NEC has begun refreshing its iStorage NS model line to include solutions based on Windows Storage Server 2012. The iStorage NS500Rd is the first such product.
According to the NS500Rd product page and the NS series product catalog (available here in Japanese), the 2U rack-mount system is based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, supports up to 384GB of RAM (6GB standard), and is offered in two models:
NEC positions the appliance as designed to “meet the needs of midsized enterprises” and delivers benefits that include “improved availability and efficient administration of NAS consolidation.” The company’s “Learn about the superiority of Windows Storage Server 2012” information page shows that NEC is hitting on all cylinders in promoting its many features and benefits, including:
I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with NEC since I started working on Windows Storage Server in 2006. While iStorage NS systems are specific to Japan, they’re still a great example of how Windows-based NAS appliances are continuing to gain momentum outside of North America. It’s clear to me that businesses around the globe are looking for ways to store more data with lower costs and less complexity, and that OEMs see Windows Storage Server 2012 as a way to meet those customer needs. Congratulations to the NEC team for another great release!
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Program Manager Windows Storage Server @SuperSquatchy