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HP Boosts Enterprise NAS

Hewlett-Packard has enhanced its NAS product line to appeal to enterprise IT pros intent on consolidating storage servers.

HP today released a new version of its Enterprise File Services Clustered Gateway, which combines an HP NAS gateway with network file virtualization OEM'd from a longstanding arrangement with PolyServe. (See PolyServe, HP Deal Expands .)

Now dubbed HP StorageWorks EVA File Services, the HP gateway and PolyServe software will be bundled with several HP SAN arrays to create a file- and block-based solution for corporate data centers.

A two-node starter kit will cost $90,000 and ship on March 1.

"It's not about saving money. The value is in saving time and sanity," says analyst Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group consultancy. While customers could previously combine HP products with the gateway with considerable effort, now the integration is done for them, Taneja points out.

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