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The new Snap Server 14000 2.16TB model has been priced at an industry-leading $20,995 and gives Snap Appliance "a high-availability enterprise offering for less than a penny per megabyte," according to the company.
Aberdeen Group Director of Storage Research Dan Tanner said the new Snap Server should cement Snap's status as the worldwide volume leader of network attached storage (NAS) products.
"Businesses appreciate this kind of value, and Snap's move should further strengthen the company's volume leadership position in the NAS marketplace," said Tanner. "The Snap Server 14000 has always allowed you to boost network capacity without adding management complexity. Now it lets you do it much cheaper, at a time when storage needs are growing and budgets are tightening."
The Snap Server 14000 NAS appliance is easy to use, set up and administer, the company said. Configured in a 3U (5.25-inch) rack mount, it provides high data availability via RAID 5, hot-swappable disk drives, and a dual Gigabit Ethernet network interface with failover capability. Key features include cross-platform file sharing, seamless integration with popular management tools, extensive backup software support, hardware redundancy, and advanced capabilities such as data replication and aggregation.
Snap will continue to offer the popular Snap Server 14000 1.44TB at a new price of $15,999. Both systems feature the new GuardianOS v2.2 operating system that includes an embedded version of Computer Associates' eTrust anti-virus software, as well as improved snapshot technology with chaining and rollback functionality.
Snap An "Enviable Start-up"
Snap Appliance is a standalone brand formed in October 2002 by the melding of Quantum Corp's worldwide volume-leading network attached storage (NAS) business with the unified storage technology of Broadband Storage Inc. New Snap Appliance products are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter, according to Enterprise Management Associates Senior Analyst Mike Karp. In the meantime, the company is enhancing existing products with greater storage capacities and added operating system functionality.
Karp said Snap "is well positioned for a number of reasons. It is a major provider of entry-level NAS systems, and it has a very active channel to support sales to the markets that need these devices. Combine that with the enterprise software technology and people that come from the Broadband Storage acquisition and you have the potential to provide an excellent set of competitive offerings," Karp said.
Snap has already had to revise its goals upward as it has increased sales volume and met initial targets for Q4 2002 and Q1 2003, Karp said. "Its continued support of a global market will help the company achieve its targeted financial results," he said.
"Snap Appliance is an enviable 'start-up,'" said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group. "They have actual revenues, are the market leader from a unit perspective, have an established channel, and have a solid brand. So what's not to like?"