agami targets SMBs

By Kevin Komiega

—agami Systems is taking its unified NAS and IP SAN technology downstream with a new storage system designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), claiming enterprise-class features and performance at an entry-level price.

Introduced this week, the agami Information Server 1006 (AIS1006) features free replication, throughput levels of 300MBps, and 6TB of capacity at a price of approximately $17,970. Other features include multi-protocol support for iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, NDMP, and SNMP; RAID 5 with parallel rebuild; environmental monitoring with call-home features; and snapshots. The iSCSI implementation of the AIS1006 is compatible with VMware, Microsoft Exchange, and SQL Server.

"Smaller companies are typically asked to give up some aspect of performance and functionality, but we're embedding features such as replication for free and building on industry standard components to deliver a new level of price for a full-featured storage system," claims Paul Speciale, agami's vice president of product marketing.

All of agami's arrays run on the agamiOS software, which supports a range of clients and features such as NDMP, iSCSI, snapshots, usage quotas, and an integrated file system replication technology called agamiFSR. agamiOS also supports a 64-bit virtual file system (agamiFS) that enables the creation, export, and deletion of file systems. The maximum file system size and number of files are limited only by the server's total available capacity.

agamiFSR replicates file systems between a primary and secondary AIS server, either synchronously or asynchronously, over a LAN or WAN. It can be used to replicate data, consolidate data from several remote locations in real time, or to establish multiple remote locations for disaster recovery. Speciale says with replication being offered free of charge, SMBs can implement the same kinds of disaster-recovery and business continuity solutions deployed by large enterprises.

The agami hardware architecture is built on 64-bit symmetric multi-processor (SMP) technology, SATA disk drives, and HyperTransport I/O technology.

With its entry into the SMB market, agami is taking a new tack toward distribution.

"Historically, we've gone to market through our reseller partners and our own sales force, but the AIS1006 is currently only available through the agami Website," says Speciale. "We've found that a lot of SMBs would rather buy online."

This article was originally published on August 08, 2007