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Network Appliance Wants To Be Your Single Storage Vendor

It's debuting a series of products with high-end capabilities designed to make it a one-stop source for storage.

For customers who miss simplicity and the days when one vendor could hold their hands for all needs, Network Appliance Inc. appears happy to bring back the past. The vendor Monday will unveil a series of products, but the bigger message is one of very high-end capabilities. Added to NetApp's Fast 200 commodity play and its ability to support both blocks of data and files, the new capabilities could make Network Appliance the only storage vendor some customers could need.

The NetApp FAS980 and FAS980c storage systems should offer customers increased capacity, scalability, and performance, and are supposed to be consolidation platforms for existing network-attached storage and storage area networks. The NetApp gFiler is a gateway system that could help customers move information between NAS and a SAN, helped by onboard SnapMover software. Finally, the NetApp NearStore R200 system with improved SnapVault software is positioned as a quicker recovery alternative than tape libraries that are very common for backup and recovery.

NetApp doesn't appear foolish enough to do it all alone--it's also deepening relationships with Cisco Systems, FileNet, and Veritas Software.

One analyst says NetApp is turning the crank at the high end and wants to play across the whole spectrum. "The most important thing to understand is that NetApp uses the same Data on Tap software in all of these devices," says Randy Kerns at Evaluator Group. "Rolling on to next generation is not a new tech or new implementation for customers."

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