A mid-range San appliance designed for SMEs can cost as much as £50,000. DataCore is selling its San software for about £670.
Mike Karp, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, said the partitioning solution offered by DataCore on standard PCs would save SMEs money by giving them an alternative to more expensive, dedicated storage array systems set up to only store single types of data.
The DataCore Sanmelody software will run on PCs with a minimum of 512Mbytes of Ram and a 300MHz processor.
The software allows companies to either partition sections of the hard disc to store specific elements of corporate data, such as e-mail and web content, or turn a PC into a dedicated storage server for one area of data.
Sanmelody requires Windows 2000, 2003 or XP. The software can be downloaded from the DataCore website.