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ONStor

Taking advantage of a trend to integrate NAS and SAN devices, startup ONStor Inc.
announced its first product today -- a file system that works like a NAS gateway to connect SAN equipment from multiple vendors.

The ONStor SF4400 SAN filer links to a Fibre Channel or Gigabit Ethernet switch to become the front end of a SAN and handles file-based storage. It's aimed primarily at enterprises looking to consolidate their SAN services.

Unlike competing products such as gFiler from Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) and EMCs
Celera NAS gateways, ONStor’s product works with SAN gear from third-party vendors.

While ONStor is unlikely to find a place in shops already using NetApp or EMC, the company hopes to gain traction against the NAS gateway giants in enterprises looking to consolidate services on SANs based on a range of vendors' equipment (see Sands Shift Under NAS Market).

At least one analyst thinks ONStor's approach should succeed. “It attaches to a heterogeneous disk system and takes advantage of the SAN. If you’ve already built a SAN and want to provide file service, these guys have an advantage. Pure SAN customers will find it attractive," says Arun Taneja of The Taneja Group.

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