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NAS Up Next for Hitachi

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) entered the NAS market today, by way of blades for its TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform (USP) high-end SAN system.

Claus Mikkelsen, head of Hitachis hardware infrastructure group, says the blades are just the first step of a full-fledged move into the NAS market.

“There’s some money to be made out there, and we intend to get it,” he asserts. “We are going head first with all the might we can muster into NAS.”

For now, though, it's only beginning. Hitachi is merely chasing a small piece of the NAS market -- TagmaStore customers. And Mikkelsen admits TagmaStore sales are still in the “tire-kicking” stage.

Hitachi has concentrated on SANs until now, though it has resold NAS gateways from Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) since 2002. The NetApp partnership will continue until Hitachi augments its new high-end blades with gateways and filers of its own for NAS midrange systems and SMBs. Hitachi gives no public timetable for this future NAS gear, however.

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