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Continuing to follow DSS's Snap line with great interest.

New product news today:

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/000224/quantum_1.html

My comments:

In the few months Quantum has owned the Snap NAS line, it has been expanding the line both upmarket and downmarket. Their previous introduction of a $500 10GB NAS box chopped prices at the low end. The low-end Snap 1000 box is something that I am even considering for personal use for my own home LAN for digital photography: for me, it's a competitive solution even when compared against much slower Jaz drives or CD burners.

Today at CeBIT they announced a $3000 120GB box called the Snap 4000 that opens their battle with high-end NAS vendors NTAP, Auspex, etc for the hearts and dollars of data center managers, ISPs, etc. In the press release Quantum lists some of the features they've included in the Snapp 4000 to help it compete in this market: RAID 5, a very thin rack-mounted box (2u = 3.5" thin, which is half the height of NTAP's filers), and they claim that at a list price of $3000 ($25/GB) they win in price/performance.

The product looks to me to be an attack on NTAP's F720 filers - anybody have any information on how NTAP's product shapes up with respect to price/perf, features, etc?


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