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Promise Boosts SMB Storage Device Line

Promise Technology on Thursday unveiled a new lineup of network attached storage (NAS) devices built specifically for the small business market. The four-bay NS4700 and six-bay NS6700 represent a step up for the company's SmartStor line, according to product manager Billy Harrison. Promise is targeting businesses with about 50 to 200 employees. Harrison adds that storage designed for consumer, prosumer and SOHO needs--all segments that Promise already serves--simply don't cut it when put the test of heavier business workloads.

"Even though you see people in SMBs trying to use them, they're not suitable, really, for the SMB market," Harrison said in an interview. "This would be our true first product that can be used in a real SMB environment."

The NSX700 line has capacity up to 2TBytes. Both units run on the Intel Atom processor and include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The four-bay device lists for $899, while the six-bay device goes for $1,099. Harrison was quick to point out that those prices are MSRP, and that it's not uncommon to find retailers and other channels offering lower prices in the marketplace.

Promise joins Drobo as another storage vendor with a consumer heritage that has recently made a formal move into the SMB market. For Promise, the move into the SMB market wasn't so much a marketing decision as a product development one: It simply wanted to build units with more performance and power than some of its lower-end consumer options.

"It's more about us evolving our product line than it was about introducing the product at a particular time into any particular market," Harrison says. The up-market shift was also motivated by a some key vertical markets that demanded more powerful storage. Harrison says video surveillance has been a growing customer market for the company, as has the high-end home theater market. He adds that the company may continue to build bigger storage devices targeting larger companies down the line

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