Exanet Offers Intelligent NAS Manager

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-12-04 Print this article Print
Network storage software maker Exanet is offering an intelligent enterprise package that uses system virtualization to provide automated data storage and delivery services across a wide range of enterprise platforms.

By harnessing commodity storage hardware into a virtual single unit, ExaStore-ICM (Intelligent Cluster Management), announced Nov. 27, offers interoperability by providing support for NFS (Network File System), CIFS (Common Internet File System) and AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) protocols and by enabling file sharing among Apple Computer, Unix, Linux and Microsoft clients.

With ExaStore-ICM, Exanet, of Herzliya, Israel, is the only company to provide unlimited, on-the-fly bandwidth and capacity scalability in a clustered, multiplatform NAS (network-attached storage) environment, a company spokesperson said. By using standard hardware, ExaStore-ICM can provide best-of-breed solutions for any application or budget.

"It is abundantly clear that Exanet is in the clustered storage game," said Brad ONeill, an analyst at Taneja Group. "This is the exact direction that we believe the entire industry needs to head, but Exanet is doing it today."

Key features of Exa-Store-ICM include advanced point-in-time functionality, which enables users to capture an infinite set of snapshots, allowing a return to any given recovery point, and automated storage management, which simplifies system operation and maintenance and drives down the total cost of ownership of enterprise NAS.

New virtual volume capability allows for dynamic expansion or reallocation of storage capacity according to changing business needs.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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