Maxtor Corp. and Sony Corp. of America are attacking the midrange storage space with new network-attached and tape devices.
At this weeks NetWorld+Interop trade show in Atlanta, Maxtor will unveil a 5.7-terabyte network-attached storage product, the MaxAttach 6000. The $80,000 product will be available by mid-October, said Eric Kelly, president of the Milpitas, Calif., companys Network Systems Group. The companys future plans include application- and vertical-specific versions, plus enhanced services to support it.
Jack Sell, vice president of Layton & Sell Inc., a Redmond, Wash., civil engineering company, said he has been pleased with the performance of Maxtors smaller 4100 NAS series and that more capacity could benefit some companies.
Tokyo-based Sony will roll out four products, including a rack-mountable library device for its AIT-series tapes, the AIT LIB-162, which will hold 800GB, or 2 terabytes with compression. It will ship later this month for about $9,000.
Also on display will be the BSV-M1 backup and library server, also rack-mountable, which includes ARCserve management software from Computer Associates International Inc. That product will be available in November and hasnt yet been priced.
Sony also will announce two network-attached libraries, one with 80GB of data, the other with 480GB, both running Linux. Sonys future in the high-end market involves physically smaller and faster products, officials said.