High performance NAS comparable to 8Gbps SAN ?

I've heard of 40Gbps NAS (by Cisco) :

a) is supporting/managing/provisioning new storage easier than conventional SAN ?

b) how does in perform in terms of IOPS compared to say an 8Gbps SAN (VMAX)?

c) on the servers end, do we need to install 10Gbps NIC or what types of
    NIC is needed

d) under what situations is such a NAS preferred over SAN ?

e) if we are doing VTL backup, does such a NAS support it?

f) does such a NAS support SSD, Fiber & SATA disks with auto-tiering?
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andyalderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Cisco NAS? Would that be NSS300 range they "make" under OEM agreement with QNAP? Can't confirm the IOPS until we know whay product it is ut it's unlikely to get anywhere near 40Gbps unless it's full of SSDs.
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think SATA tops out at 6 Gbps and you need to use PCI-e drivers (and controllers) to go beyond that. This is new technology but is perhaps what you are hearing.
Gerald ConnollyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you starting in the right place?

What performance do you need (both Bandwidth (IOPS) and throughput (MB/s)), and what kind of applications do you want to run. what are your Business Continuity requirements especially RPO/RTO

It may be that a SAN or a NAS or DAS would be suitable depending on your requirements and your budget.
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