Network Appliance has launched two mid-range storage arrays for small and mid-size businesses running transaction and data-intensive applications.

The FAS3040 and the V3040 are Fibre Channel, network-attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI storage arrays that scale to 252 drives and 126TB of capacity. They intermix Fibre Channel and Serial ATA drives in the same enclosure, enabling storage tiering and information life-cycle management. The V series is NetApp's virtualisation appliance, which front-ends and pools storage-area network arrays.

The FAS3040 and V3040 fit between Network Appliance's FAS3020 and FAS3050 on the low end. They contain 64-bit controllers and support remote management. The arrays incorporate 4Gbit Fibre Channel and can support optional 10Gbit Ethernet connectivity.

"One of the big things for us is the FAS3040's 10Gbit Ethernet connectivity," says Craig Vershon, IT infrastructure manager for Newfield Exploration in Houston. "We are finding that we are hitting limitations on throughput on our current NetApp boxes." Vershon runs Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle, as well as oil and gas exploration applications, on his NetApp boxes.

Both arrays compete with EMC's CX3-40 and the HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) 8000. Unlike the EMC CX3-40 and HP EVA8000, the FAS3040 and V3040 support connection to the network as a NAS appliance. They also support RAID Double Parity (DP) (RAID6).

The FAS3040 starts at US$83,000 for 2TB capacity. The V3040 starts at $58,450.