The network-attached storage (NAS) market has been a thriving one with many players, but one notably absent vendor has been IBM. Until now. Big Blue is wading into that market like the 800 pound gorilla it is. Enterprise Storage Forum has the details.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled its entry in the growing market for clustered network-attached storage (NAS) systems.
IBM said its new Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) offering can scale both capacity and performance while providing parallel access to data and a global name space that can manage billions of files and up to 14.4 petabytes of capacity.
The new offering is a hardware-based expansion of Big Blue’s Scale Out File Services and is based on IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS).
The Samba-based systems include management nodes, switches, interface nodes, data storage nodes, RAID controllers and expansion units, and offer snapshot capabilities, tiered storage and HSM through Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).