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Interactive Week: Storage: Network set-ups gain on servers

Apr 23, 2001, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"Storage appliances are busting out all over, and experts say they are part of a trend to detach storage from specific servers and make it a pooled resource on corporate networks."

"Most server vendors produce their own version of a storage appliance that is mounted on a rack and loaded with disk drives. In addition, some of the fastest growing start-ups -- the former Cobalt Networks, now part of Sun Microsystems; Procom Technology; and Snap Appliances -- produce storage appliances. So do big players, including Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Last week VA Linux Systems announced a Linux-based storage appliance, the 9450 model...."

"The rapid growth of the use of storage, combined with budget constraints, is good news to storage appliance vendors, which are frequently able to price their products below more highly engineered alternatives. The VA Linux 9450 starts at $30,000, with typical server-attached storage configurations that would cost double that amount, said Larry Augustin, president of VA Linux."

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