Once again, a network appliance inc. product steals the judges' hearts with its ease of use, ease of integration and functionality. An entry-level version of the FAS900 series that was introduced in 2002, the FAS200 has a split personality: It can serve up data as either files or blocks, eliminating the "NAS vs. SAN?" question. As such, "it does establish a new price point for major feature/function," said one judge.
The FAS200 family consists of two models: the FAS250, a 3U rackmount unit that supports NFS, CIFS, HTPP and iSCSI protocols, and scales to 1TB of capacity with FC drives. The FAS270 adds native FC connectivity, offers optional active-active clustering and scales to 4TB across 42 spindles. And as with all NetApp products, the FAS200 line runs the company's Data ONTAP operating system and interoperates with the company's entire suite of add-on software.