A few days ago we talked about Unified Storage and how it's extending the life of NAS installations by making it easier to tie it to SAN fabrics.
Now comes word that IBM is ramping up its presence in Unified Storage solutions with a new System Storage implementation. The SS N5300 brings iSCSI, NAS and Fibre Channel under one roof. The system scales up to 126 TB on 252 drives (SATA or Fibre Channel), plus a 64-bit controller architecture and integrated GbE and 4Gb FC ports.
The system can also be outfitted with the EXN4000 storage expansion unit, 4Gb FC disks, a range of compatible gateways featuring Data Ontap dynamic provisioning, and the A-SIS deduplication module designed to not drain CPU resources.
Data protection is carried out through RAID-DP implementation, IBM's own version of RAID 6, plus there are a host of recovery tools, such as the Snapshot.
Unified storage is a classic example of the right technology coming in to fill a need at the right time. With many existing NAS houses building out SAN networks for specialized uses, there's a strong incentive to make sure these two architectures can talk to each other.