Promise Technology Expands SmartStor Storage Appliances

The platform is powered by Intel Atom processors and supports backup utilities from Acronis and Symantec.

Storage solutions specialist Promise Technology announced the next generation of its SmartStor NAS (network attached storage) line, the NSx700 Series. The NSx700 Series is available in either 6-Bay (NS6700) or 4-Bay (NS4700) configurations. Both are powered by the Intel Atom processor and equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The NSx700 Series delivers a high-speed iSCSI NAS solution with up to 210M bps throughput.

The SmartStor NSx700 series is equipped with the company's RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) engine. The engine, a legacy component for Promise's enterprise-level RAID storage subsystem products, is now available in the NSx700 series, bringing data protection features to SMB (small and midsize business) users. The NSx700 Series provides data protection services such as RAID 6, bad sector error handling, PDM (Predictive Data Migration), media patrol, redundancy check, online RAID migration and capacity expansion.

"As demand for storage space increases, storage demand from entry SMBs is also increasing," said Alice Chang, CMO of Promise. "SmartStor NSx700 Series provides an all-in-one solution to SMBs to fulfill all storage demands, including file sharing, multi-clients backup, cloud storage backup as well as performing Web and ftp services. Moreover, the NSx700 is providing an initiative management interface, that even if the IT staff in SMBs are not IT professionals, they can easily set up the SmartStor with the Web-based interface or GUI utilities on Windows or Mac OSX computers."

The SmartStor NSx700 Series provides multiple options for SMB users to back up their computers and servers. SmartStor NSx700 supports Amazon's S3 Web Storage service, providing users with the ability to setup their Amazon S3 accounts on NSx700, and perform scheduling backup from NSx700 to Amazon S3 space. Additionally, users can install a second unit of NSx700 at a remote site such as a RSYNC server, and use the NAS to NAS remote backup for disaster backup and recovery.

For client backup, Promise also provides several ways to perform backups from Windows or Mac OSX clients to the NSx700, using the company's SmartSYNC, Mac OS X's Time Machine or third party backup utilities from Acronis or Symantec. SmartStor NSx700 comes bundled with the Acronis Backup & Recovery software, allowing users to install the software via the CD inside the package, providing the ability to perform the backup from Windows based computers or servers.

The SmartStor NSx700 Series also features an eco-friendly design to decrease the carbon footprint. Equipped with an 80 PLUS certified power adapter, the NSx700 Series delivers increased power efficiency, and the NSx700 is MAID 2.0 compliant, allowing the hard drives to adjust the spinning speed or spin down when the system is not busy or idle, decreasing the unnecessary power wasted by the hard drives.

"Backup & recovery has always been a major concern for SMB users. Both Acronis and Promise are committed on delivering reliable, cost effective and simple backup and recovery solutions," said Bill Taylor, president of Promise partner Acronis. "Acronis Backup & Recovery and SmartStor NSx700 combined will allow SMB users to ease their backup and recovery concerns significantly."