VA Linux Systems Ventures into StorageSep 12, 2000, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])
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By Thor Olavsrud, internetnews.com
Linux hardware specialist VA Linux Systems Inc. made its first foray into storage solutions Tuesday with the introduction of the VA Linux 9205 NAS (network-attached storage) system, an ultradense 2U storage appliance.
The 3.5-inch high appliance, starting at less than $29,300 for 180GB of storage, is scalable to 2.1 terabytes in an ultradense 8U form factor or more than 10TB in a standard 42U rack. The 9205 NAS is a file sharing solution targeted at e-businesses in ISP data centers where space is at a premium. VA Linux Systems (NASDAQ:LNUX) said it offers seamless file sharing across multiple platforms -- including Linux, UNIX, Windows and Mac OS -- enabling transparent file access in heterogeneous network environments.
"VA Linux is bringing the power of Open Source software -- reliability, innovation and reduced costs -- to the NAS market," said Ali Jenab, senior vice president and general manager of VA Linux's Systems Division. "E-businesses today need to manage and store more data than ever before, and Open Source is the key to keeping up with this rapid pace. VA Linux is re-defining the storage market by bringing scalable Open Source NAS solutions to our customers, and backing them with an extensive, best-of-class service and support package."
The company said the 9205 NAS is designed to maximize uptime and reliability through the following features: