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I have heard this term used a lot around my office, i just wanted to find out what does this mean? And how is it relevant to a network...also if you could redirect me to other sites which have more details.....thanks

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Snap Servers are part of a growing group of peripherals called Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. These NAS devices are single-purpose, self-contained appliances, rather than complex external computer systems like conventional file servers.
Every organization—from the smallest home business to the largest global enterprise—can save time, money and resources by capitalizing on the unique advantages that Snap Servers deliver. Snap Servers are the #1 selling brand of workgroup Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers.  They are also the most awarded brand, with over 40 national and international awards from leading IT, government and educational publications and groups.
Simple Network Storage is Better
The fundamental advantage of the Snap Server is its embedded operating system that is optimized for a single purpose: data storage. This embedded, highly optimized OS code provides four key benefits:
Higher Reliability - Greatly reduced opportunities for conflicts, failures or crashes which means high availability of data.
Faster Performance - Only necessary tasks are performed so CPU cycles are dedicated to what is most critical - data storage and file serving.
Ease of Use - Snap Servers install in minutes, automatically recognize and support all major network platforms and can be managed via a simple Web browser.
Less Maintenance - There are no recurring service packs, patches or bug fixes as with conventional operating systems.


purchasing decision between a Snap Server and a standard Windows box would be made based on disk integrity as this particular metric would be pretty much irrelevant. There are a lot of other factor that would drive the decision, e.g. initial cost,manageability, client OS support, purpose of the NAS/SAS,...


so as I said that The Snap Server product family consists of a wide range of network-attached storage (NAS) devices.


the Snap Server is called a "server appliance" because it works kind of like a microwave or a CD player — you plug it into the wall and into the network, turn it on, and use it.

Snap Appliance rolled their own OS, the SnapOS, for use in the server. The SnapOS was originally based on a FreeBSD kernel, but the SA engineers stripped out support for all the stuff that a headless NAS unit wouldn't need, like video, printing, keyboard, mouse, and the like. So the OS is extremely lightweight, with no unsed parts to take up unecessary memory and/or ac

The Snap Server provides a robust solution for the storage requirements of the typical user. With an easy-to-use interface, and the ability to be up and running quickly, the Snap Server boldly goes where few products dare to tread.


Snap Server General Information

http://www.srupc.com/snapservers/generalinfo.htm
Introduction to NAS - Network Attached Storage

http://compnetworking.about.com/library/weekly/aa070101a.htm?terms=snap+server


http://www.tomsnetworking.com/network/20020919/index.html

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Thanks! That was perfect!!!
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u welcome ....that is whay EE is for....
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