NetApp is heading downmarket with a low-cost storage appliance aimed at providing a quick and easy backup solution for branch offices.
The S300 is basically the same as the company's S500 device released last year. The 300 lacks the Fibre Channel connectivity of the 500 and tools like Snap Manager for Exchange found on the FAS line of appliances, but it does provide iSCSI networking and 1 TB of storage for about $3,000.
The S300 can also replicate data from the FAS or the S500 units, making it an ideal remote backup solution either for existing NetApp users themselves or the growing legion of third-party backup firms.
NetApp certainly has its hands full lately, branching into new markets just when a patent suit is flaring up with Sun Microsystems. The two are squabbling over details of the Sun ZFS (Zettabyte File System) and NetApp's Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL) system, with Sun now looking to shut down virtual all of NetApps FAS, NearStore and V-Series products.