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NEC, EMC develop network storage system

Posted: 15 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet? networked storage system? Fibre Channel?

NEC Corp. and EMC Corp. have launched a jointly developed networked storage system. The system marks the first result in data storage of the strategic alliance formed by the companies in April last year. NEC and EMC collaborated on elements of product development, and NEC will manufacture the product for global sale by both companies. NEC will market the new product as iStorage E1, while EMC will sell the system as the EMC CLARiiON AX4 and in Japan as the EMC CLARiX AX4.

The companies said that at less than $9,187, the system represents groundbreaking entry-level storage, provides high levels of flexibility, scalability and ease-of-use, and is designed for SMEs expanding their information infrastructure into branch offices.

Leveraging the benefits of the joint collaboration, NEC intends to expand its storage product line, iStorage, and to reduce production costs through joint development and increased production, as well as global expansion. Through its strategic alliance with NEC, EMC aims to increase its worldwide market share in entry-level and SMB storage.

iSCSI allows users to use existing Ethernet, making networking and operation easier and more economical compared to a conventional system using Fibre Channel. Due to its cost-effective performance and high operability, use of iSCSI is expected to increase rapidly in both Japan and other worldwide. In light of this, both NEC and EMC plan to introduce iSCSI solutions through extensive marketing.

The new product can be connected to up to 64 servers. It will also support heterogeneous OS environments, which would include Windows, Linux, Unix and VMware ESX servers, allowing flexible scalability. The new product can also be connected with servers including applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP. The new product can mount up to 60 SAS or Serial ATA hard disk drives, allowing it to be optimized for business areas where unstructured data, such as documents or images, is expected to increase. The product also realizes high availability and data protection capabilities by the two-layered controllers.

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