NEC adds cost-cutting SAN, tape storage solutions

NEC Business Solutions (NECBS) on Monday launched new SAN and tape storage products the company claims will reduce implementation costs by 30 per cent.

Through an alliance with open-source software vendor FalconStor Software, NEC Business Solutions launched the NECS 1200 entry disk array model that accommodates up to 4TB and the NEC S2200 mid-range disk array with a capacity of up to 28TB.

NECBS storage and servers national manager, David Henderson, said the alliance makes NEC the first company in Australia to deliver a non-proprietary storage range that doesn't lock customers into inflating costs.

Henderson said the storage platform uses both IP and Fibre Channel infrastructure. The new products are based on the company's Express 5800 server range, which includes blade and fault tolerant solutions launched in September.

"At a time when data capacity needs and data management demands are at their highest, budgets are projected to remain constant; it is non-proprietary systems that have kept costs high," he said.

The announcement was made at the company's annual user conference where NECBS director David Haynes also launched the IPS DM, an IP enterprise platform with remote survivability.

"It's a fact of life that carrier networks occasionally fail. Remote survivability should support the entire range of communications functions rather than just dial tone, and we're the first to achieve this standard," Haynes said.

"Organisations such as emergency services with mission-critical functions can now consider making the move to IP with real confidence." The IPS DM shares all the features of the NEAX 2000 IPS communication platform including traditional 99.999 per cent reliability, integrated wireless communications, ISDN networking, malicious call trace, integrated voicemail and support for an integrated data router.

Haynes said the IPS DM is particularly suited to environments of data infrastructure from multiple vendors and where transition to IP telephony is wanted.

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