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Maxtor MaxAttach
by Rick Smith (March 5, 2001)


Need more hard drive space? Who doesn't? For anyone running a data center, adding a few more tower servers to get that extra storage can run you out of floor space in a hurry. The Maxtor MaxAttach is a more spatially efficient solution.

In only 1.75 inches of rack space (1U size), you can have a 320 GB file server -- nearly a third of a terabyte! This server is also compatible with Windows, UNIX/Linux, Macintosh and NetWare users and takes only 10 minutes to install, without any network downtime.

The Maxtor MaxAttach also:

  • provides value at less than 2 cents per megabyte

  • interfaces directly to the LAN with Gigabit Ethernet and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports

  • supports Novell's NDS and Microsoft's Active Directory

  • provides additional SCSI port to enable local tape backup

  • supports RAID 0, 1 and 5

  • includes Maxtor MaxNeighborhood, a Web-based tool that provides centralized storage management

  • can be monitored remotely through SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)

  • is compatible with backup and device-management tools from Veritas, Legato, CA and HP

  • includes software to mirror the operating system between two hard drives for increased fault tolerance and data availability

  • provides network status reporting and automatic e-mail alerts

  • allows easy field service access to fans, drives, fans and power supply

  • includes an integrated UPS for better fault tolerance.

  • includes a three-year hardware warranty.

    The 160 GB Maxtor MaxAttach server configuration is $3,299 (without Gigabyte Ethernet) while the 320 GB MaxAttach server configuration is $4,999.

    Need even more space -- about a terabyte? Get three units. In only five and a quarter inches of rack space, you can now have 960 GB of storage -- much better than stacking towers around the data center.

    Copyright 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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