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Storage Dimensions Introduces RAIDPro External RAID Storage For Entry-Level and Midrange PC-LAN Servers; RAIDPro is the first external storage system that delivers high-end RAID functionality, yet is priced competitively with internal RAID storage.



MILPITAS Milpitas (mĭl'pē`təs), city (1990 pop. 50,686), Santa Clara co., W Calif., a suburb of San Jose, southeast of San Francisco; inc. 1954. Manufactures include computers and paint. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 1997--Storage Dimensions (Nasdaq:STDM (Statistical TDM) Fully utilizing the capacity of a time division multiplexing (TDM) channel. Traditional TDM interleaves data into slots, and the slot is wasted if there is no data to send at that moment. Statistical TDM fills all available slots. ), the leading independent vendor of high-availability RAID storage systems for the PC-LAN PC-LAN Personal Computer Local Area Network  market, today introduced RAIDPro(TM), a compact, easy-to-use, external RAID storage system for entry-level en·try-lev·el
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Appropriate for or accessible to one who is inexperienced in a field or new to a market: an entry-level job in advertising; an entry-level computer. 
 and midrange midrange Epidemiology The halfway point or midpoint in a set of observations; for most data, MR is calculated as the sum of the smallest observation and the largest observation, divided by 2; for age data, one is added to the numerator; a midrange is usually  PC servers running Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking.  and NetWare A family of network operating systems from Novell that support Windows, Macintosh, DOS and OS/2 clients. Unix client support is available from third parties. In the early 1990s, NetWare was the largest installed base of LAN operating systems (see Novell). . RAIDPro provides an open-architecture alternative to closed architecture systems from server manufacturers such as Compaq (Compaq Computer Corporation, Houston, TX, www.compaq.com) Compaq was the leading PC manufacturer when it was acquired by HP in 2002. Founded in 1982 by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto, one year later the company shipped 53,000 PC-compatible COMPAQ Portables, resulting in $111 , HP, and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) . RAIDPro is the first external RAID storage solution that delivers high-end high-end
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1. Appealing to sophisticated and discerning customers: a high-end department store; high-end video equipment.

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 functionality, yet is competitively priced with internal RAID storage.

"Prior to RAIDPro, IS managers were held captive captive

said of naturally wild or feral animals kept in captivity for educational and scientific investigation with no attempt being made to domesticate them.
 by their server vendor's internal storage and had difficulty justifying the price of external RAID storage," said Ted Chen, vice president of marketing for Storage Dimensions. "Yet captive storage users face two common problems. First, they must often scrap their internal storage when they change or upgrade servers, operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. , bus architectures, or capacities. Second, if they manage servers from multiple manufacturers, they end up with a mixture of storage products resulting in higher maintenance and inventory costs. With RAIDPro, they lower their cost over the lifetime of the storage system through server independence, and they pay an entry price that is competitive with internal server storage."

RAIDPro Drives Down The Cost Of Ownership Of PC Server Storage

RAIDPro lowers the cost of ownership for PC server storage by providing high-end resiliency The ability to recover from a failure. The term may be applied to hardware, software or data. , ease-of-use, and server independence.

-- High-end resiliency - Because RAIDPro incorporates the resiliency features of high-end RAID storage systems, it can withstand component failures and remain on-line and available to users during replacement of components. Also, because RAIDPro is an external solution, it can be quickly and easily moved to a backup server A computer in a network used to store copies of files from client machines or other servers. Such servers typically have their disks set up in a RAID configuration to provide fault tolerance. See backup program, RAID, SAN and LAN free backup.  in the case of a server failure. This leads to a direct savings to companies with mission-critical applications since industry estimates currently place the cost of downtime The time during which a computer is not functioning due to hardware, operating system or application program failure.  in medium-sized PC-LANs at $18,000 per hour.

-- Ease-of-use - RAIDPro also incorporates high-end ease-of-use features that make it easy to install and maintain. Because RAIDPro includes Storage Dimension's DGR DGR Deductible Gift Recipient (Australian tax exemption)
DGR Dangerous Goods Regulations
DGR Delibera Giunta Regionale (Italy)
DGR Directorate General Resettlement (India) 
(TM) (Dynamic Growth and Reconfiguration), RAID storage capacity can be added to the system and RAID levels can be reassigned on the fly without having to backup and restore data. This reduces costs associated with administration, training, and downtime, which can save up to 80% of the overall costs that are typically incurred during the life of a storage system.

-- Server-independence - Unlike internal storage from the server manufacturer, RAIDPro does not lock the storage to only one platform. RAIDPro can be used on a wide variety of platforms for deployment in heterogeneous environments Using hardware and system software from different vendors. Organizations often use computers, operating systems and databases from a variety of vendors. Contrast with homogeneous environment. . This enables standardization standardization

In industry, the development and application of standards that make it possible to manufacture a large volume of interchangeable parts. Standardization may focus on engineering standards, such as properties of materials, fits and tolerances, and drafting
 of RAID storage, thus reducing costs for spare parts Spare parts, also referred to as Service Parts is a term used to indicate extra parts available and in proximity to the mechanical item, such as a automobile, boat, engine, for which they might be used.

Spare parts are also called “spares.
 and training. RAIDPro can then be redeployed as servers change, protecting the customer's investment in storage and preventing premature obsolescence ob·so·les·cent  
adj.
1. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.

2. Biology Gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly developed.
.

RAIDPro is Targeted To Support Entry-Level and Midrange PC Servers

RAIDPro provides an open-architecture alternative to internal storage provided by server manufacturers. A partial list of the entry-level and midrange PC servers that RAIDPro is targeted for is included below.
Compaq ProSignia          IBM PC Server         Dell PowerEdge 2100
 200, 300, 500             310, 325, 330

Compaq ProLiant           HP NetServer          And additional
 800, 1500, 2500           E30, E40, LD Pro      Intel-based servers.


RAIDPro Delivers High-End Resiliency For Mission-Critical Applications

    The high-availability RAIDPro system includes multiple hot-spare
disk drives, triple redundant power supplies, and dual redundant
cooling fan modules.  Because RAIDPro is an external storage
enclosure whose redundant components are all hot-swappable under
load, it can receive routine or emergency service while the system is
on-line and available to users.
    The main power input of RAIDPro includes a cable-lock guard for
added security.  An optional battery backup module provides up to 72
hours of protection in the event of a power failure.  RAIDPro is also
SAF-TE (SCSI Accessed Fault Tolerant Enclosure) version 1.0
compliant, providing extensive monitoring capabilities.  Each system
component in RAIDPro is continually polled for status, and LED
indicators report status at a glance.  An audible alarm sounds if
there is a change in system status.

RAIDPro Delivers Ease-of-Use During Installation And Beyond

    RAIDPro is truly a plug-and-play RAID storage solution.  All RAIDPro
systems come pre-configured for RAID level 5 with the drive modules
pre-installed, making installation and set-up surprisingly simple.
The six-bay RAIDPro enclosure delivers unparalleled ease-of-use and
maintenance.
    The system's DGR RAIDCard(TM) controller enables a system
administrator to add capacity to the RAID array, or to reassign RAID
levels in the array, while the system is on-line and accessible to
users.  This greatly simplifies maintenance and provides a
considerable time savings.  In the past, adding capacity could take
hours, and it occurred off-line.  With DGR, time requirements for
adding storage have been reduced from up to 10 hours for a 16 GB
array to less than 5 minutes, and it occurs on-line.  RAID levels can
also be migrated on the fly between RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, and 5.
The result is significantly reduced administration costs, simpler
upgrade processes, and optimal RAID level tuning.

RAIDPro Is Available In Two Models: RAIDPro VL and RAIDPro XL

    RAIDPro is available in two pre-configured models.  RAIDPro VL
provides exceptional value, and RAIDPro XL provides the highest
performance.
    RAIDPro VL, available with 2.1 GB or 4.3 GB disk drive modules,
meets entry-level PC server application needs, providing high
resiliency and exceptional ease-of-use at a great value.  RAIDPro VL
features a one-channel DGR SCSI-2 RAIDCard controller and 4 MB of
controller cache RAM, scalable to 16 MB.
    RAIDPro XL, with 4.3 GB high-performance drives, offers more
flexibility and performance to satisfy a broader range of entry-level
and midrange PC server needs.  RAIDPro XL features a two-channel DGR
Ultra RAIDCard controller and 16 MB of controller cache RAM,
upgradeable to 64 MB.  Its UltraSCSI performance provides up to twice
the transfer speed of standard SCSI-2 solutions.
    RAIDPro XL also includes a single server license for
VantagePoint(TM) storage management software.  VantagePoint is
Storage Dimensions' industry-leading enterprise storage management
solution allowing network administrators to centrally monitor the
performance, condition, and configuration of all disk storage devices
attached to Windows NT and NetWare servers.  RAIDPro is ideal for
multiple distributed storage systems located in nationwide, or
worldwide, branch sites.  With VantagePoint, all RAIDPro systems can
be easily monitored from one central location via a single
workstation console.

           RAIDPro VL                     RAIDPro XL
Three to six 2.1 or 4.3 GB disk        Three to six 4.3 GB high-
 drive modules                          performance disk drive modules
Scalable from 4.2 GB to 43 GB          Scalable from 8.6 GB to 43 GB
 (RAID 5)                               (RAID 5)
Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1,        Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1,
 3, 5                                   3, 5
One-channel DGR VL RAIDCard (SCSI-2)   Two-channel DGR XL RAIDCard
                                        (UltraSCSI)
4 to 16 MB controller cache RAM        16 to 64 MB controller cache RAM
Optional battery backup module         Optional battery backup module
VantagePoint can be purchased          Single-server version of
 separately                             VantagePoint included


RAIDPro Comes Standard With World-Class Warranty Coverage

RAIDPro is supported by Storage Dimensions' SpeedExchange(SM) advance exchange warranty. Under the generous terms of SpeedExchange, customers can receive replacement components within 24 hours of the request. The warranty coverage is for five years on disk drives and three years on all other components. RAIDPro comes with free on-site service for one year.

Pricing, Availability, and Specifications

RAIDPro VL will ship during the second quarter of this year. An entry-level RAIDPro VL system consisting of three 2.1 GB disk drives and 4 MB of controller cache starts at $4,475. RAIDPro XL is expected to ship within sixty days of the VL model. RAIDPro XL with three 4.3 GB disk drives, 16 MB of controller cache, and VantagePoint software will be priced at $7,830.

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 that is 8.75" wide, 14" deep, and 5.25" high, RAIDPro can easily fit on top of most PC-LAN servers. Using two enclosures, RAIDPro provides scalable RAID 5 capacity from 4 to 43 GB.

Founded in 1985, Storage Dimensions designs, manufactures, markets, and supports high-performance data storage systems for open systems network applications. The Company focuses on the PC-LAN market by developing and marketing a broad family of disk and tape storage systems designed to satisfy the high-performance, fault-tolerance, and high-availability requirements of its customers, while at the same time reducing the life-cycle cost of ownership. In line with its open systems strategy, the Company also develops and supports selected products for the Unix market. Storage Dimensions' products are sold through its own field sales force in combination with multi-tiered distribution channels. For more information, contact Storage Dimensions at 1656 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, California Milpitas (IPA pronunciation: mɪlpitʌs; inhabitants are called 'Milpitans') is a city in Santa Clara County, California. It is located with San Jose to its south and Fremont to its north, at the eastern end of Highway 237 and generally between Interstate freeways 680 and  95035, 408-954-0710, or visit the Company's World Wide Web site at http://www.storagedimensions.com .

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