Snap Appliances will ship a new networked storage appliance Monday that is designed to handle file serving and backup tasks.
Snap -- a subsidiary of Quantum -- makes a variety of products for NAS (Network Attached Storage) environments. By connecting storage devices to the network instead of to a server, a greater number of users can access data. Companies such as Yahoo use networked storage almost exclusively, allowing a few administrators to manage the company's entire data infrastructure.
Snap will start selling the Snap Server 2200 aimed at giving smaller businesses a relatively low cost way to handle basic storage tasks. The hardware is a two-drive desktop appliance with 160G bytes of storage and is priced starting at $US1,499, the company said in a statement.
The Snap Server 2000 weighs less than 7 pounds and comes with a Kensington Security Slot that allows users to secure the unit to a desk. The product can share files across Windows, NetWare, Unix, Linux and Macintosh operating environments. Snap has also bundled its DataKeeper Snap Edition software, which allows Windows-based clients to automatically back up desktop files to a Snap appliance, the company said in a statement.