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The 110 provides tough security as it supports NT and Active Directory domains and you can also designate share access based on local users and group memberships. Storage usage can be controlled with quotas which can be applied at the directory level and for individual users as well. Group quotas are only supported for NIS domains. In keeping with most NAS appliances, the 110 supports snapshots which create a point-in-time copy of selected volumes and these can be run regularly to a schedule. GuardianOS does also support software managed RAID but with only one drive available this is a redundant feature.
One role Adaptec sees the 110 filling is as a branch office storage server which links to other remote Snap Servers for share synchronization. To achieve this you’ll need the optional Snap EDR (enterprise data replicator) tools and prices start at £218. This provides an extra management interface which allows you to replicate selected files and folders from one source and target, distribute files to multiple appliances from one source and aggregate files from multiple appliances to a location on one appliance. All systems running the EDR client are displayed in the console as source and targets making it simple enough to create scheduled replication tasks. You can also bring Windows and Linux servers into the mix as Adaptec offers agents for these platforms as well.
Another option is the BakBone NetVault Workgroup Edition backup software which adds an extra £650 to the bill so we can’t many takers as it costs more than the 500GB appliance. For a mere £23 you can activate the optional virus scanning which comes courtesy of Computer Associates eTrust although note that this does not provide real-time scanning and can only be used to run on-demand scans. Selecting this feature loads a separate eTrust interface from where you can set up regular signature downloads and schedule scans on selected directories
The Snap Server 110 represents a sorely needed update to the elderly 1100 and integrating the GuardianOS kernel delivers a huge range of storage related features. As a home or small office appliance it’s a shade over specified but for larger businesses and remote offices it has a lot going for it.