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Buffalo adds remote web access to NAS line

Buffalo Technology earlier this week announced its new Web Access feature for its LinkStation Live NAS products, including a music streaming feature.

Web Access provides secure browser-based access to any content stored on a user's LinkStation Live NAS by logging into www.buffaloNAS.com. The new feature is available for existing LinkStation Live customers via a free firmware upgrade and port forwarding is not required for UPnP-enabled routers.

NETGEAR buying Infrant

NETGEAR today announced that it has agreed to purchase privately-held networked storage appliance maker Infrant Technologies.

Under the terms of the agreement, NETGEAR will pay $60 million in cash for Infrant. Infrant shareholders may receive a total additional payout of up to $20 million in cash over the three years following closure of the acquisition if specific revenue targets are reached.

The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter. Following completion of the transaction, Infrant's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Tien will become NETGEAR's Vice President and General Manager for storage products.

Iomega adds rackmount Terabyte RAID NAS

Iomega today announced a new rack-mount addition to its NAS product line. The new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 450r series is based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 running on a Dual-Core Intel Xeon hardware platform packaged in a 1U rackmount format.

Four hot-swappable 7200-RPM SATA II drives can be configured for RAID 0, 1 or 5 and other hardware features include dual gigabit Ethernet connections, ECC memory, and an Ultra 320 SCSI (VHDC1) connection for high-speed archival backup. 250 and 500 GB drives are supported for a total of 1 or 2 GB of storage.

SMC announces first RAID NASes

SMC today announced the first of its TigerStore SMB NAS Storage Servers. The SMCNAS04 is a BYOD NAS with four SATA drive slots to accommodate up to 3TB of storage. The same chassis is also available as the SMCNAS24 with four 250GB drives.

Both products support RAID 0, 1, 4, and 5, with "future options" for JBOD and BIG. Features include drive hot-swappability, integrated four port gigabit switch and three USB 2.0 ports for drive expansion, printer connection or connection to USB-enabled UPSes.

HP announces small biz NAS

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HP yesterday announced a new version of its Media Vault NAS with enhancements for small business owners.

The HP StorageWorks Media Vault Pro is HP's first sub-$1000 small business StorageWorks product and has been upgraded to 1 TB of capacity. The product also comes equipped with 2GB of free offsite online storage from Spare Backup to provide an automated offsite backup service to "enterprise-class" data centers

The StorageWorks Media Vault Pro will be available May 15 at an MSRP of $799.

Hammer Storage intros Terabyte dual-drive RAID NAS

Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts, yesterday announced its latest networked storage product.

myshare is a two drive SATA II NAS supporting JBOD and RAID 0 and 1 modes with a total capacity of 1 TB (2 x 500 GB drives). It has a 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN port, supports SMB/CIFS and NFS network file protocols and includes FTP and print servers. The product also supports remote secure web-based access via HTTPS and a "one button" copy feature.

myshare is available now at an MSRP of $499.

Zetera announces new SMB networked storage line

Zetera today announced a new line of networked storage solutions targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs). The Zetera NBOD (“networked bunch of disks”) family of networked storage solutions combines the benefits of SAN with the simplicity of direct-attached storage (DAS).

The new line is based on Zetera's Z-SAN IP-based architecture that allows volumes to be shared, spanned, striped or mirrored across any NBOD disks regardless of the physical location or enclosure where the disk resides. The products require a Windows XP/Windows Server 2003/Windows 2000 application to be run on each computer to manage storage access and configuration.

Zetera NBOD storage solutions will be sold exclusively through authorized value added resellers in North America. 1U rackmount (NBOD 1100 $2,699 MSRP) and 4-bay desktop (NBOD 410 $2,199 MSRP) models are available.

Fabrik Acquires SimpleTech's Consumer Business

Fabrik, Inc. today announced that it has acquired the consumer product business of SimpleTech, Inc. The purchase also includes the company's flash memory cards, USB flash drives and memory upgrades.

Fabrik has acquired the consumer business unit in a cash transaction valued at approximately $43 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, which includes the brand name "SimpleTech."

Thecus announces rack mount RAID NAS

Updated 2/1/2007
Thecus Technololgy recently introduced its 1U4500 Rackmount Storage Device. The 1U4500 is a four-drive SATA NAS supporting up to RAID 10 in a a 1U rackmount form factor.

The new NAS is powered by an ultra-low voltage 1.5GHz Intel Celeron M processor with 512MB of DDR memory. Features include four hot-swappable hard disk trays that accept standard 3.5” SATAII hard disks for up to 3 TB of storage, eSATA port, LCD status display, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD support and dual gigabit Ethernet ports with 802.3ad-based Load Balancing and Failover capabilities.

Iomega adds new Terabyte NASes

Iomega today announced two new four-drive, SATA II based NASes with hot-swappable drives.

Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d ServerThe StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Server runs Linux on a 400MHz CPU with 128 MB RAM and has a gigabit Ethernet LAN and four USB 2.0 ports. It supports RAID 0, 1 5 and JBOD modes, has a built-in print server supporting up to four USB printers and comes in 1 and 2 TB configurations.

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