SOMETIMES IT PAYS to wait. For National Westminster Bancorp, Jersey City, N.J., patience was the preferred course in 1990, when the company was considering upgrading its mainframe data storage systems.

According to Harry DeHaven, a senior vice president, the bank's existing mix of direct access storage devices from International Business Machines Corp. and Hitachi Data Systems Corp. was rapidly reaching capacity. The devices also were cramping Natwest's data center in Melville, N.Y.

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