If you manage a small to medium-sized IT shop, the last thing you want to worry about is whether to buy NAS or SAN storage. And in short order, you won't have to, says Eric Kelly, president and CEO of Snap Appliance.
In the second half of this year, Snap plans to roll out a new storage line aimed at small to medium-sized businesses that handle both block and file, much like Network Appliance's hybrid FAS900 series, but without the hefty "enterprise" price tag. Today, Snap sells a 1.4TB NAS system for about $25,000, or about $18/GB.
Other features of the as-of-yet unnamed storage platform include instant online capacity expansion, whereby an administrator can add a disk drive that becomes immediately available, without having to reboot the system. Furthermore, Kelly says, disk drives will be able to have different capacities and speeds, and be assigned to different classes of applications, thanks to a policy-based management component.
Snap acquired these capabilities with its purchase of Broadband Storage, a startup that had been working on a distributed file system and LUN virtualization software.