Snap Appliances today introduced the Snap Server 2200, a two-drive desktop file server system. The new Snap Server 2200 features 160GB of RAID storage capacity for US$1,499.
The Snap Server 2200 is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) system. This means that it doesn’t require any external hardware like a dedicated Mac or PC to serve files to the network — it’s a standalone device that uses a special version of UNIX to serve up files with support for multiple platforms, including Windows, NetWare, UNIX, Linux and Mac OS. Snap Appliances claims that the drive can be set up and configured on the network in about five minutes. Because it’s a dual-drive system, the Snap Server 2200 can be set up in RAID configurations — both RAID 1 (mirroring) and RAID 0 (striping) are supported.
Snap Appliances noted that the Snap Server 2200 has available as an option new Server-to-Server Synchronization SnapExtension software. The Java-based software enables Snap Servers to copy data from a primary server to a backup server elsewhere on the network. In this way, administrators can configure backups between servers for maximum security in the event of a catastrophic failure of one or more servers.
The new Snap Server 2200 is available immediately. It’s sold through VARs and leading catalog resellers, or online at the Snap Web site.