EMC rolls out new NAS devices, software

The company also said it had teamed up with industry giants to drive standardization in the low-end external storage

EMC rolled out on Monday two new network-attached storage (NAS) devices and extended its Smarts IP  root-cause diagnosis software to NAS systems.

The new appliances include the Celerra NS704, which can scale up to 48 terabytes. Pricing starts at $261,000 for 2.2 terabytes of storage capacity. For smaller shops, EMC rolled out the NS350, which can scale up to 10 terabytes and supports both Fibre Channel and ATA drives. Pricing starts around $47,000 for 1 terabyte of capacity.

Both devices include NAS and iSCSI connectivity and are Windows-certified.

On the software side, EMC debuted Smarts IP Availability Manager for NAS, which can detect NAS systems as IP devices and diagnose root-cause failures in the IP network. It works with EMC's Celerra systems as well as storage filers from EMC rival Network Appliance, according to EMC officials.

The software is based on technology EMC gained in late 2004 through its acquisition of System Management Arts (Smarts), an event automation and real-time network systems software maker.

Pricing for the new software starts at $50,000. In the future, EMC will expand the software to support SAN devices.

In a separate announcement, EMC said it had teamed up with Dell, Intel and LSI Logic to form a non-profit group aimed at driving standardization in low-end external storage.

The Storage Bridge Bay Working Group (SBB) will focus first on developing specifications for standardizing external disk subsystem technologies. Its goal is to bring storage technologies traditionally geared for the enterprise to smaller businesses, according to a statement Monday.

Other storage vendors joining the group include Adaptec, Aristos Logic, Astute Networks, Dot Hill Systems, Neterion, Rasilient Systems, Seagate Technology and Xyratex.

An explosion of data and the availability of storage systems that can help businesses tackle data protection drove a record year of growth for the disk storage systems market in 2005, according to market research firm IDC, which is owned by IDG, publisher of the IDG News Service.

External disk storage system sales worldwide jumped nearly 18 percent to $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005 from the prior year-ago quarter, and for the year grew 12 percent to $16 billion from the prior year, IDC said.