Snap Appliances Inc. has announced that it has entered the Japanese market for the first time, with the introduction of its Snap Server 4100. The 4100 is a rack-mounted Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution developed for corporate environments. It’s compatible with leading operating systems, including the Mac.
The Snap Server 4100 comes in 160GB and 300GB capacities and is built in a 1U-high rack-mountable configuration. The system can be configured to support RAID levels 5, 1 and 0. It supports Mac OS, Windows, NetWare, and UNIX/Linux systems, and is configurable using a Web browser interface that enables admins to manage the server from anywhere on the network, or remotely via the Internet. Snap Appliances says the Snap Server can typically be deployed in five minutes or less with no disruption to the network.
Snap Servers are part of a growing group of peripherals called Network Attached Storage (or NAS) systems. They provide networkable data storage in a completely self-contained system, rather than depending on bulky external computer systems like conventional file servers. Snap Servers run on a version of UNIX that has been optimized for security, stability, and reliability.
The Snap Server 4100 is available to Japanese end users and resellers through distributors including Softbank Commerce Corp., Technography Inc., Nissho Electronics Corp., and NetWorld Inc. Pricing for the Japanese market was not immediately available, but the 4100 160GB configuration carries a suggested retail price of US$2,699 (about ¥327,470 at today’s exchange rate).