BVA’s new favorite SAN is the FAS3100 series which is pretty cool in terms of price points versus features offered. Its scalable, easy to deploy, and price aggressive. It has the following attributes that are in line of why we have this viewpoint:
- Low overhead Double Parity RAID-DP offers better data protection and capacity utilization than RAID 5 and RAID 1+0.
- Snapshot feature helps reduce backup time to minutes.
- SnapRestore feature recovers point-in-time data, also in minutes.
- SnapManager feature quickly returns applications to the same point in time as recovered data.
NetApp has a innovative thin provisioning that eliminates stranded storage. And you can make data-in-place upgrades to more powerful FAS systems. This could be your primary and secondary storage unit. It’s extremely easy to install, provision, manage, and upgrade so you can quickly adapt your storage infrastructure to meet changing business and technical needs. The FAS3100 SAN systems enable you to connect your heterogeneous server environment (including Windows, UNIX, and Linux servers) and clients to one storage system by using standard storage protocols and interfaces.
In terms of cost they roughly are between $35,000 to $60,000 depending on Disk Total, single or dual controller, SATA versus SAS, and NIC speed connections.