EMC unveils NAS servers, smarts software

EMC last week introduced two new versions of its midrange and low-end network-attached storage (NAS) server. The company also brought out a new version of its Smarts software, with improved systems discovery and IP network analysis capabilities.

EMC said the Celerra NS350 and NS704 NAS servers scale to 10TB and 48TB, respectively. Both can run the new Smarts IP Availability Manager for NAS software to automatically discover NAS devices on an IP network and perform real-time root-cause analysis of server problems.

The Smarts software can also determine the effect that outages may have on associated systems throughout an IP network, which can include servers from EMC rivals.

Alex Munro, director of IT at HireRight, a Web-based pre-employment screening service in California, began beta-testing a Celerra NS704 late last year and is continuing to analyze it.

"We did do an evaluation of EMC and NetApp in a lab," he said. "Both products were excellent. The NS704 was a little more scalable."

Munro said the NS704's multitiered storage capability let him install 2TB of capacity on Fibre Channel disk for transactional systems storage and 4TB of capacity on ATA disk for long-term storage.

The Celerra NS704 offers NAS and iSCSI connectivity and can deliver about 70,000 network file system operations per second. Both NAS engines have native Microsoft management tools supporting multipath I/O for path fail-over, EMC said.

The NS350 with 1TB capacity retails for US$47,000, and the NS704 with 2.2TB retails for US$261,000. The Smarts IP Availability Manager for NAS is priced from US$50,000.

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