Iomega Brings High-End Features to Small-Business NAS
Iomega latest moves in the network-attached storage market include a pair of low-priced products that offer high-end enterprise features. The Windows-based Iomega NAS P800m and P850m servers are being tested by select customers and are slated to ship later this month. The P800m, with 960 gigabytes of capacity, is priced at $12,499, and the P850m, with 1.4 terabytes of capacity, goes for $17,499. Iomega faces stiff competition from a variety of vendors. Enterprise Storage Group analyst Steve Kenniston feels Iomegas products will appeal to small companies. "The guy with two laptops is realizing how important it is to have backup and recovery," he said.
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Adaptec Expands iSCSI Card Line
Adaptec released the first product to use its ASIC-based TCP offload engine (TOE), an adapter card for servers handling storage networking over Ethernet. Adaptec said the ASA-7211 iSCSI initiator card can deliver 130Mbytes/second full duplex bandwidth of iSCSI traffic while using less than 20 percent of a 1GHz host CPU. The 64-bit 66MHz PCI card has 64 Mbytes of SDRAM on board and is available immediately through distribution at $715 with an optical interface and $660 for copper.
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Western Digital Ships 250GB FireWire Drive
Western Digital is set to release a combination FireWire and USB 2.0 hard disk drive with 250GB of storage capacity. The drive features an 8MB cache and spins at 7,200RPM. It comes with a one-year warranty and is available for pre-order at Western Digitals online store for $449.99.
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Avamar Gets Fourth-Round Financing
Disk backup system startup Avamar announced last week that it received $13 million in fourth-round financing. The round, Avamars largest so far, brings its total funding to around $35 million. Led by new investor Goldman Sachs & Co., the round also included all three of the companys previous investors, Benchmark Capital, CMGI Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Avamars software allows companies to store their data as objects—as opposed to files or blocks—which connect to multiple arrays of inexpensive Linux storage nodes. The software also uses a technique called "commonality factoring" to ensure that identical objects are stored only once to reduce the amount of data stored. The company said this can allow companies to reduce the space required to store a given set of data by as much as 90 percent.
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