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Idealstor, Western Digital and QNAP roll out new SMB products

John Hilliard

Vendors Idealstor, Western Digital (WD) and QNAP recently announced new products for the small and medium-sized business market.

Idealstor launches WORM appliance

Austin, Texas-based Idealstor announced an appliance that utilizes WORM (write once, read many)

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technology for organizations that need to meet specific regulatory measures when it comes to data protection.

According to Idealstor, the appliance runs on Windows 2008 R2 Server and uses removable disks for storage. The unit is available in two-, four-, six- and eight-disk configurations, and each disk can have a capacity of up to 4 terabytes (TB), the company said.

Traditionally, WORM is used with optical media and, once such a disk is written with data, cannot be altered without destroying the media. Idealstor applies WORM technology to removable disk storage that the company said is more reliable than other media used for the task.

WD offers up new Sentinel for SMBs

Western Digital announced that it has released its first 1U rackmount server, the Sentinel RX4100, aimed at small businesses.

WD said its RX4100 offers SMBs RAID 5 data protection, automatic server-based backup and restoration capabilities, and redundant network and power options; it also supports iSCSI SAN capabilities for virtualized network environments. The RX4100 comes with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and includes software that supports the backup of 25 Windows and Mac OS computers on the network, according to WD.

The Sentinel RX4100 also offers what WD said is a third-party disaster recovery feature, with KeepVault online storage. The server comes in 8, 12 and 16 TB capacities, according to WD.

QNAP unveils new NAS OS

QNAP said its new QTS 4.0 operating system is aimed at home office applications of its Turbo NAS products. According to the company, the Linux-based OS allows cross-platform file sharing among Mac, Windows and Linux users.

The company said that the QTS file management File Station software can manage files among computers running on different operating systems and uses a Web browser interface to manage files among machines. Data can also be synced among computers and mobile devices with the Qsync app, which the company said can also back up data to the company's Turbo NAS.

QNAP said QTS's myQNAPcloud app allows users to browse and access files stored on the NAS from any location using their mobile device, as well as an integrated security app.


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