EMC is supplying near turnkey storage software to OEMs called LifeLine. It delivers networked shared file storage, backup, file management and media serving.

By adding it to industry-standard hardware they can use it to provide low-cost network-attached storage (NAS) appliances to the SOHO and prosumer markets, and also more demanding consumers.

The software includes:-

- NAS functionality for Windows and Apple Mac computers, but not Unix ones
- RAID protection (1 (2 drives), 5, 1/0)
- Integrated Retrospect backup with unlimited client support
- Content indexing and searching
- Networked multi-media device support
- Support for multiple languages

The software supports media streaming such as iTunes and game console features plus business functions such as being a print server, supporting Active Directory and providing e-mail fault notification.

EMC says it is simple to use with a 'low touch installation' and 4-step set-up wizard. It can link to connected devices, such as client PCs and a router, by cable and/or wireless, as the OEM wishes.

This is competition, to an extent, for Microsoft's new Windows Home Server. Get a PDF data sheet here.

Intel's SS4200-E storage box looks as if it uses the software.

This is EMC going after the very low-end networked storage market. It will enable OEMs to compete with current Iomega NAS offerings as well as having an answer to cheap iSCSI boxes and the Zetera Z-SAN.

SANs are not for sharing; they're for consolidating so the thinking is that SANS have no place in the Prosumer/SOHO storage market.

EMC has not publicly announced its LifeLine product yet.