Recognizing the importance of serving the growing legion of small and medium-sized business customers, Dell
on Monday unveiled a network-attached storage (NAS)
Dell rivals IBM
, Hitachi Data Systems
, and Network Appliance
have all released NAS or storage area network (SAN)
Dell’s late entrance reflects its strategy of waiting until the market has been saturated by competitors before it sells lower cost products to tempt customers that may be waiting for the best price to come along. While the Round Rock, Texas-based company often rolls out storage products with partner EMC
, a spokesperson for the vendor said the 745N is purely a Dell product, joining the preexisting NAS models 725N, 770N, and 775N.
The PowerVault 745N offers up to four terabytes of external SCSI-attached
A 1U rack product, the 745N features software options in which customers can take “snapshot” copies of their data, allowing them to revert back to previous versions of data to fend off file deletion or system failures. Dell also throws in status reporting tools for management through a single console.
Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage, says another ease-of-use selling point is that the 745N takes as little as 15 minutes to deploy, an inviting proposition for small companies or departments with few IT personnel.
As a byproduct of its deep partnership with Microsoft
, the server runs Windows Storage Server 2003 on Intel Celeron or Pentium 4 processors with speeds up to 3.2 gigahertz, and offers capacity ranging from 160GB to 4TB. It supports Windows, Linux, NetWare, UNIX, and Macintosh operating systems.
The PowerVault 745N, available now at a base price of $1,799, also supports Dell PowerVault tape backup devices and data protection software from VERITAS Software and Yosemite Technologies.
Story courtesy of internetnews.com.
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