There seems to be no stopping the appliance juggernaut. Outside of the storage world, appliances are finding an abundance of applications. They take care of encryption, anti-virus, anti-spyware, spam filtering, content filtering and a host of other functions.
Storage-specific appliances are also appearing on the market in record numbers. They, too, address a wide range of functions — backup, continuous data protection (CDP), NAS and disaster recovery (DR), to name a few.
"Appliances that integrate many functions are growing well, but many of the single-function appliance markets are smaller and therefore exhibit even faster growth rates," said Jeff Wilson, a network security analyst for Infonetics Research.
One example is the Assureon NX Easy Archive Appliance by Nexsan Technologies. It provides content addressable storage (CAS) for small and mid-size businesses (SMB). CAS is of particular value for simplified management, protection and storage of a constantly growing amount of data.
This disk-based CAS appliance is designed for e-mail archiving, medical imaging and records management, document management and e-discovery. It helps IT to manage files throughout their lifecycle, and can be used to copy data across the WAN for disaster recovery purposes.
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By: Drew Robb