VA Linux releases second storage system

VA Linux Systems Inc. launched its second foray into the storage arena last week with a more scalable NAS (network-attached storage) system for online data archiving that supports midrange applications.

The 9450 NAS appliance is designed to provide transparent file-sharing across several operating environments, including Linux, Unix, Windows, and the Macintosh operating system, making it easier for different workgroups to communicate across departments.

The 9450 lets users "scale to 6.6TB in just a 26U [unit] rack space," said David Farace, director of VA Linux's storage systems group. "We have added a logical volume manager in our [operating system] software so users can dynamically grow multiple RAID systems and make them all look like one system to a user," Farace said.

The Fremont, Calif.-based company also unveiled Version 3.0 of its VA NetAttach (VANA) operating environment. In addition to the logical volume manager, the new version includes SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) support, allowing the product to better fit in with corporate users' existing infrastructure, such as Hewlett-Packard OpenView, Computer Associates Unicenter, and IBM Tivoli systems management environment.

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