Buffalo Technology's slimmed-down rack-mounted storage appliance, the Slim TeraStation III Rackmount, offers cost-conscious businesses an affordable, power-saving solution.
Networking and direct-attached storage solutions company Buffalo Technology
announced a slim, space-saving rack-mounted storage appliance, the TeraStation
III Rackmount, aimed at providing a low-cost, storage solution for
space-strapped small to medium size businesses.
The solution will be available in late August at estimated street prices of
$1,299.99 for the 2TB model, $1,799.99 for the 4TB model, $2,299.99 for the 6TB
model and $2,999.99 for the 8TB model.
Incorporating a new hardware platform shared by the previously announced
TeraStation III and TeraStation Duo, the TeraStation III Rackmount features
dependable backup, eco-conscious power management, as well as enhanced business
and reliability features. Along with higher capacities, Buffalo
claims the new TeraStation devices allow businesses to transfer digital assets
at faster rates to quickly and securely back up large amounts of data on
"Buffalo Technology has been an innovator in the SMB storage space for the
last 30 years," said Ralph Spagnola, Buffalo's
vice president of sales. "The latest TeraStation III Rackmount, along with
the TeraStation III and Duo, are testaments to Buffalo's ongoing
commitment in delivering high-quality, robust storage solutions to the SMB
market that are not only cost-effective but are able to meet the high demands
of today's business needs."
To better function within the work environment, the TeraStation III family
includes hot-swappable drives for continued use even in the event of drive
failure. The devices also include disk encryption for protection, a controlled
fan with a thermal sensor for optimal cooling, network file system (NFS)
and Active Directory. Other features include cartridge-mounted HDD, print
server functionality, RAID 5 (striped disks with parity, which combines three
or more disks in a way that protects data against loss of any one disk) and an
LCD status display.
The TeraStation III Rackmount, also includes new backup features such as
replication, support for Mac's Time Machine and hot spare/hot swap for
uninterrupted operation. All TeraStation devices continue to offer Buffalo's
Web Access feature for remote access to all data stored on the devices via a
Web browser from anywhere in the world. In an effort to further boost
reliability, the new TeraStations include two Ethernet ports and internal flash
Buffalo, like many other
technology companies in the market, is also aiming to burnish its eco-friendly
credentials and improve power efficiency. The company's latest NAS devices
offer power management features, which the company said reduces power
consumption by 66 percent while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions. These
power management features include a scheduled power management system with
three timers, allowing for automatic shutdown during non-business hours. The
devices also include hard drive spin-down, which saves energy when drives are
not in use.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.