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EMC Launches New NAS Initiatives

Looking to expand their data-storage foothold and provide an alternative to the competing Network Appliance Corp. product line, EMC today launched its new NAS initiative with the introduction of two hardware offerings and one software offering during a live Webcast in New York. The new products are EMC Celerra with HighRoad Software, EMC CLARiiON IP 4700, and EMC Celerra SE File Server.

EMC is touting Celerra with HighRoad Software as “uniting the worlds of NAS and SAN.” EMC Celerra with HighRoad Software combines the file-sharing capabilities of NAS with the high-performance information delivery of a SAN. It brings file sharing to the SAN environment, as the software can route files and data traffic directly from the SAN to the user without the intervention of a NAS server.

“The data is delivered through a SAN rather than a NAS,” Jim Rothnie, senior vice-president and CTO, said during the presentation. “We’re bringing file sharing to SANs and revolutionizing how file sharing is accomplished.”

Code-named ‘Chameleon,” CLARiiON IP4700 is targeted towards the mid-tier NAS market, giving EMC a presence in an area in which they did not have one before. A NAS file server that connects to an IP network, CLARiiON IP4700 combines high availability features with a wide range of network connections. Just as important, CLARiiON IP4700 is easily deployable, with an average installation time of 10 minutes.

“We are taking our high-end Celerra product and are bringing it down to an entry-level high-end storage offering that supports NASs and SANs together in a single footprint that very economically can address data center needs,” said EMC COO and president Joe Tucci, while introducing the product.

With the addition of CLARiiON, EMC will now be able to offer its customers an EMC alternative to compete against the mid-tier NAS offerings that NetApp has been highly successful in selling lately.  Although no price comparisons were made available, Rothnie said “we [EMC] have created an attractive price performance that is actually half of the NetApp [Network Appliance] clusters.”

The other hardware offering, Celerra SE, combines the powers of the Celerra File Server and the Symmetric Enterprise Storage System to deliver an entry-level NAS configuration. It includes all the high-end attributes of the Celerra File Server program, can scale to 1.1 terabytes of internal capacity, and is available in two pre-configured models. – James Martin

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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