Geekspeak: May 20, 2002

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-05-20 Print this article Print

Ateonix claims 512-petabyte capacity--who's to argue?

A new NAS appliance with interesting design options isnt particularly exciting. What is exciting is 512 petabytes—storage capacity so large you practically laugh saying it. Of course, no NAS appliance currently provides 512 petabytes, but Ateonix Networks ( says its NASAS-2040 appliance could support 512 petabytes right now—if only there were drives out there that could accommodate 100-plus petabytes.

The NASAS-2040 runs a customized version of Linux 2.4 that boots from a 16MB ROM chip. The Linux-based support for 48-bit IDE extensions gives the appliance its ability to handle very large drives. But it cant even reach a terabyte right now (its maximum is four 160GB drives, or 640GB total). Huge capacity aside, the NASAS-2040 is a capable NAS appliance, with a journaling file system and full support for standard file sharing protocols. Its priced at $2,000 without drives, although pricing will vary depending on distributor.

And dont hold your breath waiting for those 512 petabytes. Today, one petabyte in a NAS appliance sounds like a pipe dream.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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