Maxtor launches new file server

Maxtor launches new file server

Returning to smaller, focused tradeshows in an effort to avoid tyre-kickers, Maxtor has found an ideal launch site for its latest file server, MaxAttach NAS 6000, at the SAN World show in Sydney.

Boasting native capacity of 1.9 terabytes with the ability to scale to 5.7TB, the MaxAttach NAS 6000 is targeted directly at the mid-range server market, according to Don Woods, director of product marketing at the Maxtor Network Systems Group.

The Windows-powered storage device featuring hot-swappable components is Maxtor's most economical product to date, Woods said. Priced at around $70,000, "it provides more value for your storage dollar", he said.

"It's really down around tape and optical pricing."

When developing the MaxAttach NAS 6000, Woods said the vendor wanted to address a number of customer issues, including the potential for a shorter backup and restore window, and freeing up e-mail and server congestion.

With this in mind, the MaxAttach NAS 6000 is suitable for disk-to-disk backup, e-mail archiving and the aggregation of large amounts of data, said Woods.

MaxAttach NAS 6000 also comes with a host of storage management and virtualisation applications from OTG Software, Legato and Veritas, which can be switched on for an additional $6000 per server after an initial 30-day free trial period.

"It's a tape killer," said Craig Davis, Maxtor Australia's national sales manager.

Davis said resellers will enjoy three revenue streams from the NAS 6000, with margins to be garnered from the hardware itself, 24x7 support service provided by Maxtor and licence sales from the pre-installed software.

Early prototypes of the server have been sent to select customer sites with shipping to follow, said Davis.

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