Storage market gains new entry from MPC

A notebook and desktop maker has entered the external storage market, adding its wares to a government market lineup that's seen several new players in the last few years.

MPC Computers LLC, formerly MicronPC, today announced its release of the DataFrame 310fc RAID device for Fibre Channel environments and the DataFrame 310s hot-swap SCSI unit.

The DataFrame 310fc scales up to 112 drives and 16T of storage and can house 14 drive bays, each ranging up to just more than 2T. Storage capacity can bounce to 16.6T by the addition of seven storage expansion units. It's priced at $15,999.

Smaller in scale and priced at $5,999, the 310s features up to 14 Ultra320 SCSI drives and 2T of storage.

The Nampa, Idaho, company becomes the latest vendor to begin offering agencies new storage products and services. Others include Sun Microsystems Inc. and Compaq Corp., now part of Hewlett-Packard Co.

Earlier this year, HP and Microsoft Corp. said they'd pump more money into merging HP's StorageWorks hardware and Microsoft's Windows-powered network-attached storage software.

MPC will sell the products directly, as well as through resellers as CDW Government Inc. of Vernon Hills, Ill.; Insight Enterprises Inc. of Tempe, Ariz.; and MicroWarehouse of Norwalk, Conn.

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