eRacks Introduces NAS50 Storage Server
eRacks' product line now includes both desktops and servers operating with Western Digital's new hard drives.eRacks Open Source Systems, one of the computer server vendors utilizing the new 2.5TB and 3TB hot-swappable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, announced the release of the eRacks/NAS50 server, which the company said makes petabyte-level data storage within two rack cabinets a reality. Four 9U-height eRacks/NAS50 systems can be housed in a single 42U Cabinet, containing a total of 200 drives or 600 terabytes of data. eRacks manufactures its own line of rackmount servers and desktops configured with open source operating systems, such as Linux or OpenBSD. eRacks' product line now includes both desktops and servers operating with Western Digital's new hard drives. Home and enterprise users craving larger capacities for storage can create customized hardware configurations online, a company release noted, with one 3TB drive able to handle up to 600,000 10MP digital photos, 750,000 4-minute long 128 kbps songs (MP3), 1,150 hours of DVD-quality video at 2.597 GB/hr, or 360 hours of HD video at 8.3 GB/hr. "Additional drive space allows for storage-demanding programs and network systems, with plenty of space left over for backups, database, mathematical model and data replications," a company release stated.
eRacks' NAS (Network Attached Storage) category of servers is comprised of rackmount systems especially designed for data storage. The largest rackmount server, eRacks/NAS50, contains 50 hot-swappable hard drive bays. These systems are designed to be used by large radio stations and engineers for data retention, storing uncompressed media files, and backups.