B&S Insider Hashes New Era of NAS

Byte and Switch Insider analyzes the continuing evolution of the NAS market

November 18, 2004

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NEW YORK -– Rapid evolution in the market for network-attached storage (NAS) has spawned a range of new products that drastically change the deployment of NAS in today's networks, according to a detailed new report from the subscription research service Byte and Switch Insider (www.byteandswitch.com/insider).

The report, NAS Update: Survival of the Fittest, examines new trends in NAS and their impact on today's enterprises. This includes a taxonomy of current NAS techniques, plus analysis of products from 24 vendors, drawing comparisons and conclusions across more than 20 criteria.

"The NAS approach, which adds storage directly to existing networks, is more popular than ever," says the report's author, Byte and Switch Insider Senior Analyst Brett Mendel. "Trouble is, NAS has shortcomings that are forcing vendors to rethink how they deliver this technology. Chief among these is a lack of scaleability and integration with other kinds of storage gear."

Among the report's conclusions:

  • Gateways that front SAN-attached storage with NAS file serving are overtaking standalone NAS products.

  • Established players are finding the NAS challenge a major factor in their storage networking strategies.

  • More startups are taking aim at the NAS market, challenging established vendors with installed bases to protect.

Products from these public companies are discussed in this report: Adaptec Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Iomega Corp. (NYSE: IOM), Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW).

Products from these private companies are discussed in this report: Acopia Networks Inc., BlueArc Corp., Cloverleaf Communications Inc., Exanet Inc., Isilon Systems Inc., NuView Inc., ONStor Inc., Panasas Inc., and Xiotech Corp.

Other companies mentioned in this report include: Ciprico Inc. (Nasdaq: CPCI), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), InoStor Corp. (Oslo: TAD), Maximum Throughput Inc. (Max-T), NeoPath Networks Inc., Pillar Data Systems Inc., and Procom Technology Inc. (OTC: PRCM).

NAS Update: Survival of the Fittest is available as part of an annual subscription (12 monthly issues) to Byte and Switch Insider, priced at $1,350. Individual reports are available for $900.

To subscribe, or for more information, please visit: www.byteandswitch.com/insider.

For additional information, to request a free executive summary of the report, or for details on multi-user licensing options, please contact:

Jeff Claudino
Sales Manager
Insider Research Services
[email protected]

For review copies, members of the media may contact:

Gabriel Brown
Chief Analyst
Insider Research Services
[email protected]

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