NetGear Storage Central Turbo SC101TThis networked storage solution has the ability to simultaneously share and protect digital assets such as music, photos, videos, high-definition movies, and data files. Incorporating Zetera's Z-SAN technology, the device is designed to enhance the user's networked storage experience via Gigabit speeds, faster SATA disk drives, greater flexibility and secure mirrored data protection. It functions much like a locally attached USB disk drive, but remains accessible from networked Windows PCs. According to the vendor, users of this storage solution will benefit from a simple setup process using the Smart Wizard installation CD. It delivers a blend of scalability and performance and supports up to two 3.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives of any capacity (not included).
Distributed by Ingram Micro, BMS Technology and Synnex.
EMC Symmetrix DMX-4With an end-to-end 4Gbps design, point-to-point fibre channel back-end and support for high-capacity disk drives, Symmetrix DMX-4 systems deliver significant advances in performance, security, availability and energy efficiency. The systems also offer an improved Enginuity storage operating environment. EMC claims the architecture and software-driven improvements increase overall Symmetrix throughput by up to 30 per cent, meaning the systems are faster in RAID 5 and RAID 6 configurations for higher availability; offer 33 per cent faster synchronous replication at distances up to 100 kilometres; and have the ability to synchronously mirror data at distances up to 200 kilometres using EMC's Symmetrix Remote Data Facility software. Local replication, using EMC TimeFinder software, can also be done up to 10 times faster for improved point-in-time backups, online restores and volume migration.
Distributed by LAN Systems.
RRP: from $200,000
freedom9 freeStor 4020With the ability to fully restore a protected PC via a network connection, this device can be used to backup and recover Vista OS machines. The network storage appliance provides basic functionality such as file sharing, as well as supports online backup and recovery when problems, such as a hard drive crash, occur. The freeStor 4020 allows users to automatically backup both files and entire systems and can boot up and recover a protected PC without having to reinstall the operating system and applications. The device supports Microsoft Active Directory, allowing users to manage data, files and systems concurrently.
Distributed by T Data and Blue Ridge.
WD 250GB Passport Portable DriveAccording to WD, this is one of the first handheld storage devices in its class that provides 250GB capacity. At less than five ounces, this lightweight drive fits neatly in a backpack and can backup large files from digital photos, high-defi nition music and video content. It comes bundled with WD Sync software, which allows users to take desktop content with them by simplifying the synchronisation of files and Microsoft Outlook data on a PC. If users misplace the drive, their data is securely protected with 128-bit encryption. Google software on the drive lets users quickly locate files with the Google Desktop Search tool, manage photos with Picasa photo organizer software and simplify Web searches through the Google Toolbar.
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HP StorageWorks 4100/6100/8100 EVADesigned for mid-range and enterprise customers in need of improved storage utilisation and scalability, HP claims these Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA) provide a cheaper and less complex alternative to traditionally architected storage. The new hardware is supported by a management software suite to help users achieve a higher level of productivity. The EVAs meet application-specific demands for consistent, high transaction I/O and provide capacity expansion, instantaneous replication, and simplified storage administration. The EVA4100, 6100, and 8100 are designed to simplify storage management and maximize performance. The low-end EVA4100 Starter Kits are for small SAN use and contain XCS v6.110 software, 4GB host Bus adapters and switches support, while the higher end 6100 and 8100 arrays offer more drives and storage capacity.
Distributed by Lynx Technologies, Ingram Micro and Avnet.
RRP: EVA4100 starter kits from $51,255
Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 450rThis device is designed to protect, manage and share critical information. It is aimed at SMBs or workgroup environments and is an innovative and cost-effective way to manage exponential data proliferation and increase data protection for the business, according to Iomega. The 450r is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities and hardware accelerated RAID levels 0, 1 and 5. It comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 3040 1.86GHz dual-core processor and hot-swappable hard drives that aim to minimize downtime. High performance features include dual GbE ports, ultra 320 SCSI connectivity (external), 1GB RAM and hardware RAID. Four 3.5-inch hot-swappable SATA II hard drives housed in a rack mount 1U chassis offer replacement in case of failure and minimise the downtime.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Lan 1.
RRP: 1TB from $6500; 2TB from $7600