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.