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Brief: Toshiba enters storage market

The Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) wants a piece of the exploding storage market and has unveiled the company's first storage product line, the Magnia ESA4000. The first in a series of new external storage array systems, the Magnia ESA4000 is a direct-attached storage solution that Toshiba says is targeted at medium-to-large businesses.

"The new Magnia ESA4000 is an open-standard storage solution that adapts to growing business environments and provides customers with the quality and performance they expect from Toshiba," said Steve Andler, vice president, marketing, Toshiba CSG.

The Magnia ESA4000 packs an assortment of features, including Fibre Channel host attachment and SCSI Channel device compatibility, storage capacity scaling from 90G Bytes to 1.44T Bytes, 10 front-accessible, hot-swappable SCSI HDD storage bays, and dual Ultra2 RAID controllers with battery backup.

Equipped with five 18G Byte or 36G Byte drives, Toshiba's new Magnia ESA4000's price tag starts at $24,405 per unit, and will be available at the end of August.

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