Compaq Enters Network-Attached Storage Market

LONDON (07/31/2000) - Compaq Computer Corp. Monday launched the TaskSmart N-Series appliance server as its debut into the NAS (network-attached storage) market.

The launch of the NAS storage appliance completes Compaq's enterprise network storage architecture strategy, with the company's offerings now ranging from products for DAS (direct-attached storage) and SAN (storage-area networks) to NAS, said Compaq spokesman Paul Seaman.

"We are making the announcement today but the TaskSmart N-Series appliance server will actually be available for purchase starting on Tuesday. The pricing in the U.K. is 20,368 pounds (US$30,623)," Seaman said.

Though the NAS server works on Unix and Linux platforms, Compaq has chosen Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 as its platform of choice, according to Seaman.

"Out of the box, our NAS server will perform up to 50 percent faster than any comparable product on the market, and it will have scalability of up to 1T bit.

Furthermore, it is the first NAS product based entirely on industry standards," Seaman said.

Compaq also announced the launch of a SAN product, the StorageWorks Raid Array 4100 for workgroups and small and medium-sized businesses. The SAN product supports Windows, Unix or Linux client data and has the ability to connect to Compaq's other DAS and NAS products, Seaman said.

Pricing was not yet available for the SAN product, Seaman said.

Compaq, in Houston, Texas, can be reached at +1-281-370-0670, or via the Web at

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