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Hitachi Touts NAS Strategy, Products
Aggressive Pricing Ups Stakes in Growing Storage Market

A new line of storage "blades" from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is targeted at small and medium business and features aggressive pricing apparently designed to put the pressue on industry leader Network Appliance (NetApp).

The HDS TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform is aimed at NAS adopters, and "will sell for one-third of the price of competing NAS (products," according to Tom Valiante, an HDS Channel VP.

"With the newly introduced NAS blades, Hitachi will focus on capturing new NAS gateway and flier sales opportunities and [on] consolidating all existing NAS gateways and fliers in an enterprise environment," he said. "Following the introduction of embedded NAS blades in its high-end systems, Hitachi's strategy is to introduce a series of channel-optimized midrange NAS offerings targeting the fast-growing Windows- and Linux-based SMB markets."

NAS, or network-attached storage is by far the smaller of the two major storage enterprise markets, but is growing more quickly than the SAN (storage area network) segment, which is led by storage giant EMC and IBM. Until the HDS announcement, NAS was also considered to be the more profitable of the two segments.

Hitachi has been offering NetApp products through an earlier OEM deal, and there was no immediate word on how today's announcement affects that arrangement.

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