StorServer is Thinking Out of the (pizza) Box
eLABorations: Entry-level S10000 backup device is a snap to set up, stores vast amounts of dataStorServer Inc.s latest entry-level backup appliance, the S10000, is an all-in-one system that makes backing up, archiving and restoring company data easy and affordable. Our tests showed the S10000 all-in-one backup appliance definitely makes rolling out a backup system easy, especially for smaller sites with limited IT staff. Instead of configuring a server with backup software and finding the right tape library for it, IT managers can save time with an appliance that is easy to setup and manage. The S10000 package, which shipped last month, consists of an IBM Netfinity xSeries server and a StorServer AIT tape library. It starts at $19,900 and can store as much as 80GB of data. Although its called an appliance, the S10000 certainly doesnt have the typical black pizza box look of other devices. In fact, the S10000 looks just like any other server attached to a type library--what makes it different is that everything is pre-installed so the system can up and running backup jobs quickly, like an appliance.
The S10000 is designed for smaller sites, but it can also scale (via AIT2 and AIT3 tapes) to expand its capacity to more than 2TB (terabytes). For enterprise sites, higher-end StorServer appliances offer backup capacities that range to more than 42TB.