XIOtech unveils NAS/SAN convergence device

Storage array vendor XIOtech Corp. last week became another of the companies providing gateway gear that converges network-attached storage with storage-area networks.

The company announced a NAS package that lets administrators tie block-based XIOtech Magnitude storage arrays to NAS file servers so users can access data from their workstations as file-oriented data.

To configure XIOtech's NAS package, a server that uses Novell Inc.'s or Veritas Software Corp.'s NAS software attaches to the network and also to the XIOtech MAGNITUDE storage array. Novell's NetDevice NAS is installed on any industry-standard Intel server; Veritas' ServPoint NAS for Solaris 8 installs on any Intel- or SPARC-based Solaris server.

Because NAS devices handle data as files, configurations of this type present block-oriented data as files to the user.

The Solaris version of the product which consists of a XIOtech MAGNITUDE array, the NAS software and a Intel or SPARC server is available now. The Novell NetDevice NAS version will be available this quarter. Pricing is deteriined by the individual configuration of the server, the Veritas or Novell software and the amount of space required on the MAGNITUDE.

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