Network Appliance introduces multiprotocol server
NT and Unix users won't need protocol
Paris -- Network Appliance Inc. announced a new multiprotocol server software that will give both Windows NT and Unix users access to server data without the need for protocol translation.
Today, NT and Unix users connected to the same server have to go through protocol translation in order to access and capture data located on the common server. Network Appliance promises that its new software will give customers faster network performance, improved stability, and improved access to remotely accessed data by supporting both the CIFS (Common Internet File System) and NFS (Network File System) protocols.
Microsoft Corp. and Network Appliance together announced in June that they are promoting CIFS as an open industry standard for enterprise networks, intranets and the Internet. NFS, the reigning and competing protocol, is spearheaded by Sun Microsystems Inc. -- which has Netscape Communications Corp. in its camp.
Network Appliance's new multiprotocol filer software runs on the entire
NetApp server product family, including the F220, F330, and the F540. Base
pricing for the software, expected to be shipped this fall, ranges from $4,000
--Jeanette Borzo, IDG News Service, Paris Bureau
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