Dell presents tougher stance in storage market

Dell has unveiled an aggressively-priced family of network-attached storage (NAS) products which it believes will simplify data storage for small businesses.

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By  Robin Duff Published  April 2, 2001

Dell has unveiled an aggressively-priced family of network-attached storage (NAS) products which it believes will simplify data storage expansion tasks for small and medium businesses, as well as workgroup, departmental and distributed computing environments within the enterprise.

At the head of the new series, named PowerVault, is the new PowerVault 735N, a midrange NAS system priced at the $9300. The unit can be installed in approximately 15 minutes and managed from any location through a standard browser. In addition, the company has introduced the PowerVault 701N and a capacity upgrade to the PowerVault 705N, two entry-level NAS products that round out Dell's family of NAS offerings.

"The family of NAS products provides our customers with the ability to easily add or increase the storage capacity of their networks and provide the ease of use and price/performance benefits for which Dell is known," said Tejas Vakil, president, enterprise business, Dell EMEA. "The PowerVault 735N offers businesses a highly reliable, flexible storage system that will grow to meet their changing data requirements."

The NAS market is seen as possessing huge potential for Dell: Dataquest estimated recently that this particular market will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 65% in revenue through to 2004. The 735N is engineered around the Windows operating system, and includes support for the Netware, Unix, Linux and Macintosh clients.

The unit provide four 36GB data disk drives with an initial capacity of 144GB of storage, is scalable up to 1.44TB with additional storage enclosures and is available in a dual processor PowerVault XP for $11500.

The PowerVault 701N is Dell's desk-side NAS system for small businesses and offers 60GB of storage capacity and is priced at around $1300. The 705N, which was originally announced with a 120GB storage capacity last September, is now being offered with 240GB of storage for small business and corporate workgroups and is priced under $4200.

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