Network Storage Solutions embraces Fibre Channel

Network Storage Solutions (NSS) last week added Fibre Channel interfaces to its storage appliances for network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN).

The Thunderbolt line of storage devices were previously supplied with SCSI connections only. But with the upswing in SAN installations, NSS added the Fibre Channel connection to help users add the file-sharing device to their SANs.

Thunderbolt supports concurrent Unix, Linux and Windows NT networks and has a capacity of 730GB of storage, outfitted in four rack-mount chassis. It supports RAID levels 0, 0+1+1, 3 and 5 and has hot-swappable disk drives for data protection. Up to eight terabytes of data will fit in a standard 19-inch rack. Thunderbolt appliances are managed through a browser, serial or Telnet connection.

In addition, the Thunderbolt has 10/100/1000Gbps Ethernet connection for attaching to the local network and includes tape backup capability. It uses an Intel Pentium III processor with 512KB of cache memory and hot-swappable fans.

International Data Corp puts the NAS market at $US3 billion by 2003.

The Fibre Channel upgrade for Thunderbolt is available immediately starting at $US10,000.

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