Sprouting networked storage market gets a new upstart

ATA over Ethernet provides a cheap way to network servers with a large pool of storage--but it's got some catches.

First came Fibre Channel, then iSCSI. Now, for the increasingly popular idea of using a network to connect storage to servers, there's a third option called ATA over Ethernet.

Using networked storage makes it easier to share storage efficiently among many servers, add storage capacity, and centralize storage systems management. But for those accustomed to the cost of hard drives built into a server, the price tag can be daunting to make the switch to mainstream technologies such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI or another option called network-attached storage (NAS).

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