Buffalo introduces ISCSI to its terastation family of storage devices

By SiliconIndia   |   Saturday, 28 June 2008, 05:02 Hrs
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Bangalore: Buffalo Technology, a provider in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced the TeraStation iSCSI and TeraStation iSCSI Rackmount, Buffalo's newest additions to its high-performance line of SMB-focused storage devices.

The new TeraStation iSCSI will be available in two styles - Pedastal and Rackmount. Both of them have three capacity levels.

iSCSI storage targets are gaining in popularity even with small to medium sized businesses. The iSCSI protocol transports simple SCSI storage commands over standard TCP/IP networks. As a result, the iSCSI targets give servers the illusion of being locally attached disks that are directly accessible by the OS. iSCSI targets can be located anywhere on the network. In addition, multiple iSCSI targets can be consolidated into one array, providing additional or more redundant storage configurations. This makes iSCSI the ideal solution for server backup or backup strategies involving remote locations.

"As companies grow and move increasing amounts of data to the data center for consolidation or to an off-site storage location, they experience the need for flexible and intuitive storage devices that make data storage handling simple, manageable and reliable," said Atsuo Shibata, Country Manager, Buffalo India. "The new TeraStation iSCSI is a powerful SMB solution that delivers this extended functionality while still fitting into the budget of cost conscious SMB purchasers."

The TeraStation iSCSI Rackmount seamlessly integrates into any structured IT environment by mounting into a relay rack or server cabinet. The product fits standard 19� racks and occupies 2U of space. 2-post and 4-post mounting brackets are available.

For those without rack or cabinet space, the pedestal style TeraStation iSCSI is ideal. Branch offices or departments in larger organizations without dedicated server closets will benefit from this form factor.

Both units feature four quick swap hard drive trays that are conveniently located behind the screw less front bezel, protecting the high speed 7,200 RPM SATA drives while simultaneously offering easy access and drive replacement. Installation and management is a snap with the intuitive Web interface and simple setup wizard. The TeraStation iSCSI features an advanced RAID system with four RAID modes: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. A silent cooling fan helps the unit remain cool by efficiently releasing heat while a front panel LCD display indicates the status of the device. A 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface ensures that businesses can take advantage of their existing network infrastructure for effective iSCSI deployment without the need to invest in a costly Fiber Channel environment.

Backed by a limited three-year warranty and toll-free technical support, the TeraStation iSCSI and TeraStation iSCSI Rackmount will be available in June. Pedestal Version starts at the price of 67,000 and Rackmount Version starts at 72,500.

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