Adaptec has launched new entry-level storage hardware that unifies the operating system (OS) used across all of its Snap Server products. The newly released Snap Server 110, 210 and 410 storage devices run the Linux-based Guardian OS and replace the more basic Snap OS which ran the now retired 1100, 2200 and 4100 models.
The OS is already a mainstay on older and more advanced Snap Server products such as the 500, 510 and 520.
Adaptec country manager, Demetri Christodoulou, said the Guardian OS was faster than a Windows-based OS, as used by rival storage systems. With Adaptec selling its devices via the concept of linking them as storage is required, Christodoulou said it was preferable, although not essential, for those devices to be running the same OS.
"We've always been focused on the SMB market. Our solutions have never been just cut-down enterprise hardware," he said. "But now with the Guardian OS running from the top to the bottom of the Snap range, we have a fast platform for device management in that market."
Despite the injection of new product and the interest it would create among existing resellers, Christodoulou said he had no immediate goals for increasing the number of resellers across the country.
He suggested existing resellers look to create bundles for customers. "Resellers are going to be interested in these new products because they will be able to wrap services around them," Christodoulou said. "They can even buy different levels of service as a SKU from our distributors, so they don't need the technical knowledge to sell service into their customers."
Adaptec offers service at bronze, silver and gold levels, ranging from 24x7 phone support to a four-hour on-site response, all coordinated through Adaptec.
Its Snap Server line is distributed via Lan 1, ACA Pacific and Ingram Micro.