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HDS Hikes High-End NAS

HDS fired another shot across the bows of EMC and NetApp today, unveiling a souped-up NAS box based on its OEM deal with BlueArc. (See BlueArc Boosts Performance.)

The two firms announced late in 2006 a five-year deal to rebrand BlueArc's Titan 2000 as the HDS high performance NAS Platform. (See HDS, BlueArc in Big NAS Deal.) The result is a 512-Tbyte box, which is aimed at HPC sites and large enterprises and is being touted as a competitor to EMC's Celerra and NetApp's FAS and V Series products.

Unlike the previous offering from HDS/BlueArc, which scaled up to two nodes, software enhancements allow the system to run in a four-node cluster. BlueArc claims this offers over one million input/output operations per second (IOPS), compared to around 600,000 in a two-node cluster.

Scalability has traditionally been cited by users as the pain point for NAS, which explains HDS's desire to boost its clustering capabilities. (See The Outer Limits of NAS and NAS Roadmap .)

Last year, for example, rival NetApp introduced its Data Ontap GX operating system for clustered NAS, which extended the clustering capabilities of its 504-Tbyte FAS6070 device. (See NetApp's GX Targets HPC and NetApp Ships Data Ontap GX.)

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