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IBM Swings New NAS Gateway

Having failed to make a dent on the low-end and midrange NAS market, IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) today said it is shifting its focus to the enterprise.

IBM last August discontinued its Windows-based NAS system after struggling for market share. Now its back with a NAS gateway built on its AIX operating system and Power processor architecture. IBM’s TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500 replaces the midrange Gateway 300 as IBM aims solely at the enterprise as a NAS target.

The new strategy is IBM's attempt to mount a serious threat to Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) in the NAS arena.

"We really believe we can compete on the high end with them,” says David Vaughn, IBM’s NAS product manager. “With our previous product, we couldn’t compete."

Vaughn says AIX and the Power processor give IBM’s new NAS offering the high availability and reliability needed for the enterprise. The systems are available in one- or two-node configurations; they support NFS and CIFS; and they work with other vendors' SAN gear through IBM's SAN Volume Controller software.

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