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Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007

RAID gets smaller and smaller

For smaller firms where digital video production, streaming media and sophisticated graphics can devour large chunks of storage, MicroNet is offering its SR4 external SATA RAID array, a DAS system made to sit at a user's desk. Weighing 12 pounds, the appliance is smaller than a half-sheet of paper. The absence of network overhead lets the SR4 deliver up to 240MB/sec of read performance and 200MB/sec of write performance. "It's a much faster model than what you typically would be getting for this price range," says Joe Trupiano, MicroNet's director of marketing. Pricing for a 1TB capacity configuration starts at $599 and scales up to a maximum capacity of 4TB. Its closest competitor, according to Trupiano, is Buffalo Technology's DriveStation SATA USB 2.0 external hard drive, which in its maximum 750GB configuration is priced between $300 and $500. The DriveStation also offers data transfer rates of from 12Mb/sec (full speed) to 480Mb/sec (high speed). --Trina MacDonald

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