Buffalo Unveils New Multi-TB Storage Lineup

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-06 Print this article Print

Updates in the products include Intel's Atom D510 dual-core processors, USB 3.0 connectivity, and several new business-class features.

Network and direct-attached storage maker Buffalo Technology Jan. 6 released a new line of relatively low-cost, terabyte-capacity desktop and rack-mount network storage drives at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Buffalo's TeraStation Pro storage packages, aimed at small and midsize businesses and home offices, are comprised of the TeraStation Pro Duo, Pro Quad, Pro Rackmount, Pro 6 and Pro 8 units.

The biggest differences in the new products compared with previous generations are the inclusion of Intel's Atom D510 dual-core processors, USB 3.0 connectivity and several new business-class features.

Austin, Texas-based Buffalo said it has optimized its SMB software suite to take the best advantage of the speed and power of the new chips.

The TeraStation Pro packages also feature Active Directory support, disk quota support, data replication with device failover, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, hot-swap hard drives and 10 licenses of NovaBACKUP Business Essentials software-enough to constitute a entire office backup package that includes PCs and servers, Buffalo said.

TeraStation Pro packages can scale from 4TB up to a maximum capacity of 24TB.

The TeraStation Pro 8, which features eight bays of storage with RAID 6 (with support for RAID 0/1/5/10 modes), will become available in February at $3,000 for the 8TB version, $5,000 for the 16TB edition and $6,500 for the 24TB package.

TeraStation units are also available in six-bay, four-bay and two-bay configurations, ranging from 12TB to 4 TB in capacity and from $5,000 to $800 in price.

More information on the TeraStation line is available on the Buffalo Web site.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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