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Paragon Software Group, D-Link, NovaSTOR release SMB-friendly products

John Hilliard

A number of vendors this week announced products for small- and medium-sized businesses, including D-Link's newest storage device, NovaSTOR's latest backup products and Paragon Software Group's disk partition alignment product.

Storage vendor D-Link

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announced a new two-bay storage device aimed at small businesses and consumers that the company said offers remote sharing, streaming and management abilities for users.

D-Link's DNS-320L, which replaces the company's earlier DNS-320, offers a 1 GHz CPU, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, supports two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, and can be managed from a Web browser running on either a Windows PC or a Mac. D-Link said the unit is also able to back up data to the Amazon S3 cloud service, and is compatible with Apple's Time Machine local backup for OS X. The unit also supports iTunes Server, and includes a peer-to-peer download engine and streaming to media players, like the Boxee Box.

The DNS-320L is available for $149.99 without hard drives, the company said.

Data protection vendor NovaSTOR announced it has released its latest version of its NovaBACKUP products for SMBs.

Version 14 of the NovaBACKUP lineup adds new disaster recovery (DR), virtual machine and remote management features, according to the company. NovaBACKUP 14 has the ability to restore images onto partitions of any size, plus its Central Management Console can manage NovaBACKUP installations via the Web, the company said. DR tasks can be managed in LAN and WAN environments, according to NovaSTOR. NovaBACKUP is compatible with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL 2012, Exchange 2010, and the latest Hyper-V and VMware environments, NovaSTOR said.

The company is also including one year of what it calls "premium" telephone support and free upgrades to customers using NovaBACKUP Server, NovaBACKUP Business Essentials and NovaBACKUP Business Essentials Network. The support includes direct access to company senior technicians, according to NovaSTOR.

Pricing for NovaBACKUP products start at $49.95, according to the company's website.

Paragon Software Group released its latest version of the Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT), which the company said can correct misaligned disk partitions and resolve alignment problems in virtual machines.

According to Paragon, PAT 4.0 has a 20% faster realignment engine, supports the newly released Windows 8 operating system, as well as tools designed to recover volumes lost during a realignment process. The company said the software can boost the performance of disk subsystems up to three times and can align partitions on 4K hard disks.

PAT is available for $29.95, according to Paragon Software.


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