The appliances complement the company's existing xStack Storage family of high-performance iSCSI SAN arrays.
solutions provider D-Link announced the ShareCenter Pro network storage
solutions, which support concurrent NAS and iSCSI connectivity and are designed
for SMB environments. With the ShareCenter Pro N-Series and S-Series models,
D-Link has expanded its business storage offerings to offer unified storage
solutions with built-in security, data protection and disaster recovery
functionality well-suited for file sharing, data backup and IP video archival.
appliances complement the company's existing xStack Storage family of high-performance
iSCSI SAN arrays.
ShareCenter Pro models are Windows, Mac and Linux compatible, and come with a
five-year warranty as well as an extended five-year warranty option for a total
of 10 years. The ShareCenter Pro N-Series and S-Series models offer disaster
recovery capabilities for remote backup, either to a physical device offsite or
to the cloud using Amazon's S3 service, the latest in a series of D-Link
technologies leveraging the cloud to bring enterprise features within reach of
ShareCenter Pro N-Series includes the DNS-1100-04 and the DNS-1200-05
devices. Both models offer iSCSI connectivity, two Gigabit Ethernet ports,
two USB ports, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 support, encrypted volumes, and virtual disk
drive (VDD) expansion. The DNS-1100-04 four-bay desktop offers 512MB of RAM and
supports up to 12TB of raw capacity, and the DNS-1200-05 five-bay desktop
offers 1GB of RAM with support up to 15TB of storage.
ShareCenter Pro S-Series includes the DNS-1250-04 four-bay desktop, DNS-1250-06
six-bay desktop and the DNS-1550-04 four-bay 1U rack-mount model. Designed for
optimum performance, all three models offer iSCSI connectivity, 2GB of RAM, two
Gigabit Ethernet ports, five USB ports, RAID 0/1/5/6/10, encrypted volumes and
VDD expansion. The DNS-1250-06 offers RAID 30/50 capabilities, and the
DNS-1550-04 offers dual hot-swappable power supplies for added redundancy.
businesses evaluating network storage often have a checklist of the latest 'must
have' features, but need to realize that reliability, data protection and
network interoperability are paramount," said Joseph Martins, managing
director and analyst at Data Mobility Group. "The D-Link ShareCenter Pro
models support non-proprietary hardware in a unified system with NAS and iSCSI
support for added flexibility, ease of use and cost savings."
DNS-1200-05 ShareCenter Pro 1200 is available now for $773.49, the DNS-1100-04
ShareCenter Pro 1100 will be available in October for $662.99, the DNS-1250-04
ShareCenter Pro 1250 will be available in October for $972.99, the DNS-1250-06
ShareCenter Pro 1250 will be available in October for $1,172.99, and the
DNS-1550-04 ShareCenter Pro 1550 will be available in September for $1,499.99.
All of D-Link's network storage products are sold through the company's network
of channel partners, including value-added resellers, solution providers and
Koester, a technology and facilities manager at the Filutowski Cataract and
Lasik Institute in Orlando, Fla., was tasked with optimizing and managing a
network infrastructure that ensured quick and easy access to more than 100,000
patient records containing over 2 million electronic image files. "What
I needed was a highly available, redundant storage solution offering easy
backup and iSCSI support," said Koester.
evaluating the D-Link ShareCenter Pro DNS-1200-05, Koester was surprised by the
performance the solution achieved, as well as the flexibility and affordable
price. "We should get great speeds, probably as good as USB 2.0, maybe 40
megabytes a second, give or take," Koester said. "We got well over a hundred,
and I said, 'Wow, this is faster than some of the SANs we've evaluated.' This
is a phenomenal product and is truly cutting edge, but it is using existing
technologies in a smart way that makes it very easy to configure, and it
guarantees that it is going to be reliable."
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.