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HP, Iomega unveil low-end storage systems

The network-attached storage devices are aimed at small and midsize businesses.

Hewlett-Packard and Iomega are offering new lower-end network storage devices aimed at small and midsize businesses.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP said this week that its StorageWorks NAS 2000s and 1200s systems will enable companies to consolidate Exchange Server 2003 data stores on Windows Storage Server 2003. The network-attached storage (NAS) devices will let a company cut back on the number of file, print and Exchange servers it manages and thus reduce costs, HP said.

The base model of the NAS 2000s has an estimated street price of $5,800, while the base-model NAS 1200s device is priced at $2,495. Both are available now.

Separately, HP has signed a partnership with CommVault Systems for data back-up and recovery and e-mail recovery.

Also this week, San Diego-based Iomega unveiled entry-level NAS servers that are intended for small businesses as well as work groups and branch offices. The NAS 200d series, which also uses Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003, has two storage capacities: a 320GB system, with a list price of $1,399, and a 480GB system, priced at $1,999.

The Iomega systems are set to ship in June in the United States, Canada and Latin America, and later in the summer for other international markets.

NAS devices are dedicated storage systems that stack and make files and data available to computer users on a network. Research firm Gartner has predicted that the global NAS market is poised for 16.7 percent compound annual growth, to reach $3 billion in revenue in 2007.

Dell, which has targeted storage as an area for growth, in March announced a lower-end NAS server for small enterprises.