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The Gateway E-842R

Gateway Inc. may not be able to make itself heard in the PC market, what with Dell and Hewlett-Packard selling so many systems, but we've been impressed with its efforts to build low-cost, easily managed storage systems for agencies of all shapes and sizes.

So we listened with interest when Gateway rolled out three additions to its enterprise storage line. Tim Diefenthaler, Gateway's senior director of professional product marketing, said the new products were specifically for small and mid-sized enterprises that need quick, easily installed storage that can grow over time.

Among the new releases is the Gateway E-842R storage area network, a 2U entry-level SAN that starts at $6,599. The E-842R supports serial-attached SCSI and serial ATA hard drives. Using SAS, the system scales to 1.75TB; with SATA II it can go all the way to 6TB. It's also well-designed for disaster recovery. The E-842R can be configured with one or two 4Gb/2Gb Fibre Channel RAID interfaces in failover mode, and each interface module has a pair of Fibre Channel ports, 1GB of cache and a removable battery backup. It also supports multipath I/O so it can recover from a controller failure without data loss.

Gateway also brought out its E-824R DLT-V4 SuperLoader 3 ($2,499) and E-826R LTO-3 SuperLoader 3 ($5,599) automated tape backup systems. The former can store more than 5TB of compressed data, while the latter can hold more than 13TB. Both systems can expand from eight to 16 cartridge slots. The E-824R comes with Quantum DLTSage data protection software, which supports write-once, read-many storage so the system can use standard media for regulatory compliance.

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