Quantum improves Snap storage servers

Storage hardware maker Quantum will announce a new file storage system Oct. 15 falling into the midrange of the company's Snap line, but much of the company's attention is focused on two other new product directions.

The new Snap Server 2200 will sell for $1,499 and has 160GB of capacity, said product manager Jim Sherhart. The system is an example of the network-attached storage (NAS) category, storage systems that plug into networks for sharing or backing up files.

The company, though, is focused more on two other initiatives, said Vicki Vollmar, director of product marketing. First is the $15,000 Snap Server 12000, which extends the Quantum product line to a higher-end set of customers.

The 12000, with about 750GB of capacity and the ability to transfer files over 1-gigabit-per-second networks, is the highest-end system from Quantum to date. Administrators can swap out hard drives, power supplies and fans without having to shut down the system.

Like many storage companies, Quantum now is focusing on software. The now-discontinued NAS systems from Connex (a former WD subsidiary which it purchased for $11m cash in August) used the Linux operating system, and Quantum will use this operating system for its future higher-end systems, Vollmar said.

News source: CNet News

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