CeBIT 2008 - Previewing The Trends

TeraStation Pro II Rackmount - Buffalo Enters A New Market

Buffalo Technology, a company specializing in storage solutions and wireless network communication products, is entering the market for rack mounted solutions with the presentation of the TeraStation Pro II Rackmount Series at this year’s CeBIT. Sporting a moderate price tag and a long list of features, these products are aimed at small and medium-sized companies.

The network storage solutions use the 19" format found in the server space, are two units high and provide up to 4 TBytes of storage by using four SATA drives in removable harddisk drawers. In addition to addressing each of the drives separately, the members of the TeraStation Pro II line also provide data redundancy through Raid levels 0, 1, 5, and 10.

TeraStation Pro II Rackmount

Network connectivity is provided through the RJ-45 port of the Ethernet interface supporting speeds of 10/100/1000 MBit/s. As it also supports jumbo frames (transmission of Ethernet frames of more than 1518 bytes while simultaneously reducing protocol overhead), Buffalo quotes data transfer rates of up to 35 MB/s. Storage capacity can be expanded further using two USB 2.0 ports with a maximum data rate of 480 MBit/s each.

Thanks to their support for Active Directory, products of the TeraStation Pro II series can also be integrated into existing team structures without any administrative effort. In addition to standard TCP/IP protocol, the 19" units also "speak" FTP as well as SMB/CIFS, allowing the use of Windows shares. Networked storage space is managed using a web interface, and backup tasks are handled nthrough the Memeor AutoBackup application that is included in the products’ bundle.

Prices for the TeraStation Pro II range from €757 to €2065 depending on storage capacity. You can take a look at these network storage devices as well as other new NAS, storage and multimedia products made by Buffalo in Hall 25, stand C120 .

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