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zNAS can be used to upgrade all Storage Center storage appliances installed since about 2006. Because of Compellent's perpetual licensing model, customers do not need to purchase or upgrade any software licenses to add zNAS, Fine said.
zNAS is expected to ship in late June, Fine said. Later this year, it will be updated with data deduplication capabilities with help from Nexenta.
zNAS can be appealing to customers who are looking for ways to bring their NAS and SAN storage into a unified system, said Patrick Mulvee, vice president of sales and marketing at Sidepath, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Compellent partner.
Sidepath will be taking zNAS to its 50-plus Compellent customers who until now have had to rely on other vendors such as NetApp for NAS storage, Mulvee said.
"Before they heard of Compellent, they always had NAS," he said. "Now they can do it all with Compellent, and can save money with Compellent's perpetual licensing agreements."
Mulvee explained that a typical customer who has had a NetApp NAS appliance for three years may be looking to purchase a new model, which also requires a whole new set of software licenses.
"Instead, with Compellent, they can just add two zNAS controllers to their system, and leverage their existing disk storage," he said.