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CommWeb: VA Linux Enters The NAS Market

Sep 12, 2000, 12:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin J. Garvey)

"A new vendor in the network-attached storage market is bringing the open-source software market into the NAS space. VA Linux Systems Inc.'s 9205 system is sure to shake up the NAS market, which, according to International Data Corp., will become a $6.57 billion market by 2003."

"Linux is the free operating-system software that's taking the market by storm. VA Linux maintains the network that 60,000 subscribers use to fix and update the Linux system. As Linux scalability improves, so will the scalability of the 9205 system. And there's a group of developers out on the network who are focused on storage applications for Linux. No other NAS appliance is based on Linux. The 9205 will scale up to 2.1 terabytes in capacity in the space of approximately 14 inches, and customers can combine multiple 9205s in a single rack for a capacity of 10 terabytes. The 9205, which costs $29,300 for 180 Gbytes of capacity, also supports RAID 5 data protection. With RAID 5, one drive acts as parity for four drives storing data. The 9205 even sends out E-mail messages if the system is acting up at all. Like any NAS appliance, it's easy to administer and maintain."

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