SMB storage first from Net App

Enterprise storage provider says scalable solution is perfect for SMBs

Enterprise storage provider says scalable solution is perfect for SMBs

Enterprise storage provider Network Appliance (Net App) has launched a network storage solution, StoreVault S500, which it claims is the industry’s first scalable all-in-one network storage appliance for the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) market.
StoreVault, a NetApp division, says it will provide SMBs with enterprise-proven storage technology from its parent that has the scalability, simplicity, security and affordability that it believes is missing in today’s network storage solutions for SMBs. StoreVault S500 supports NAS, iSCSI SAN and Fibre Channel (FC) SAN.

As part of the announcement, and to deliver a complete solution to SMBs, StoreVault is teaming up with Microsoft, QLogic and Silverback Systems.  StoreVault S500 is listed in the Windows Server Catalogue and is supported by Microsoft as a storage array.

StoreVault and QLogic are partnering to enable StoreVault customers to start with NAS or iSCSI SAN and scale to Fibre Channel as their needs evolve, without buying a separate network storage system.
Finally, as an option for SMBs who require increased performance on the host server, StoreVault is offering the Silverback Systems iSNAP2110 iSCSI HBA, an initiator card based on Silverback’s patented iSNAP acceleration technology that offloads servers from handling iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols.

StoreVault is aimed at the IT generalist within SMBs, which typically need a half terabyte to three terabytes of data storage. Unlike competitive SMB storage products, argues the supplier, StoreVault delivers scalability, simplicity of storage management and backup processes, and security for reliable data protection, all at a price point that fits SMB budgets.

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