Disk drive manufacturer Maxtor has begun shipping high volume network attached storage (Nas) devices, which it says offer 60 per cent more capacity than previous models.
The MaxAttach Nas 4300 is claimed by the company to be the industry's highest capacity storage server and can hold up to 640Gb of data. A 480Gb version is also available.
The devices come with an embedded version of Windows and are 1U-high rack-mountable. They also come with enhancements to the original Nas 4300, which began shipping in July 2001.
In addition, the storage servers have pre-loaded evaluation copies of MaxAttach EMS and MaxAttach SVS email archiving and storage virtualisation software.
The processor used in both boxes is a Pentium III running at 866MHz which comes with 384Mb of SDRam. It supports file sharing from a number of different operating systems, such as Unix, Linux, Mac and NetWare clients.
Persistent Storage Manager software included in the device allows administrators to record a 'snapshot' of the storage server's entire disk volume. If a file is inadvertently erased the stored image or single file can be accessed for instant recovery.
The MaxAttach Nas 4300 480Gb and 640Gb models are priced at £3,915 and £4,784 respectively.
The company also claims to have introduced the world's highest capacity external disk drive at 160Gb, the equivalent of 40,000 MP3 files.
The Personal Storage 3000XT supports the FireWire interface and costs £340. Computers not equipped with FireWire can buy adapter cards direct from Maxtor's website at www.maxtor.com.
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