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February 1, 2010

Astute Networks updates Edge Storage Foundation Suite

Combines block and file storage access in single blade

By CBR Staff Writer

Astute Networks, a provider of bladed storage offerings, has unveiled a new update to its Edge Storage Foundation Suite (ESFS) to include support for network attached storage (NAS) and a graphical user interface (GUI) for the Caspian Edge Storage product platform.

According to Astute Networks, the ESFS is a storage and systems framework designed for leveraging the open standards of the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) and ease of use required by end-users in environments such as defense and telecommunications.

The company said that the new update provides ATCA storage blade which features iSCSI block storage access with TCP/IP and iSCSI hardware offload as well as simultaneous network attached storage for file storage access.

The NAS functionality supports both Linux/Unix network file system (NFS) and Windows server message block (SMB). It also lessens the complexity of manual configuration of NFS and SMB with the integration of the ESFS management tools, the company said.

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Astute Networks said that the newly included GUI enables users to monitor status of disk drives, network connections and storage volumes, configure RAID arrays, partition volumes, assign iSCSI targets and configure NAS file sharing through NFS or SMB.

Simon Knee, vice president of software and architecture at Astute Networks, said: With the recent enhancements to the Edge Storage Foundation Suite, our customers now have the flexibility to operate their storage in a heterogeneous environment, with all the benefits of ATCA functionality. By offering unified block and file access in a single blade, users can easily share data between operating systems and optimise their storage utilisation.

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