FIA Storage Systems joins the NAS fray

FIA Storage Systems Group is the latest company to pin its future on the booming market for network-attached storage for enterprise departments and workgroups.

The company introduced this week two NAS subsystems that scale up to 320G bytes.

The POPnetserver 2000 is a rack-mount or stand-alone device with a maximum of three 40G byte drives. It works with Microsoft Corp. Common Internet File System, Unix and Linux Network File System, the AppleTalk Filing Protocol and Novell Inc.'s NetWare Core Protocol. The POPnetserver 2000 supports RAID 0, 1 and 5.

The POPnetserver 4000 NAS system fits four hot-swappable drives into a 1U (1.75-inches) rack-mounted enclosure. It also supports RAID 0, 1 and 5.

A Web browser-based software package, called POPassist, lets network administrators remotely monitor and manage the storage subsystems.

The POPnetserver 2000 is available this month, and pricing starts at US$800; pricing for the POPnetserver 4000, which will be available this quarter, starts at $1,500.

FIA is stepping into an already crowded market that IDC projects will skyrocket to $5.1 billion by 2003 from $540 million in 1998. The company's POPnetserver line will compete with products such as Meridian's SnapServer, Procom equipment and low-end NAS boxes from Compaq Computer Corp. and Dell Computer Corp.

FIA Storage Systems Group is at

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