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Sneak Peek: Intel's Storage Road Map Through Early 2007

Intel will be making a big push into storage over the next year with a wide range of NAS, SAN, and JBOD storage appliances for the system builder community, CRN has learned.

It's all part of a move by Intel to not only strengthen its storage offerings, but also strengthen its channel presence, said John Samborski, vice president of Ace Computers, an Arlington Heights, Ill.-based system builder.

"Intel is trying to strengthen the channel," Samborski said. "It's trying to not be tied to the Hewlett-Packards and the Dells of the world. Dell's a great Intel customer. But I'm sure Dell is trying to extract some kind of loyalty reward from Intel."

For many custom system solution providers, Intel offers them their first opportunity to get into the storage market, said Samborski. "There are a lot of people out there who didn't do servers before Intel brought out its server line," he said. "The same thing will happen with storage. Intel is a trusted brand. They have a lot of brand equity. You can't buy that kind of equity."

According to a copy Intel's storage roadmap viewed by CRN, Intel plans to follow its SSR212MA array, a 2U, 12-drive SAN appliance introduced late last year, with a new SAN appliance code-named Pyramid Peak. Pyramid Peak, expected to be released in the first half of this year, is slated to fit 12 SATA hard drives in a 2U enclosure for SMB customers.

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