Maxtor Serves Up New ATA Drives
New server drives are tailored for enterprise uses.Maxtor Corp. on Monday announced new server drives, on the heels of exiting the network-attached storage niche and launching new desktop-class drives last week. The new MaXLine series features ATA drives tailored for enterprise uses. ATA drives, traditionally considered to be consumer-class, have recently begun finding their way into business-class products from such vendors as EMC Corp. Initially, there are two products in the series. MaXLine II has 320GB capacity and spins at 5,400 rpm, for $349.95. MaXLine Plus II has 250GB at 7,200 rpm, for $349.95. Both will ship later this year.
If hard-drive vendors want business storage vendors to take their products seriously, theyll have to do high-end testing that hasnt previously been done on ATA drives, said Dave Reinsel, an analyst with International Data Corp., in Hutchinson, Minn.