Storage distributor AustStor has announced a new multipurpose storage device aimed at small-to-medium networks.
"The AutoTower represents a shift from a server-centric model to a more flexible, affordable data-centric model," said Lachlan Macdonald, managing director of AustStor. It will appeal to small-to-medium size businesses, as well as work groups in larger organisations, that are looking for turnkey storage solutions."
Dubbed the AutoTower, the unit combines network storage with a DVD-RAM library for rewritable, high-capacity near-line storage suitable for medical imaging, digital pre-press and back-up applications, according to AustStor.
The AutoTower enables remote administrative access and management via a Web browser and can be plugged into Ethernet 10/100, ATM 25/155, or Token Ring net-works via an RJ45 network jack. AutoTower supports NT, Netware and Unix either independently or used concurrently.
Developed by storage vendor Plasmon IDE, the AutoTower was slated by AustStor for availability in Australia from the beginning of the fiscal year.
A two drive, 120 slot model is expected to cost around $25,000.
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