My last pick from SNW Fall is OnTarget 3.0, an iSCSI target application from Adaptec that promises to make IP storage networks easily available to SMB customers. However, an end-user will probably never hear about OnTarget, because Adaptec is counting on VARs and systems integrators to install the solution on plain vanilla servers according to customers' specifications.
Sounds like something we've heard before from other vendors, but Adaptec has armed OnTarget with some interesting features, including a management application that consolidates storage provisioning from internal drives and the network under a single GUI.
Moreover, OnTarget can schedule up to 256 snapshots and build a twin system with automated data mirroring and failover. The actual price of those systems will be set by the VAR, but Adaptec estimates that the OnTarget onus will be moderate, as little as $1,500 for an entry-level configuration.
Could OnTarget persuade the reluctant DAS (direct attached storage) crowd to opt for the convenience of a storage network? I hope so. Perhaps this will be the next quiet revolution coming from SNW Fall 2006.
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