Dell Adds NAS Servers to PowerVault Family
The NAS servers are based on Microsoft's Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system and are designed to help enterprises quickly and easily add, consolidate, and manage storage directly on the network.Dell Computer Monday unveiled the PowerVault 755N, 750N, and 715N, three new network-attached storage (NAS) servers in the PowerVault family.
The PowerVault NAS servers allow file access and sharing between Windows, Novell NetWare, Unix, Linux, and Macintosh. The servers come with Dell's ActiveArchives technology, which creates and preserves point-in-time snapshots of stored data to help guard against loss from network outages or disruptions; LAN-free backup software, which enables data backups to occur directly to locally attached Dell PowerVault tape systems; and the capability to be configured with third-party software for data backup, disk management, or anti-virus protection. The servers are also Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility List certified, allowing them to be used with SQL Server 2000 databases.
The NAS servers are designed for easy deployment, and according to Dell they can be configured in as little as 15 minutes by someone with minimal IT expertise. Configuration requires no network downtime.
With scalability that extends to more than 7 TB, the PowerVault 750N and 755N are targeted at departments and workgroups within large enterprises. The PowerVault 750N and 755N are available immediately, and are priced starting at $8,700.
The PowerVault 715N is designed to fit in a standard server rack or on a tabletop. Scalable to up to 400 GB, the 715N is targeted at small businesses or remote offices where file sharing and maximum data protection are essential. The PowerVault 715N is scheduled to begin shipping later this month and will be priced starting at $1,999.
In addition, Dell Monday announced that as part of its agreement with EMC it will begin offering EMC's IP4700 enterprise-class NAS. The product will be branded as the Dell/EMC IP4700. Like Dell's PowerVault offering, it is intended to serve as a scalable, highly available NAS solution for enterprise applications that is easy to install, configure, and maintain.
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