Adaptec Rolls out Storage for SMB's - Snap Server 500 Series
Adaptec recently launched software and its highest-capacity
network-attached storage appliances designed for small and midsize
The company's StorAssure Personal Edition
software allows for continuous backup of desktop or laptop data to an
Adaptec Snap Server appliance. The
Server 500 Series consists of three new IDhigh (1.75-inch) NAS boxes
with a maximum capacity of 43.2 TB of Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)
drives or 26.4 TB of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives.
StorAssure wizards simplify configuration of
the software and the creation of backup jobs. Rules let users decide the types
of files to protect. The software also lets users save multiple versions of
When a user is disconnected from a network,
changes to files are constantly logged. When the user reconnects, changes are
saved to the network automatically. If a laptop is lost or if files are deleted
or corrupted, the software guides the user through the recovery process.
Backup of laptop and desktop data has not been
a priority for SMBs, analysts say. According to the Enterprise Storage Group,
SMB data is growing at 60 percent to 100 percent annually. IDC reports that more
than half of SMBs do not back up their client data.
Server 500 Series consists of the
550 appliances, each of which is configured with redundant,
hot-swappable power supplies and AMD Opteron processors for its storage
controller. The appliances connect to a network via redundant Gigabit Ethernet
adapters. All three NAS boxes support RAID Level O, Level 1, and Level 5 for
fault tolerance and are managed via Snap Server Manager software.
which uses SATA drives, has a capacity ranging from 512 MB to 4 GB. The
uses SATA and SAS drives and has a capacity ranging from 1 TB to 26 TB. The
also uses SATA and SAS drives and scales to 43.2 TB.
Adaptec bundles CA eTrust antivirus and BakBones NetVault backup
software with the
Snap Servers. NetVault contains virtual
tape-library capability allowing customers to deploy disk-to-disk or
StorAssure costs $36 per Windows client. It
works with versions of Windows ranging from ME though XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows 2003.The Snap Server
510 starts at $3,600; the
starts at $4,600; and the
550 starts at $10,000.