Storage networking continues to be a fertile environment for multi-vendor alliances as the technology filters down from the top-tier enterprises to medium and small businesses.
NEC and EMC are the latest to adapt to this new reality, uniting the NEC iStorage and CLARiiON storage systems into a low-cost iSCSI platform.
The combination, which will be sold by NEC as the iStorage E1 and EMC as the CLARiiON AX4, will support up to 64 servers running Windows, Linux, Unix and VMware ESX. It holds up to 60 SAS or SATA drives, with an eye toward maintaining high availability of unstructured data through two-layered controllers.
This is the first release for the two companies since they entered into a joint development pact last April, and they are currently working on additional systems that they say will address worldwide market needs.