MicroNet Expands MaxNAS Product Line with Rackmount Units
MicroNet Technology, a provider of storage solutions for
small and medium businesses (SMBs), announced an extension to its MaxNAS
product line with the introduction of the first rackmount MaxNAS units. The
MaxNAS 1u and 2u hold four and eight 3.5-inch SATA drives respectively, and can
be configured with 1 or 2 terabyte drives, delivering up to 16 TBs of shared
storage capacity for the more demanding storage-centric applications.
The MaxNAS appliances are stackable, allowing up to six
devices to be connected in a rack and managed as a single volume, helping make
capacity expansion easier and giving administrators the ability to manage 96
TBs as a single, high density network storage pool. MicroNet said the built-in
iSCSI targets provide an affordable IP SAN alternative for midmarket companies.
When configured businesses can set up the servers to access the device as
direct-attached-storage over LAN or Internet via the high-speed Gigabit
Ethernet connection and enabling network administrator to centrally manage and
deploy storage for their entire network.
Both the MaxNAS R4 and R8 NAS appliances support Microsoft
Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux and other environments. The MaxNAS devices give
users the option to configure the storage systems with Linux-based ext3 file
system or ZFS file systems based on their individual requirements. The ZFS file
system also supports snapshot functions, allowing MaxNAS users to implement
version control and create and restore remote backups. The Nsync remote data
backup application, enabling the automatic upload of files to an external
storage device at a designated time. Files can be automatically backed up from
field offices to a central office site or replicated to a remote site for
disaster recovery purposes.
Additional features include RAID-0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD,
multiple RAID Set with Auto Rebuild and SMART, jumbo frame support, AES 256
volume-based data encryption, digital audio access protocol server for Apple's iTunes
music application, UPnP media server, photo Web server, multiple expansion
ports including USB 2.0, eSATA and PCI-e, printer server support with Internet
printing protocol for USB printers and power management with disk spindown for
energy cost savings.
Critical components - including drive bays, power supplies
and cooling fans - are redundant and hot-swappable. Dual Gig-E ports on both
the MaxNAS 4R and 8R enable continuous up time with auto failover and load
balancing across the connections. Multiple RAID levels are supported, including
RAID-6. Leveraging dual Gig-E connections with link aggregation, the MaxNAS 4R
and 8R are equipped with the bandwidth to handle IP video feeds from multiple
cameras, which the company said makes them idea network storage appliances to
support IP-based video surveillance applications.
"With the unrelenting growth in email archives, databases and digital content there is nothing small about the storage capacity challenges facing SMBs and SMEs today," said Adi Antariksa, director of sales, RAID products for MicroNet. "The new MaxNAS R4 and R8 are optimized to meet the needs of SMB and SME storage environments with designs that allow customers to protect their storage hardware investment and grow storage with the business."