Snap Appliance is using low-cost internet small computer system interface (iSCSI), Linux and serial Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) disks in its plan to push further into enterprise storage.
The network-attached storage (Nas) firm has released its Linux-based GuardianOS 3.0 operating system to run across its entire range, supporting iSCSI and distributed data management.
Snap has also announced the serial ATA disk-based Snap Server 15000, which supports up to 29TB storage and links with BakBone and Symantec.
Storage area networks (Sans) can now be deployed in workgroups and small and medium businesses (SMBs) using iSCSI and ATA disks, said Claude Steinmayer, Snap Appliance's director of solutions marketing.
"[Snap] is moving upmarket and the market is also coming down to us. SMBs need the same technologies as large enterprises but have less resources, so will say: 'We'd love a cost-effective San with iSCSI'," he said.
BakBone's NetVault Linux-based backup and recovery software integrates with GuardianOS with no charge for the first five connected clients.
Symantec's V2i software includes data protection for Windows servers and an entire system image backup.
The modular Snap Server 15000 Nas follows fast on the heels of EMC in offering disk-based tape library emulation as an option. But its starting price (around £20,000) for a 4U-high Nas head with 5TB is a fraction of that for EMC's high-end product. Additional 3U units add 4TB each.
Rick Terry, managing director of Snap reseller Kingswell, which also supplies EMC and BakBone, told vnunet.com: "For now this looks ideal positioning for SMBs up to 400 people and workgroups. Traditionally [EMC's] ticket prices have been just too high for this group."
But he expected EMC to release some low-end products soon to "mix up the market". Kingswell already recommends Snap with BakBone as a departmental package, he said.
GuardianOS's Instant Capacity Expansion technology senses any new Snap device and dynamically reallocates data across the new drives as needed. Users can manage all Snap servers across their network from a single console.
Privately held Snap was spun off from Quantum 18 months ago. According to IDC, it shipped 142,000 systems last year, representing 83 per cent of Nas units shipped.
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