Adaptec rounds out NAS line

By Ann Silverthorn

—Adaptec will introduce three new NAS systems this week, the Snap Server 110, 210 and 410, which will replace the current Snap Server 1100. The new products enable unified file and block (via iSCSI) services. They also leverage Adaptec's GuardianOS operating system, which now runs across the entire line of Snap Servers.

Designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), capacity ranges from 160GB to 2TB in desktop or rackmount formats. The NAS appliances support CIFS, NFS, and AFP.

"There's a gap in the market," says Ken Claffey, an Adaptec product manager. "There are inexpensive 'dumb' disk drives and expensive high-end systems. The new additions to the Snap line fill that gap."

Claffey says that in addition to SMBs, 55% of Fortune 500 companies use Snap Servers, but they're usually deployed in remote offices rather than the data center. The Guardian OS enables those companies to eliminate NAS islands by organizing data management, and facilitates replication and distribution of data between offices.

Optional software enables companies to migrate, manage, and protect their data. Examples include CA's eTrust antivirus software and BakBone's NetVault backup software for disk-to-disk (D2D) or disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) archiving. StorAssure continuous data protection (CDP) software and Snap Enterprise Data Replicator (EDR) are also available for data protection and disaster recovery.

The single-drive Snap Server 110 is available in 160GB, 250GB, or 500GB capacities at $549, 649, and $949, respectively. The dual-drive 210 is available in 500GB ($1,149) or 1TB ($1,899) Serial ATA (SATA) configurations. The four-drive Snap Server 410 is available in 640GB, 1TB, or 2TB configurations and starts at $1,995, $2,495, and $3,495. All the new servers are available now with the exception of the 1TB and 2TB Snap Server 410, which is expected to ship at the end of the year.

This article was originally published on October 02, 2006