Iomega NAS 200d Series
Iomega has announced two new entry-level network attached storage (NAS) servers: the Iomega NAS 200d Series 320GB and Iomega NAS 200d Series 480GB models. Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, remote office and department workgroups, Iomega's NAS servers come standard with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003. The Iomega NAS 200d improves office productivity by facilitating information and file-sharing; protects business-critical information; uses Windows Storage Server 2003 for ease of installation and familiar management tools ; uses an extremely quiet and space-efficient enclosure; employs SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for improved RAID integration, system performance, ease of serviceability and upgradeability; provides four USB 2.0 ports and one Ultra SCSI 320 port (480GB only) for integrating high-speed backup devices such as Iomega's Rev drive; has storage and file-sharing in remote locations with limited IT staff; employs RAID 1 or 5 (200d 480 GB) to protect data against loss due to a hard disk drive failure; and supports mixed computing environments - Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix and Netware. It includes Iomega's Automatic Backup Software and Computer Associates' eTrust Anti-virus Software for data protection right out of the box. Compatibility with existing Microsoft Windows environments reduces training needs, operating expenses and total cost of ownership, enabling Iomega's NAS 200d servers to deliver a superior combination of capacity, performance and ease of use in the entry-level NAS product category. The Iomega NAS 200d Series products offer Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003. Microsoft's operating system software is preconfigured. Among the key features in the Iomega implementation of Windows Storage Server 2003 are: Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS); Distributed File System (DFS); File Replication Service (FRS); and encrypting File Systems (EFS).
RRP: The Iomega NAS 200d Series 320GB has a suggested retail price of $2699 and the Iomega NAS 200d Series 480GB costs $3599. The product is distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro, Tech Pacific and Lan1.
Westan has rolled out an iSCSI storage server, an iSCSI and NAS storage appliance that can centralise the management and provisioning of storage devices. According to the company, the product delivers industrial strength storage services to hosts attached using both block level (iSCSI) and file level (NAS) protocols. The ArmaSTOR iSCSI appliance, which is powered by FalconStor's iPStor, is a full-featured solution that delivers integrated network storage services including aggregation and provisioning of iSCSI disk to application hosts over existing IP networks. In addition, ArmaSTOR iSCSI Storage Server can facilitate SAN-based snapshot, delta replication and zero-impact backup and restore services to application hosts attached to an IP/iSCSI network, the company said. To optimise system availability and business productivity, the iSCSI Storage Server also offers mirroring and cluster services, which enable continuous operation during a planned or unplanned outage. The product is distributed in Australia by Westan.
RRP: Starts at $18,000 for a dual Xeon CPU/2GB RAM
EMC AX 100
Providing what the company claims is an alternative to direct-attached storage, EMC has unveiled the AX100, which combines the functionality and data protection features of Clariion's RAID array architecture with high-capacity serial ATA (SATA) disk drives to deliver cost-effective network storage. The AX100 offers prepackaged functionality that includes a simplified Web-based array and storage management interface. It fits with small to medium-size business requirements and distributed workgroup environments. The system features up to 12 serial ATA (SATA) drives in a 2u (3.5-inch) rack-mountable enclosure. Capacity can scale from three to twelve drives, and with 160GB and 250GB disks, provides from 480GB up to 3TB of total capacity. The AX100 supports Windows, Linux and NetWare server platforms and SAN, NAS or direct-attach connections. The AX100 line includes two models that support a range of application requirements, developments and scalability needs, the company said. Contact EMC for a list of distributors.
RRP: Under $10,000.
BrightStor ARCserve Backup 11
Computer Associates has released BrightStor ARCserve Backup Release 11 for Microsoft Small Business Server. The solution delivers backup and restore protection for all Windows server systems as well as Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix client environments, according to the company. The product line provides data and storage availability, scalability, interoperability, high performance and management features to address the challenges faced by today's businesses, the company said. The platforms supported include: Windows (including MS Small Business Server; NetWare; Linux Client Agents for Windows; Unix (including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64 and SCO Unix; Linux (including RedHat, SuSE, Caldera); and Mac OS X. Technical specifications on the hardware front include: 350MHz or higher CPU, 256MB RAM, 350MB free disk space. Software specifications include: Windows NT 4.0 SP6a, Windows 2000 with SP2 or SP3, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Server 2003. The product is distributed in Australia by Express Data and Tech Pacific.
RRP: BrightStor ARCserve Backup Release 11: $1085.10 for the box product; $1174.50 licensing which includes telephone technical support and upgrade protection.
Westan has released Sanrad storage switches in Australia and New Zealand. Sanrad V-Switch provides all-in-one iSCSI storage networking, enabling the full availability and network based management of FC, SCSI and iSCSI storage resources across standard Ethernet environments, according to the company. V-Switch combines a truly interoperable multiple-port iSCSI gateway for cost-effective IP connectivity with comprehensive onboard StoragePro services for full block-based data access, network-based volume management, integrated data replication and traffic optimisation. Delivering intelligent, multi-layer iSCSI storage networking, Sanrad V-Switch connected and managed all storage resources to boost information productivity and storage continuity across organisations at a fraction of the cost of FC SANs, the company said. Sanrad products are available from authorised Westan resellers across Australia. For details, call (03) 9541 8888.
RRP: from $17,500 (V-Switch 2000).
HP FATA Drives
HP has launched storage area network (SAN) arrays to integrate a new class of hybrid disk drives called Fibre Attached Technology Adapted. Developed by HP, Hitachi Global Storage Technology and Seagate, and designed specifically for Fibre Channel arrays, the drive technology, branded as FATA drives by HP, has been integrated into the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) line to address the growing need for businesses to cost-effectively store less critical or infrequently accessed information in a more economical fashion, the company said. FATA drives utilise lower-cost, higher-capacity disk drive mechanisms and a Fibre Channel interface to deliver nearly 50 per cent lower cost-per-gigabyte storage when compared with conventional enterprise-class drives, the company said.
RRP: $3119. FATA drives are available via HP distributors.