Storage company Snap Appliances, a spin-off from Quantum, has announced plans to transform its network attached storage (NAS) servers into specialised Java appliances, writes Daniel Thomas.
The company will work with Java software supplier Insignia Solutions to port Insignia's Jeode virtual machine to Snap's 4100 server. It will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2001.
The Jeode platform uses Java technology to enable Snap to offer enhanced customisation capabilities. Specifically, Insignia's virtual machine technology will allow software developers to customise Snap-powered servers into specialised application appliances, such as database servers, communication servers or vertical market application servers.
Until now, Snap has marketed its products as replacements for Windows NT file servers but, since the company was spun off, it has sought other ways to differentiate itself from its competitors.
"Enabling Java developers to manipulate the features of the Snap Server 4100 will yield applications that we believe have not been equated with the NAS industry," said Anders Axelsson, president and chief executive of Snap Appliances.
Snap is working with two additional partners, PointBase and Keystone Learning Systems to add functionality. Point Base, a data management supplier, will provide its Java-based database. Keystone will produce a self-paced teaching course on using Java software on the Snap server.