MaxAttach can make snapshots of disk volumes

MaxAttach can make snapshots of disk volumes

Maxtor's MaxAttach NAS 6000 storage appliance comes in a freestanding cabinet, shown above, or in rackmount modules.

Maxtor Corp.'s new MaxAttach NAS 6000 storage appliance scales from 1.9T to 5.7T in capacity.

The base unit has dual 866-MHz Pentium III processors and 1G of synchronous dynamic RAM, said Jon Toor, senior product marketing director for the Milpitas, Calif., company.

The base unit plus up to two expansion units can each accept 12 160G hard drives, for a total capacity of 1.9T per unit, Toor said. An expansion unit does not have a motherboard or processors.

Rackmount modules connect in groups of two or three. Maxtor also sells a 32-inch-high cabinet for the full 5.7T configuration. The appliance writes data in a choice of RAID levels 0, 1 or 5, and it can use either copper or fiber Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Although the storage appliance runs the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, it can host cross-platform file sharing with Unix, Novell NetWare, Mac OS and Linux systems. Toor said it's compatible with disk-to-disk backup software from Legato Systems Inc. and Veritas Software Corp., both of Mountain View, Calif.

A Persistent Storage Manager feature makes a point-in-time snapshot of an entire disk volume. 'It's literally a one-minute job to retrieve a file that someone deleted,' Toor said.

A 1.9T base unit starts at $29,999 and a 1.9T expansion unit at $24,999.

Contact Maxtor at 800-262-9867.

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