MicroNet makes mark with small footprint RAID
- By Trudy Walsh
- Sep 15, 2008
MicroNet today announced the availability of RAIDBank4, designed
to provide compact data storage for small and medium
RAID is short for redundant array of independent disks. It is a
collection of techniques for spreading information across multiple
disks such that if any one disk fails the data can be fully
recovered from the other disks.
With a footprint measuring 61/2 inches by
43/4 inches, the device has both eSATA and
USB connectivity as well as a 300Mbps transfer rate and offers up
to 4T of data storage, the company said.
“About the size of a toaster, the RAIDBank 4 is totally
portable,” said Joe Trupiano, director of marketing for
MicroNet. Trupiano said he has gotten calls from customers who are
fleeing hurricanes and say they can easily take the RAID devices
with them on the road.
An advanced 64 bit RISC processor with a 128M error-correcting
cache lets the RAIDBank4 handle heavy data loads, the company
RAIDBank4 comes with a two-port eSATA PCI-Express host bus
adapter card and NTI Shadow backup software; a four-port adapter
option is also available.
The storage device works independent of operating systems and
enables simultaneous online RAID expansion, RAID level migration
and stripe size migration. “You can use a Mac, PC or Linux,
and you don’t need to be physically adjacent to it,”
RAIDBank 4 is now on sale, starting at $999.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.