SanMelody for cheap SANs
DataCore Software Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has released a version of SanMelody for iSCSI drives. The company is pitching the software for small offices that can't afford a full-fledged storage area network. The idea is simple: Scrounge an extra server, fill the bays with cheap disk drives (up to 4TB worth), install SanMelody 2.0 ($999), and presto, you have a low-cost SAN. With traditional 4TB SANs listing for around $25,000, this approach could be a real money-saver for the right users. 'Everything you can do with Fibre Channel, we can do under iSCSI,' said George Teixeira, president and CEO of DataCore.
Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.