By Kevin Komiega
—Network Appliance continued its push into the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market today with the introduction of StoreVault S300—a sub-$3,000 member of its StoreVault family of multi-protocol disk arrays.
NetApp officials describe the S300 as a scalable, all-in-one networked storage appliance customized for SMBs and remote or branch office installations. The system is aimed at companies that typically need 1TB to 3TB of storage capacity, have 5 to 15 servers, and are running a Windows-centric environment. A 1TB configuration is priced from $2,988.
"The S300 is a unified storage system that offers SAN and NAS storage, Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity, and the Data ONTAP operating system," says Sajai Krishnan, general manager of NetApp's StoreVault Division.
The S300 is a smaller version of NetApp's S500 and touts many of the same software features. The differences between the two lie in the hardware. The 4U S300 supports up to eight drives for a maximum capacity of 4TB with 500GB SATA drives, while the S500 currently scales to 6TB and will soon get a capacity boost via higher capacity drives.
The S300 runs the Data ONTAP StoreVault Edition operating system, and standard software features include simultaneous NAS and SAN support, online capacity expansion, up to 255 snapshots per volume, e-mail alerts, and FlexVol thin provisioning.
Users can also take advantage of the StoreVault to FAS replication option, which enables replication from StoreVault appliances to NetApp's FAS enterprise systems.
Management software includes StoreVault Manager 3.0, a Windows-based utility that includes SnapManager for Exchange StoreVault Edition to simplify the manual processes associated with the backup, recovery, and verification of Exchange databases.
The S300 also uses NetApp's StoreVault Advanced Protection Architecture for data protection. The architecture allows for snapshots, RAID-DP (RAID 6) for protection against dual concurrent drive failures, and FlexVol thin provisioning for improved capacity usage.