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EMC teams up with Microsoft

EMC has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver the EMC NetWin 200. The Windows powered NAS solution promises to deliver an attractive price/performance entry point for NAS customers running data in a Windows environment.

EMC has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a Windows powered network attached storage (NAS) solution. The EMC NetWin 200, which will be available from Q3 onwards, combines Windows technology with EMC’s CLARiiON networked storage platform and promises to deliver an attractive price/performance entry point for NAS customers running data in a Windows environment.

By integrating CLARiiON’s storage functionality with Windows Powered NAS, the NetWin 200 systems will improve integrated storage array management and allow users to simplify administration by using a single console. With list prices for the product starting at US$50,000, the NetWin 200 is aimed squarely at small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs).

“With the introduction of NetWin, EMC can now offer customers the broadest, most scalable family of NAS offerings in the industry — providing consistent management, powerful file distribution capabilities and Microsoft Windows compatibility from the entry level Windows Powered NAS family scaling up to our market-leading Celerra family,” says David Donatelli, EMC’s executive vice president of platform operations.

Despite the availability of other Windows powered NAS boxes from the likes of HP, the analyst community has heartily endorsed EMC and Microsoft’s offspring. For example, IDC’s research director for storage software, Bill North, says it represents a breakthrough in the management of network attached storage.

“Now EMC and Microsoft customers will be able to use a single, integrated console to manage all their storage, rather than having to launch separate tools to manage the NAS and disk array functions… This means the entire storage solution should be easier to deploy and manage,” he explains.

The introduction of the NetWin 200 should be a boon for both vendors. Not only does it provide EMC with a conniving SMB story as it looks to expand beyond its high end stronghold, but it also fleshes out Microsoft’s fledgling storage initiatives.

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