NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE
By a wide margin, our readers chose Quantum Corporation's Snap Server as the best network attached storage product. Since its introduction in 1998, the Snap Server family has steadily gained recognition from industry analysts and customers alike. Snap Servers are available in a range of storage capacities, from 40GB to 960GB, and with one to 12 drives. The latest models offer a choice of form factors, from a lightweight, portable design to a rack-mountable enclosure.
With Quantum's Snap Server, you can easily add additional storage to a network. Snap Servers require minimal involvement from system administrators; they interoperate with major operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh, NetWare, UNIX, and Linux; and they install in five to fifteen minutes without network downtime.
Priced from $549 for a 40GB portable unit to $14,999 for a 960GB rack-mountable unit, Snap Servers add gigabytes of storage for a fraction of the cost of installing a traditional NT server. With more than 100,000 Snap Servers in use today, Quantum is a leader in workgroup-class network attached storage appliances.
San Jose, CA
Price: $549 to $14,999
STORAGE AREA NETWORK PRODUCTS
Gartner has recognized VERITAS Software two years running as a leader in SAN management and our readers concur, choosing SANPoint Control as the best among SAN products.
SANPoint Control provides comprehensive storage resource management and end-to-end data path management from application to array for enterprise storage networks. With SANPoint Control, administrators have a single, centralized, consistent storage management interface to simplify the complex tasks involved in deploying, managing, and growing a multi-vendor networked storage environment.
SANPoint Control is an easy-to-use, enterprise-level management tool for automatically locating, viewing, and administering SAN-connected devices from a central console. Because SANPoint Control supports industry standards and hardware components from leading vendors, it works with a wide range of SAN configurations. SANPoint Control simplifies and optimizes SAN management by consolidating all management tasks into a single product with a single view.
Mountain View, CA
Price: Starts at $20,000
STORAGE MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Storage management is a growing need among Windows-based enterprise networks and our readers selected DataCore Software's SANsymphony as the leader of the pack. SANsymphony software is an enterprise-class open storage networking platform that maximizes the value from IT assets and boosts business productivity. Users benefit from consolidated management, storage resource sharing, and security, issues that Windows consolidation efforts often encounter.
SANsymphony doubles effective disk utilization by pooling disk space from multiple vendors and automatically allocating just enough capacity, just-in-time. Automating and consolidating storage control increases administrator productivity. SANsymphony further enhances productivity by eliminating storage-related downtime through non-disruptive provisioning and affordable business continuance options.
Management features include Network Managed Volumes, flexible Storage Domains, drag-and-drop administration, synchronous and asynchronous remote replication over a broad choice of connections, point-in-time snapshots, and network-wide performance acceleration. These capabilities eliminate wasted time, money, and effort to ensure that storage and personnel are most effectively deployed.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Price: Core storage management services start at under $20,000 and vary with site-specific requirements.