New RackStation, My Book Studio offerings for SMB storage needs

This week, Synology shows off its latest RackStation product and Western Digital offers up its new My Book Studio external drive lineup for SMBs.

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Small- and medium-sized organizations have unique storage needs, so vendors heavily target that space with new products and services. This week, Synology shows off its latest RackStation product, and Western Digital co-opts a bit of Apple's reality distortion field with its latest My Book Studio external drive lineup.

Synology offers new RackStation model

Synology America Corp. this week released the RS10613xs+ to its RackStation storage lineup, adding the new 10-bay 2U device that the company said is optimized for virtual network storage, supports SCSI and Network File System, plus is certified for use with VMware vSphere 5, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper V and Citrix' XenServer. The unit is also equipped with 8 GB of ECC RAM, which is expandable to 32 GB of memory, and the RS10613xs+ also supports solid-state drives.

Synology said the new RackStation can be combined with up to eight of the company's RX1213sas expansion modules to support up to 106 Serial-Attached SCSI drives and up to 424 terabytes (TB) of storage. The company also said that the RS10613xs+ will support Synology's upcoming High Availability package, which includes the ability to cluster RackStations with automatic failover. The RS10613xs+ also supports hardware-assisted locking and thin provisioning, among other features.

WD rolls out new My Book external drive

Western Digital (WD) announced that its newest My Book Studio models roll out with a USB 3.0 interface and come in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities, according to the company.

While compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems, WD is shipping its new My Book Studio drives preformatted for Mac OS and has adopted an Apple-inspired design scheme, enclosing the Studio drive in an aluminum casing. (WD said the drives can be reformatted for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.)

The company also offers similar My Book drives featuring a black plastic casing instead of aluminum. The My Book drives are available in a similar range of capacities and are equipped with USB 3.0, like the new Studio models. These drives are preformatted for Windows operating systems, but WD said they can be reformatted for the Mac OS.

WD said the My Book Studio drives retail for $159.99 for the 1 TB model, with prices for the 2 TB model at $189.99, 3 TB for $239.99 and 4 TB for $299.99. The My Book 1 TB unit lists for $109.99 on WD's online store, with the 2 TB version available for $139.99, 3 TB for $159.99 and the 4 TB model for $209.99.

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