Well later last week IBM enetred into file based storage solutions with the release of SoNAS appliance. SoNAS is not the next door
appliance but I consider it disruptive in nature, especially with its architecture.
The two top reasons to buy this box is :
1. First and foremost it is Scale Out in Nature , unlike traditional Scale up models. So that helps your growing business to grow better and cost efficient with their storages : Pay-as-you-go model
2. Its empowered with IBM's powerful filesystems ,which traditionally has been only used for super computing. So it gives the SMB players the advantage of premium class at the price of standard to help achieve high performance, scalability, availability, and flexibility in a modular fashion.
While there are many other good reasons to switch to SoNAS which I will unfold over days, its time for you to start thinking of you storage boxes and evaluate if they present such values.
Competitors - SoNAS is coming :-)
More Info: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/network/sonas/