IBM has launched the first in a range of new storage products aimed at the SME market, following its link-up with Network Appliance.
The two firms joined forces in April in a bid to challenge EMC’s place in the storage market, signing an OEM agreement to allow IBM to sell IBM-branded products based on Network Appliance's network attached storage and iSCSI/IP storage area network products.
The first result of the alliance is the IBM TotalStorage N3700, an entry-level product designed to offer a cheap but robust network attached storage solution for SMEs with fewer than 1,000 employees or in larger businesses that need remote office and branch office storage.
The device also incorporates iSCSI technology and can be scaled up to 16 terabytes. Features include support for disaster recovery, which allows users to mirror data both within the appliance and on a remote device.
Last week, Network Appliance and IBM announced that they planned to work more closely in the virtualisation and blade server market, combining IBM's storage virtualisation technologies and NetApp’s V-Series and FAS storage systems.