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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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Features in this issue

  • Storage still lacks energy metrics

  • Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

    by  SearchSMB.com Staff

    Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

  • How useful are storage benchmarks?

    Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

    It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.

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