Could NAS = Novell As Storage? - Page 3

 By Jim Freund
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Pricing is not cheap. The Novell NetDevice NAS Server with an unlimited Gigabyte license runs a buck shy of $3,500. Of course, you can obtain similar functionality for a lot less money using Linux, Samba, and eDirectory for Linux. You'd be sacrificing the ease of setup and use, and will require more on-hand expertise than this out-of-the-box solution. And if you're already making use of Novell products such as NetWare, ZENworks, or eDirectory, this integrates beautifully with your existing management system.

Probably the main no-brainer here is that a software solution for NAS makes sense. Traditionally, (if a technology only three years old can be thought of as traditional,) NAS devices are sold as hardware appliances, and so you're not only spending less on the acquisition, you can redeploy existing hardware that would otherwise be on its way to a recycling center.

NetDevice NAS is the first in a series of products that Novell plans to introduce, and it may just be that if they can figure out how to effectively market this line, there may be a future left for the venerable vendor.

Jim Freund is the Managing Editor of CrossNodes.

This article was originally published on Dec 21, 2001
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