Storage systems maker Network Appliance has claimed an industry first with its NearStore product, a centralised rapid recovery and backup device.
The company also unveiled upgrades for its low-end storage systems, and a service solution that it says can guarantee 99.9 per cent uptime.
Network Appliance said its NearStore enterprise platform comes in at roughly $0.02 per megabyte. The all disk-based product starts at 12Tb and scales up to nearly 100Tb.
Ray Villeneuve, vice president of strategic marketing at Network Appliance, said that the large capacity would help storage administrators consolidate the management of multiple recovery and backup onto fewer systems, as well as reduce administration time.
NearStore systems, which are now in beta, are expected to begin shipping in the first half of next year.
Villeneuve added that the company has also expanded its storage product line with two upgrades, the F87 and F810 filers.
The F87 workgroup filer, which replaces the low-end F85, comes equipped with up to eight high-performance 10,000rpm SCSI drives, 36Gb and 72Gb disk drive capacities for up to 576Gb of raw storage, a 1.13GHz processor and flash memory.
It has been designed for remote or branch offices and offers enterprise management for software development, data consolidation and collaborative workgroup applications such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange.
The F810 entry-level filer provides storage capacities of 1.5Tb for a single head and 3Tb in a clustered configuration. The device includes 512Mb system memory, 128Mb Non-Volatile Ram and an external tape backup connection.
Applications for the F810 include database, enterprise resource planning, mail systems and other applications that require large amounts of information to be used with single or multiple applications.
In addition, Network Appliance unveiled NetApp Availability Assurance, a service level agreement which claims to guarantee 99.9 per cent data availability.
"The new service is aimed at providing the industry's highest levels of data availability to keep customers' businesses up and running," said Villeneuve.
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