Networking & Storage
Small Wonder Is Shoe-Box Sized
The Small Wonder, from Academy Computer Services Inc., is a shoebox-size network unit with a configurable IP address and browser-based interface that transfers CD data to networks for access by multiple users, or to a high capacity 3.5 inch hard drive. The Small Wonder has a combination DVD/CD loading drive and can serve 60 CDs to 1600 users.
The Stoneham, Mass. company says it also serves as network-attached storage, having all the features of a file server.
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SriSoft Corp. is a conversion company that transfers hard copy data into an electronic file on CD-ROM. By using a double data entry process, the Englewood, Colo., company guarantees a 99 percent accuracy rate in transfer of all data to disc.
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The ImageAutomator 105-C CD-R duplication system from Microtech Systems now handles up to 400 CD cards and can duplicate up to 140 discs per hour. Available with up to six drives and including a color thermal printer, the CD-Card ImageAutomator physically rotates discs for precise results during printing and output stacking. This publishing system can support multiple jobs, in-line printing, concurrent premastering and remote job submission across a network using Microtech's CD-Remote application.
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Addonics Technologies Inc. has released NetStor Combo Server, a plug-and-play, multi-protocol CD/DVD/ Archive server that is scaleable and expandable. NetStor supports up to eight IDE hard drives, and can accommodate up to 640 combined CD/DVD titles and archive directories. The system has a maximum possible storage capacity of 2,560 GB.
The company says the NetStor Combo Server is designed as a cost-effective resource for library, corporate, small work groups, educational and government markets. It takes frequently shared data off the main network file server so it can process applications efficiently.
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REMSTAR International Inc. now offers the MediaStation 125, a mechanical filing system consisting of vertically arranged carriers and computerized push buttons.
It is ergonomically designed to meet the needs of its user, says the company. It can be configured for use in a standing or seated position.
The unit is designed to allow 14, 16, and 18 carrier units to be installed under eight-, nine-, and 10-feet ceiling heights respectively.
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Benchmark Tape Systems Corp. and Tandberg Data ASA have formed a partnership whereby Tandberg Data will market Benchmark's DLT products.
The Benchmark DLT1 tape drive offers 80 GB of compressed capacity and a six MB/second compressed transfer rate, so network storage servers or workstations can be backed up on one cartridge.
The Benchmark DLT7 autoloader has a seven-cartridge, 560 GB compressed capacity, so NAS and SAN systems can be backed up for an entire week without requiring users to change tapes.
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MTI Fibre Channel
Investor's Business Daily, an investment newspaper, has selected MTI Technology Corp. as the standard supplier for its storage system.
MTI provided IBD with a scalable 1TB Fibre Channel-based, high-availability unit that can be modularly expanded as the company's needs grow, while also providing an easy migration path to more complex SAN technology, according to the companies.
IBD is using MTI's system for online transaction processing, as well as the company's circulation system.
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Galaxy Enterprise 2000
CommVault Systems Inc. has extended its alliance with Microsoft Corp. and has released CommVault Galaxy Enterprise 2000, a storage management system built on a Microsoft Windows platform.
It is compatible with Windows NT 4, Windows 2000 Professional/ Server/Advanced Server, Exchange 5.5 on NT4 and 2000, SQL Server 7 on NT 4 /2000, and others.
Improvements include more data protection on a larger scale; advanced data management and faster access to data through integration with Microsoft applications such as Exchange and SQL Server; use of a single, unified browser or MMC console.
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TrueSAN Networks has released its new line of Fibre Channel SAN systems. The 7000FC series provides framework for building always-live storage network infrastructures.
Storage software adds standards-based management, remote replication, clustering services and advanced multi-protocol support. TrueSAN 7000FC series features include compatibility with Windows NT/2000, Linux, Solaris, MacOS, UNIX and others.
It offers storage capacity beginning at 200GB, and SANcare, a global services and support program providing technical consulting and onsite 24/7 support, as well as installation and training services, reports the company.
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FireWireDirect.com Inc. has begun shipping its FireWire Spark Hard Drive enclosure and FireWire interface as a conversion kit for customers seeking to turn their own 2.5 inch IDE drives into FireWire external hard drives.
The Enclosure Kit is designed for 2.5 inch drives. The kit includes interchangeable color chips, compact powerbrick, a one meter FireWire cable and a software and installation package.
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Quatech Inc. has released its PCD2-F/PCI PCMCIA card reader. The PCD2-F/PCI internal PCMCIA interface adapter for PCI allows desktop PCs to access the technology used in laptops, notebooks and handheld computers.
The PCD2-F/PCI supports any combination of eight-bit and 16-bit PC cards powered at 5V and/or 3.3V.
A software configurable interrupt routing circuit and device driver software is provided for Windows 95 (OSR 2.1), Windows 98 and NT4.
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Quantum has announced the release of its new Snap Server, which, it argues, is a better alternative to Novell or a traditional Windows NT operation for network file sharing. It is available in four configurations ranging from 15 GB to 120 GB, says the company. It works with an RJ-45 Ethernet connector. The 10/100 Ethernet connection detects the appropriate network bandwidth, and the units also can be used to complement existing NT or NetWare servers, says Quantum.
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