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Apr 11, 2012

SGI NAS Marks the Debut of Modular InfiniteStorage

Network-attached storage devices are all well and good, but SGI doesn't really feel that the ones currently in existence are up to scratch, so it has taken matters into its own hands.

SGI has introduced the first “fully integrated solution” from the SGI Modular InfiniteStorage product family.

Outwardly, it doesn't really look all that different from other network-attached storage devices.

On the inside, though, it actually has solid state drives and hard disk drives working in tandem, as well as RAM (random access memory) and an Intel Xeon E5 server CPU.

Essentially, the SGI NAS can have huge storage capacities, from terabytes to petabytes, making it a boon to any business.

"Customers continually ask for flexible solutions that don't tie them into one type of storage architecture as they look for ways to better manage continued data expansion across their infrastructures," said Tony Carrozza, executive vice president of field operations at SGI. 

"SGI NAS addresses this by ensuring that they can effectively deal with data today, and ensure it will be available anytime and anywhere as their data demands continue to scale."

SGI NAS supports multiple NAS and SAN protocols, as well as de-duplication, native compression, cloning and unlimited file size.

It even boasts a browser-based GUI, which means that any desktop or even a tablet can be used to administer it.

Add to that all the data integrity and easy integration into existing environments and SGI seems to have all bases covered.

"One of the biggest challenges facing any storage customer is rationalizing the cost and complexity of rapidly expanding data storage requirements," said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for HPC. 

"SGI's Modular InfiniteStorage product family is designed to address this problem by merging a modular open storage architecture with advances in density. Products like this have a strong potential for boosting returns on data storage investments."

SGI NAS is available for pre-order, but prices are only established upon request, depending on exactly what configurations companies seek.


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