File-Area Network Vendors

Acopia Networks

Acopia's FreedomFabric network operating system software approaches file-area network deployment through virtualization and automation of routine storage management tasks.

Attune Systems

Attune's Policy IQ file manager, which runs on the company's Maestro
storage server, allows organizations to set up a tiered-storage environment using equipment from multiple vendors.

Brocade Communication Systems

Brocade offers StorageX, a suite of applications for managing data across
heterogeneous environments through the use of a global namespace.


EMC Rainfinity Global File Virtualization software virtualizes unstructured data environments and moves data including active, open files without disruption.

Network Appliance

NetApp offers FAN capabilities through Virtual File Manager, which is
a version of Brocade's StorageX configured for NetApp appliances, in both enterprise and migration editions for migrating data from non-NetApp storage devices.

Sun Microsystems

Sun's offering in the FAN arena is SAM-FS, a 64-bit storage file system that provides both disk and tape file system access.

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