Creative studios have a very individual set of network storage needs, but new solutions from Dell and Quantum should provide you with what you need. Although studios usually have a small number of users and limited or no in-house technical support, they need access to high storage levels and access speeds.
Dell has introduced its PowerVault 705N NAS Appliance storage system. With its introduction, the computer maker now offers a way to install an NAS (network-attached storage) device for workgroups of fewer than 50 users in fewer than 15 minutes, according to Bruce Kornfeld, the director of marketing for Dell's PowerVault product line.
The PowerVault 705N NAS system plugs into any network and provides a total of 120GB of local storage. Later this year it will be offered with an increase to 240GB. Without any configuring by the end user, the Dell PowerVault 705N attaches to platforms running Windows NT, Novell NetWare, Unix, Linux, or Mac operating systems, Kornfeld said.
In similar NAS news, Quantum, which supplies Dell with the base technology for its NAS appliance, has introduced its own NAS product, the Quantum Snap Server 4100 file server.
Although more expensive than the Dell product at just under $5,000, the Quantum Snap Server shares the flexibility of the PowerVault 705N NAS system, but is targeted at larger workgroups with as many as 150 users, according to Jeff Hill, the senior director of product marketing at Quantum Snap Servers.
"We are a point solution," Hill said of the new Quantum NAS appliance. "[The system can be] up and running in less than five minutes."
Steve DuPlessie, a senior analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group, agrees that a properly designed NAS solution is about as intuitive a device to operate as they come. "The reason NAS is getting the credit it deserves is it's really easy to use. It's not complicated, it's simple," said DuPlessie.