When IT Business Edge blogger Art Cole wrote about vendors' increasing attention to the SMB storage market back in January, he spotlighted IBM's DS3000 Series and noted that "about all that's missing from IBM's SMB storage lineup is a solid iSCSI system."
Big Blue appears to have addressed that need with its new System Storage DS3300, an SCSI storage controller with integrated management software.
As SC Magazine reports, the product supports SAS hard disk drives and provides shared storage for up to 14.4 terabytes of data. An IBM EVP says it was designed for "SMBs who are transitioning from internal to external storage and have limited IT resources and expertise to dedicate to such a task."
Among IBM's competitors in the SMB storage market: HP, with its All-in-One 1200, and Dell, which PC World reports will introduce its first networked serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drive array this month. According to PC World, the new product will be based on Dell's existing PowerVault MD3000 product, with the addition of iSCSI connectivity.