In 2003, if one trend is emerging in NAS, it is that it has become a diverse, increasingly robust technology platform for enterprise storage. We believe the NAS market is at the early stages of several broad-based pushes in functionality that will bring this technology base into every corner of the data center, from easily deployed and manageable departmental filers to enterprise class appliances and file services atop SANs.
On August 25, 2003, McData announced its intentions to acquire Nishan Systems for $83M in cash (plus $2M in debt) and Sanera for $102M in cash. McData also announced that they have invested $6M in Aarohi Communications, a storage networking chip vendor.
While the Data Tsunami continues unabated and most of the Global 2000 are still struggling to enhance their data protection methodologies, in comes regulations that require data be retained online for specified periods of time in a secure manner. In addition, this data must be authenticated to be the original.
MaXXan this month became the first vendor to actually GA an intelligent director class product. While the architecture is sound and the product has most of the required features for such a product, and the use of standard OTS network processors, rather than custom designed ASICs gives them the ability to upgrade and ship faster than others, MaXXan finds itself in a very interesting position.