Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has announced the availability of Adaptec's latest offering in their range of Snap Server storage appliances: the Snap Server 700i series which deliver 1 to 36TBs of easily expanded capacity using any combination of SAS and SATA drives.

The 700i series sets new benchmarks for performance, price/performance, and scalability for medium-sized businesses looking to deploy an IP Storage Area Network (IP SAN) for their Linux, VMware, or Windows servers. Synchronous mirroring between two Snap Server 700i series appliances with multi-pathing support for Windows servers provides maximum uptime for mission-critical applications such as Exchange, or SQL Server.
The Snap Server 700i series is comprised of three 1U 19" rack-mount models, and leverages advanced Adaptec RAID technology for maximum performance and data protection. The Snap Server 720i provides 1TB or 2TBs using SATA drives. The Snap Server 730i provides 3TBs using SATA drives.
The Snap Server 750i provides 1.2TB using 15K RPM SAS drives. Capacity can be added to any model by using 2U Adaptec SANbloc S50 expansion chassis, each of which houses any combination of up to 12 hot-swappable SATA or SAS drives.
Says Dineo Mosupye, Adaptec product specialist at DCC: "The Snap Server 700i series of iSCSI storage arrays from Adaptec provide an outstanding choice for Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server hosting.  This presents our resellers with an excellent opportunity for their customers.  In addition, the Snap Server 730i has been tested by international partners and the results confirmed that the product provides excellent availability with synchronous mirroring and application consistent snapshots."  For stand-alone or clustered Windows servers running mission-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, or Oracle database, two
Snap Server 700i series appliances can be configured in a synchronous mirror and connected to the application servers through an IP SAN with redundant Ethernet cables and switches to ensure maximum uptime.
Backups are accelerated when Microsoft VSS hardware snapshots stored in the 700i series are made available to a backup server on the IP SAN for fast backups  without involving the application servers.
Raul Del Fabbro, storage division manager at DCC, adds: "The advantages are compelling for IT professionals to move their storage from being isolated inside individual servers to residing in the Snap Server 700i series appliances.  Server performance increases because I/O operations are spread across several disks. Reliability is enhanced through the use of RAID disk technology and redundant components such as power supplies and fans. And storage can be flexibly allocated to servers on the IP SAN without having to take the servers down."