EMC hopes to extend the reach of networked storage with the release of new, lower-cost models of its Celerra Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. The Celerra NS500 system, which is available in either an integrated or a gateway configuration, is a cost-effective entry point into the Celerra NAS family. The Celerra NS704G NAS gateway provides a cost-effective link for existing Storage Area Networks (SANs). And a new version of EMC's DART OS environment includes enhancements to the Celerra Manager Basic Edition and iSCSI support.
Both the Celerra NS500 gateway and integrated models are targeted at delivering mid-tier price and performance, high availability, and flexible configurations, including one or two data mover configurations. The NS500 is upgradeable to the Celerra NS700/704G and competes directly with Network Appliance's fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems. The NS500 is available immediately; pricing starts at $40,000 for a 1TB, single-data-mover integrated configuration with CIFS and SnapSure replication software. The Celerra NS704G provides an upgrade for Celerra gateway NAS devices. It's available with four data movers and supports both single and dual Control Station configurations. The system supports more than 100,000 NFS operations per second and competes with Network Appliance's GF960C and the IBM TotalStorage NAS Gateway. The Celerra NS704G is available immediately and starts at $165,000 for a four-data-mover configuration with Common Internet File System (CIFS) and SnapSure.
In other EMC news, the company announced that it has appointed former IBM executive Jeffrey M. Nick as chief technology officer (CTO). Nick fills the position left vacant by Mark Lewis's move to EMC's software operations division 9 months ago. In his 24 years with IBM, Nick was an IBM Fellow and filed more than 80 inventions resulting in more than 50 U.S. patents