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Combine NAS and CD/DVD Servers to Manage Your Company's Data Storage Needs
PrimeArray today announced the NetServ line of direct network attached servers that provides two essential services for any IT organization, hosting CDs or DVDs and providing additional network storage space for backups, archives, or other data storage needs.
October 27, 2006 Chelmsford, MA — IT Managers are continually faced with the need for exponentially increasing amounts of data storage. It is difficult to get old, unused data off production servers. Thus, storage arrays directly attached to servers are reaching capacity requiring expensive new servers. IT Managers are also tasked with protecting data assets and planning for speedy and thorough recovery in the event of minor or catastrophic disasters. This generally entails frequent onsite backups of all data along with regular offsite backups.
Another issue facing numerous departments around the organization is getting network-wide access to CD and DVD-based content, such as MSDN or Technet subscriptions, software discs, computer-based training, payroll records, manuals or regulation updates.
The trick for the IT Manager is to address all these issues within a tight budget.
In response, PrimeArray today announced the NetServ line of direct network attached servers that provides two essential services for any IT organization, hosting CDs or DVDs and providing additional network storage space for backups, archives, or other data storage needs. Starting at $3,995, the NetServ delivers excellent value for a sophisticated network storage system.
The PrimeArray NetServ line of direct network attached storage products can address all these issues in an affordable and scalable solution. These systems can store data files, CD/DVD image files and can automate the migration of data to DVD archives. They have been designed with a broad array of back-up and recovery options including enterprise, removable disk, DVD, tape, or offsite mirroring.
The NetServ system is a complete solution, ready to install on your network. Direct network attachment means it is easy to get on the network and doesn't place a burden on other servers. It also means any resource can access it.
The plummeting cost of hard disk storage means that in many situations, disk storage for backups and archives has become competitive with tape in terms of cost. Moreover, hard disk storage far surpasses tape when it comes to speed, reliability, capacity and recovery. The NetServ supports NDMP and products like Veritas Backup Exec, so it will fit into Enterprise-wide backup schemes. It also comes with its own sophisticated data replication utility, called SmartSync, which can backup, mirror or distribute data to other volumes or to remote PrimeArray systems for hands-free and network-friendly backup and recovery. SmartSync uses differential block-level transfer to transmit only data that has changed, yet builds a complete backup on the remote system.
CD/DVD Servers have virtually replaced data jukeboxes and towers for sharing CD and DVD-based content. Using software and hard disk caching of an exact ISO image of the disc, these servers allow multiple users to simultaneously access any data with lightning speed. The systems are easy to setup, easy to manage, easy to use and priced far less than a jukebox and no more lost or damaged discs. Capacities range from a handful of discs up to thousands.
Aside from the benefit of having one system to solve two problems (easier to manage, less space, less costly), combining a NAS and a CD/DVD Server delivers the ability to archive data to DVD. You can easily set up a data migration scheme, using built in tools, to move older data to read-only online DVD images and burn off a copy for offsite storage. Dual-layer DVDs can hold over 8 GB of data, yet are inexpensive, and long lasting relative to other backup options like tape.
The NetServ line offers the ultimate in scalability. Using hot expansion, a single unit can be expanded up to 4 terabytes of RAID 5 protected storage. Using a utility we call SmartExtend, up to eleven systems can be logically connected to form a single IP storage system. Add storage when you need it without impacting existing systems, up to 44 TB of useable space.
Combining a robust NAS system with a latest technology CD/DVD server puts all your digital assets online, in one place where people can access them whenever and wherever they need. The NetServ and ServStation systems provide easy to use, versatile and affordable storage that will grow as your needs grow.
PrimeArray Systems, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Chelmsford, MA. The company is focused on creating intelligent storage solutions for corporate, institutional, and educational networks. PrimeArray can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.primearray.com.
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