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EMC Launches High-End NAS

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) has announced the Celerra NSX NAS gateway next week, along with a general upgrade of its Celerra NAS operating system for all models.

The Celerra NSX comes in a chassis housing up to eight so-called X-blades with 16 Tbytes of storage apiece. Equipped with file system virtualization and software that supports ILM policies, it's geared to large enterprises looking to consolidate NAS.

EMC's pitching performance of 300,000 NFS operations per second for the NSX, which it claims is 70 percent faster than the vendor's preceding NAS gateway, the Celerra Network Server (CNS). This platform replaces that one, though EMC will continue to support the CNS through 2006, a spokesman says. EMC also claims it's at least 50 percent faster than competing gear.

Indeed, with this announcement, EMC hopes to take a big swipe at Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), whose recent NAS alliance with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is clearly in EMC's sights (see IBM, NetApp Ink OEM Pact).

NetApp will have none of it. Here's what Keith Brown, director of technology and strategy, had to say in an email today (Monday): "The Celerra NSX appears to be a minor hardware upgrade to EMC's old Celerra CNS box, not a 'game changing' product as the company claims." He says the NSX seems complex and expensive and points to features like thin provisioning and writeable snapshots that have been part of NetApp's products for months (see NetApp Freshens What's OnTap ).

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