NEC Offers Starter Data Storage for Midrange Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-16 Print this article Print

The Hydrastor HS3-210, which can serve as a starter system for businesses with limited budgets and be scaled up in a modular fashion as needed, is designed for SMBs and remote or branch offices of larger enterprises.

NEC on June 15 unveiled an entry-level addition to its bread-and-butter Hydrastor storage array lineup designed to handle all instances of enterprise storage: everyday data backup, archiving and longer-term storage for compliance or legal purposes.

The HS3-210, which the company is calling the "mini-HydraStor," can serve as a starter system for businesses with limited budgets and scale up as needed. It is aimed expressly at small and midsize business and remote or branch offices of larger enterprises.

The lower-capacity Hydrastor configurations are designed for companies with high second-tier SATA (serial ATA) data stores that still want to take advantage of the long-term efficiency of a high-end, capacity-optimized storage system.

"Seventy percent of archived data is never touched, and only about 10 to 15 percent of business data is considered active," Gideon Senderov, NEC director of product management and technical marking, told eWEEK.

"The HS3-210 is optimized for this reality. This is capacity-optimized storage for the channel and midmarket enterprise; it also maintains full compatibility with the Hydrastor grid storage platform for large enterprises," Senderov said.

Key new enterprise-class features, NEC said, include: DataRedux inline deduplication and compression; snapshots, now included with all Hydrastor products; RepliGrid, which supports disaster recovery requirements when data needs to be sent and stored at an off-site location; and Hydralock, which ensures the authenticity of critical data and maintains the chain of custody for regulated business environments.

Hydrastor HS3-210 is available to order now. It will begin shipping June 29.

For more information, go here.

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 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 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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