Global namespace player NuView Inc. has
enhanced its file virtualization software in an effort to find new space in an increasingly crowded field.
NuView has added data management support for Linux and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) Solaris operating systems to its StorageX product. The company also has introduced security features to go with its previous support for Windows.
NuView can now migrate or replicate data from Linux to Solaris servers, and its products can replicate data to remote sites. NuView also has added the ability to assign group permissions to data through global namespaces.
Can NuView distance itself from a growing roster of competitors with these enhancements? To answer that question, let's start at the top. Global namespace lets users manage files stored across different NAS systems as one big pool. NuView shipped its first global namespace product when it introduced StorageX in 2001 (see SNW: Day Two) and caught the attention of Network Appliance Inc. and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC (Nasdaq: NTAP).
NuView now claims more than 250 customers, largely due to an OEM deal with NetApp and a licensing agreement with EMC (see A NuView for NetApp and EMC?). NetApp and NuView co-develop the product that NetApp sells as Virtual File Manager (VFM), and EMC resells StorageX (see NetApp Ships NuView NAS App).