Network Appliance has released two new mid-range products that it says will reduce storage costs and improve usage.

The FAS3020 and FAS3050 are a new SATA option for primary storage applications and come with two new V-Series virtualization engines, the V3020 and V3050.

All the new products use NetApp's Data ONTAP 7G software, which company officials say is behind reduced storage costs and increased storage usage rates.

"Our customers tell us that data storage consumes 30 percent to 50 percent of their IT infrastructure budgets, and that data growth presents a huge management challenge," said Patrick Rogers, product VP. "We listened and designed the modular and scalable FAS3000 series and the V3000 systems to reduce overall complexity, increase performance, and simplify data management. Additionally, we are achieving an industry milestone by enabling economical, high-density SATA disk drives for primary storage applications - without sacrificing data integrity and safety," he said.

The new FAS3000 series doubles the price/performance ratio and supports more users per system than the company's previous systems, company officials said. It scales to 84TB of capacity.

Network Appliance officials said the new SATA storage option cuts the storage cost per megabyte significantly. "We also offer some safeguards for the SATA drives using RAID-DP technology," said marketing VP Suresh Vasudevan. "This offers better data protection than traditional RAID-1 or disk mirroring."

The V3020 and V3050 systems increase the virtualisation within NetApp's software to include third-party storage products from HP, Hitachi, IBM, and Sun.

The new FAS3020 and FAS3050 systems and the new SATA storage option are available immediately. The new V3020 and V3050 systems will be available in June.