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NuView Fills Out

Three-year-old startup NuView Inc. has finally added support for Unix hosts and the ability to manage Windows-based NAS servers to its StorageX management software -- a move CEO Rahul Mehta claims will at least double its addressable market (see NuView Debuts StorageX 3.0).

StorageX acts as a kind of metadirectory for NAS namespaces, providing an abstraction layer that allows an administrator to modify or move NAS servers without needing to change how users gain access to them. The software, which runs on a Windows 2000 server, also provides a consolidated view of multiple NAS devices.

"This is the way everyone will manage NAS in the future," predicts Mehta. [Ed. note: Well, he can wish.]

With version 3.0, StorageX extends into the Unix world with support for the Network File System (NFS) protocol, and it can now directly manage NAS servers based on the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Server Appliance Kit (SAK), which has captured a significant portion of the market. The previous version of StorageX spoke only the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol used by Windows servers, and it was able to manage only Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) filers.

The big deal with StorageX 3.0 is that it provides a global namespace across both Unix and Windows, says Randy Kerns, senior analyst with Evaluator Group. "Now I can establish a global namespace across a much larger, heterogeneous environment than I could before," he says.

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