WD Expands Sentinel Storage Line for Small Businesses
The S-series is a fully-configured solution with automatic backup and restore software for up to 25 users and 50 computers and starts at $2,560.Storage solutions specialist WD, formerly known as Western Digital, expanded its small and midsize business (SMB) storage solution portfolio with the introduction of the Sentinel DS5100 and Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers. The S-series is a fully-configured solution with automatic backup and restore software for up to 25 users and 50 computers and starts at $2,560. The appliances are available through CDW, PC Connection and Insight, and through select VARs, resellers and distributors worldwide. "WD is using enterprise-class components to build a new family of network appliances for small businesses," Bill Evans, general manager of WD's business storage solutions group, said in a statement. "The Sentinel S-series network appliances are engineered with Intel Xeon processors, pre-populated with WD Se data center 3.5-inch hard drives for rapid deployment, and feature dedicated 2.5-inch boot drives for maximum reliability. No other vendor offers a comparable network storage plus server in an equally small form factor. With a small footprint and quiet fan, an S-series appliance can be deployed anywhere." Pre-installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the storage servers also allow small businesses to run line-of-business applications on their network storage platform. A company release noted the S-series is a fully configured native Windows Server on which customers can deploy thousands of Windows applications.
The Sentinel DS5100 is pre-populated in capacities of 4TB or 8TB, while the Sentinel DS6100 is available with capacities of 8TB, 12TB or 16TB. Overall, five models of Sentinel S-series appliances are available. The company’s technical support package, Guardian Services, is available for a period of one or more years.