Snap Appliances has launched a donation program for non-profit organizations “struggling to meet increasing storage demands on limited budgets.” The charitable program will focus on increasing access to storage technology for non-profit organizations worldwide in the areas of technology education, human services, civic development, arts and environment, according to CEO and chairman Jim Schraith.
“The goal of the donation program is to introduce the benefits of the Snap Server product offering to organizations that typically cannot afford storage solutions,” he said in a statement.
Last month Snap beefed up its line of NAS products while holding the line on prices. The Snap Server 1000 is now available in either 20GB or 40GB configurations, with suggested retail prices of US$499 and $799. The 2000 model now supports 80GB of storage capacity with either RAID 1 or 0 support, for $1,399. The rack-mountable 4100 model, which takes up 1U of rack space with support for RAID 5, 1 and 0, has been increased to 160GB for $2,999 or 300GB for $4,499.
The Snap Server itself is an entirely self-contained networkable file server storage device. It’s built on a UNIX foundation, and utilizes an embedded OS. Designed as an alternative to a traditional file server, which is bulkier and typically far more expensive. The Snap Servers are designed to be unpacked and hooked up to the network in minutes, using Web-based administration software. The Snap Servers support various networking protocols for different operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows, NetWare and UNIX/Linux.