ADIC fuses disk and tape
- By John x_Zyskowski
- Apr 24, 2000
One of the downsides of using storage devices that attach directly to a
network is that the data typically resides on one of the most expensive
types of storage media: magnetic disk. Advanced Digital Information Corp.
last week introduced a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance that tries
to mitigate that cost issue with a system that combines disk storage with
a low-cost tape library system.
There are three models in ADIC's new StorNext family of NAS appliances,
which range from 950G to nearly 11.8 terabytes of data storage capacity.
At about $35,000 for the entry-level model, StorNext can store data for
a few cents per megabyte or less, said Steve Whitner, ADIC's director of
marketing. Files that must be immediately accessible to users would be stored
on StorNext's disk drive. Less frequently used files would be stored on
one of the unit's tape cartridges. Files on tape are still available to
users automatically, but access can take up to a minute if the autoloader
has to retrieve the tape.
Unlike storage management products that move files automatically from
disk to tape based on rules related to a file's age or access history, system
managers using StorNext must move files manually from disk to tape, Whitner
said. The systems, which work with Unix, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and World
Wide Web-based clients, will be available by month's end.