EMC targets remote office with new NAS gateway

EMC has announced its lowest-priced NAS gateway device targeted at enterprise remote office data backup and recovery.

The Windows-based NetWin 110 has a starting list price of US$6,100 and is the first such device to be sold exclusively through EMC distributors.

Tony Asaro, an analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, said EMC's latest product could allow enterprises to install hundreds or thousands of gateway NAS, or network-attached storage, devices to mirror data back to a central data center over Ethernet and centrally manage operations.

"It's something these large organizations are well equipped to do," Asaro said.

While the NetWin 110 is small, it has many of the functions normally found in higher-end products, such as storage monitoring and alerting capabilities and automatic storage provisioning. Also, the Windows Storage Server 2003-based product includes features such as Volume Shadow Copy Service and Virtual Disk Service.

EMC said the NetWin 110 will be made available in direct-attached and gateway configurations and will come with trial copies of its Legato division's RepliStor data protection software. Licenses for working models of RepliStor software will start at US$1,500.

EMC said the NetWin 110 can use the Clariion CX300, CX500 and CX700 midrange disk arrays for storage, significantly boosting the cost. EMC's Clariion storage arrays serve as the back ends for the NetWin 110 NAS gateway device, with the CX300 going for $31,875. The CX500 sells for $66,875, and the CX700 goes for $121,875. All three have 584GB of usable storage.

Tom Joyce, senior director of NAS product marketing, said the NetWin 110's biggest play will be in the high-volume market of consolidating direct-attached storage systems in the remote office, eliminating the need to change out backup tapes on-site.

"The NetWin 110 is actually customer-installable," he said. "That brings us into an entirely new territory."

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