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Quick Takes: Sony positions AIT autoloader for small businesses

Sony takes aim at the small businesses automation market with a family of Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) desktop autoloaders.

Sony repackages AIT

Sony Electronics, San Jose, Calif., the Storage Solutions Division of Sony Electronics' Business Solutions and Systems Company, has taken aim at the small businesses automation market with a family of Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) desktop autoloaders. The StorStation autoloaders are the latest in a line of small business storage solutions intended to provide automated data backup to small offices and corporate departments. One AIT-1, AIT-2 or AIT-3 drive and eight tape cartridge slots are housed in the new autoloader to store more than a week's worth of high-capacity backup without daily manual tape changes, Sony said. The tapes can feature collective capacities from 280 to 800 GB.

Sony Electronics

FIA touts two terabyte NAS systems

First Intelligent Array Inc. (FIA), has introduced the POPnetserver 8000 family of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances, a rack-mountable, 2U NAS appliance is designed for mid-sized firms and enterprise departments and workgroups. FIA said its new NAS appliance can store up to 2TBs of data and features eight front-load hot-swappable disk drives, each with a dedicated ATA 133MHz controller. An integrated SCSI Ultra 160 controller supports an external tape backup, with additional support available for dual 10/100/1000 and 10/100 Ethernet controllers and fiber gigabit networking, according to FIA. The POPnetserver 8000 is available now at suggested retail prices starting at $7,999 for 960 GBs, $11,999 for 1.44TBs and $15,999 for 2TBs.

FIA Inc.

Two controllers are better than one

Nexsan Technologies, Woodland Hills, Calif., introduced a dual-controller version of its InfiniSAN ATAboy2 storage array last week. Available with dual 2 G-bit Fibre Channel or Ultra160 SCSI controllers, the new ATAboy2 builds on the Nexsan architecture to deliver sustained throughput of more than 300 MB/sec at a cost of less than a half a cent per megabyte, according to the company. The design allows two ATAboy2 units to be mounted in 3U of rack space for up to 1.75TBs of storage. When equipped with dual Fibre Channel controllers, the ATAboy2 is a SAN-ready solution with full support for fabric login and Arbitrated Loop, as well as compatibility with 1 G-bit FC environments.

Nexsan Technologies Inc.

iStor consolidates IP storage

iStor Networks Inc.

, Irvine, Calif., announced a patent-pending technology for IP storage that aggregates the capacity of as many as eight independent IP storage systems into a single system by using iSCSI links. The company said the technology expands the number of serial ATA (SATA) disk drives in the same storage domain from 16 to 128, which enables IP storage systems to scale up to more than 30TBs of storage while spreading out the cost of controllers. With this technology, OEMs of target IP storage networking products can offer cost-effective entry-level solutions by limiting the number of front-end iSCSI ports and back-end SATA connections, iStor said.

iStor Networks Inc.

Yosemite takes TapeWare to Asian markets

Listen up varmints! Yosemite Technologies Inc., a developer of multi-platform backup and recovery software based in Fresno, Calif., and Tandberg Data Asia Pte Ltd., entered into an OEM partnership to provide their channel partners a backup and recovery solution. The partnership between Yosemite and Tandberg Asia combines Yosemite's TapeWare 7 backup software with Tandberg's tape drives. In Asia Pacific, the partnership allows Tandberg Data to sell the bundled and OEM version of TapeWare through their distribution channels in Asia. The companies will jointly market the bundled solution as well as available upgrade opportunities. Upgrades include Exchange agents, SQL agents, additional servers, workstations and disaster recovery support. Yosemite's and Tandberg's backup solutions are available through Value Added Resellers and distributors in the region.

Yosemite Technologies Inc.

Tandberg Data

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