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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Low-End NAS is a Backup Mainstay

Everyone knows that storage area networks (SANs) are for block-based database storage, and network-attached storage (NAS) is for files. And now, increasingly, NAS is for backup, too. At least that's what two leaders in the low-end of the market are finding. According to a March 2003 customer survey by Snap Appliance, San Jose, CA, which makes entry-level and midrange NAS products, 35% of its customers responded that they were using their NAS devices as backup targets. In another customer survey, Snap competitor, Iomega, based in San Diego, CA, found that 31% of its customers were doing the same thing. @exb Overheard "Most people aren't ready for automation. They say 'The only thing automation will do for me is help me make bad decisions faster.'" --Tom Rose, vice president of marketing, AppIQ Inc. @exe That came as somewhat of a surprise to Joe Disher, Snap Appliance director of technical marketing. "Remember, this was before disk-to-disk really became a buzzword. At the time, I'd have guessed that maybe 15% were using NAS for ...

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