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CMS LAUNCHES 100GB DESKTOP BACKUP WITH USB 2.0 SUPPORT.

CMS Peripherals is expanding the capacity of their portable Desktop Automatic Backup System (ABS) for Windows 98/Me and 2000 users, to an unprecedented 100GB.

These solutions will also be among the company's first to include USB 2.0 support. CMS also announced the availability of a new line of PCI cards that when plugged into a desktop computer, provides users with two USB 2.0 ports. This enables users to access USB 2.0 compatible peripherals on their system.

Recently released by Intel, USB 2.0 is the next generation of USB offering increasing functionality and allowing more devices to share the increased bandwidth. USB 1.1 provides users with only 12MBps (megabytes per second) data transfer, considerably slower than Firewire's 400MBps.

With the release of USB 2.0, users can take full advantage of up to 480MBps data transfer rates while providing backward compatibility to first generation USB devices.

Using the Desktop ABS, users can easily backup and share files among multiple USB-enabled notebooks, desktops and workstations. Once connected, the unit's exclusive patent-pending "Automatic Launcher" technology initiates either a full or incremental backup as designated by the user or IT manager.

Costing only $12.50 per gigabyte (GB), compared to removable media costing nearly $60.00 per GB, the Desktop ABS is not only easier to use, it is also far more economical.

Using the Desktop ABS is as easy as plugging in the included USB 2.0 cable. Backup tasks can be configured for the entire system, or just certain files.

To take advantage of any remaining hard drive space on the ABS, users can easily create additional file folders to store "occasional use" files and programs that don't need to remain on the host computer. For fast retrieval, the USB 2.0 Desktop ABS can be accessed as an additional drive letter by the host computer.

"Because user data is mission critical, storage requirements continue to surpass hard drive and server capacity," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals.

"Demands for higher capacity portable mass storage solutions such as the 100GB Desktop ABS are on the rise. With the addition of USB 2.0, the Desktop ABS can easily run applications, organize data by project, client, template or application, and decrease network traffic infrastructure requirements."

The entire line of ABS solutions support flexible data interchange, backup, archival and migration of data with one of the market's lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).

The Desktop Automatic Backup System is available now in capacities of 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, 80GB and 100GB capacities with a three-year warranty. Estimated street prices (ESP) range from $399 for the 20GB solution, to $1,099 for the 100GB.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Aug 20, 2001
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