated for the show. While some of these releases are less about news than noisemaking, we've scanned the initial pack and picked some highlights. Of course, we expect more to come, and we'll be on hand to keep you posted.

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Dot Hill is offering a new version of its 2730 RAID platform based on a new processor that improves performance by over 40 percent, the vendor claims. The 2730 Turbo is set for use at the "high end of the entry level," competing against EMC's AX150, IBM's DS3000, and HP's MSA1500.

ONStor has added global namespace to the latest version of its Pantera clustered NAS systems and Bobcat gateways. The vendor, which brought out its own clustered NAS last year, now supports the management of policies for replication across not only its own file systems but those of Windows-based file servers in a network. (See ONStor Launches Into GNS and ONStor Adds Its Own Back End.)

Isilon has revealed three new customers, in a release that's meant to showcase its emphasis on the digital broadcasting and entertainment vertical market. The trio includes NBC Universal, XM Satellite Radio, and Discovery Communications. A gleeful Brett Goodwin, VP of marketing at Isilon, plans to shuttle between Las Vegas and San Diego to hobnob at both SNW and the NAB2007 broadcasting show. (See Storage Players 'Nab' Broadcasters.) Isilon will also reveal a slew of new partners in a separate release.

EqualLogic will launch a NAS gateway based on Windows Storage Server that is optimized for use with its iSCSI SANs. The point is to follow the trend toward integrating Windows file services with block-level storage.

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