March 13, 2001, 5:13 PM — Dell Computer Corp. and Network Appliances Inc. both released new network-attached storage (NAS) devices this week aimed at the low- and midrange market.
For Dell, formerly a NetApp NAS appliance reseller, the step is its first foray into the midrange space, a booming market into which more vendors are expected to plunge over the next year, analysts say.
NetApp, meanwhile, said it has opened a lab with SAP PartnerPort in Walldorf, Germany, as part of a technology partnership with SAP AG to run the software vendor's customer relationship management and enterprise resource program applications on its hardware.
"NAS technology is a powerful solution in the storage farms, which are vital for mySAP.com IT landscapes," Wolfgang Becker, vice president of SAP Advanced Technology Group, said in a statement.
On Monday, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell introduced its first midrange file server, the PowerVault 735N. Dell said the appliance can be installed in about 15 minutes and managed remotely. The 735N, which runs off a Window's platform, comes with software for snapshot backup and mirroring and can scale up to 1.44 terabytes (TB) of storage. Prices start at $9,999 for a single-processor model or $11,999 for a dual processor.
Dell's newest low-end device, the PowerVault 701N, is a desk-side filer for small businesses that can store 60GB of data and is priced at $1,399.
NAS market leader NetApp, in Sunnyvale, Calif., also released low- and midrange storage systems: the F85 and F820, as well as a midrange caching system, the C3100. The company also announced a clustered file server, the F820c.
The F820 file server is the low-end machine that replaces the F760, said Chris Bennett, director of hardware products at NetApp. The F820 can hold 3TB of data and has a base price of $70,000. Bennett said the machine provides 50% better performance at a price point comparable to the F760. The F820c file server can be clustered to scale up to 6TB of storage and has a base price of $195,000.
NetApp also introduced a new low-end tape backup product. The F85 was designed for corporate satellite offices. The drive holds up to 648GB of data and has a base price of $13,900. "The reason this is significant is it enables an enterprise to put a filing device in a regional office and manage it completely from the data center," Bennett said.
NetApp said file servers also come with snapshot backup and mirroring capability.
Along with its other suite of products, NetApp this week introduced the C3100, a caching server that replaces the C760 and holds up to 486GB. It sells for about $40,000.