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Sony Enters NAS Fray

Sony Electronics announced today that it will start shipping its first three network attached storage (NAS) products in the upcoming fourth quarter (see Sony Unveils Network Appliances). But analysts question whether the company can make an impact in this already crowded market.

Let's take it from the top. The FSV-E1 StorStation has a capacity of 80 gigabytes and is intended for the small office/home office (SOHO) market. It is based on the Linux operating system and will cost $1,300 when it ships in October. Future versions of the device will be equipped to link to household electronic equipment, such as security systems, Sony says.

The slightly more upscale FSV-M1 has four hard drives that can be set up as redundant arrays of independent disks (RAID) for data security. Designed for branch offices and small corporate workgroups, it handles up to 480 gigabytes of data and is compatible with gigabit Ethernet. The product can transfer data to Sonys AIT tape libraries. Sony has not yet set pricing on this unit, which is slated to ship in November.

Sony’s third new model, the BSV-M1, is a network backup server that will come bundled with Sony’s rack-mountable AIT library. The device backs up 2 terabytes of data on the library. Sony hasn’t yet priced the BSV-MI, which also is slated to ship in November.

The new lineup sounds terrific, but analysts say Sony will have its work cut out to stay ahead of the pack.

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