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ONStor Hits NAS Gas

NAS startup ONStor Inc. will try to extend its reach with a new gateway launched this week.

The product, dubbed the ONStor Bobcat NAS Gateway, arrives slightly more than a year after release of the company's flagship SF4400 Series gateway (see ONStor Peddles SAN Consolidation). The new product retains the scaleability of its predecessor -- up to 40,000 Tbytes of supported storage, according to company sources. However, the Bobcat comes with streamlined design and management features at roughly one-third the cost.

"What we found with the previous product was that customers loved the scaleability, but the reality is that they would like to start with something more modest and grow into [larger deployments] rather than going whole hog at $100,000," says Jon Toor, ONStor's VP of marketing.

With the Bobcat gateway, ONStor has dropped the form factor down to 1 rack unit (compared with the SF4400's 3U), reduced the number of processors, and increased the amount of shared storage on each device. The tighter design also results in a price tag of $20,000, compared with roughly $60,000 for the earlier product.

"This puts ONStor in the big leagues," says Greg Schulz, senior analyst at Evaluator Group. "They're providing enterprise functionality without enterprise pricing."

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