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The refreshed Buffalo TeraStation NAS range
Buffalo has plugged Intel's Atom into its TeraStation range of network-attached storage (NAS) products, aimed at small businesses.
The four new appliances, launched on Tuesday, come equipped with the dual-core Atom D510 processor, rather the Marvell chips used previously in the range, the Dutch company said. The TeraStation ProDuo, TeraStation Quad, TeraStation 6 Bay and TeraStation 8 Bay — the names reflect how many bays they have — are all available now.
The eight-bay appliance (pictured) comes with two 1GbE ports, so one can feed out for access to the network and another can be used to replicate data through to a separate TeraStation. It can run Raid in its standard, 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 51, 60 and 61 configurations, with the higher configurations providing greater redundancy.
The TeraStations are shipped with a full complement of drives. The drives may be sourced from any major hard-disk drive (HDD) manufacturer — Toshiba, Western Digital or Seagate, for example — though customers do not have a choice of provider. However, the drives are "tested to the point where we're confident about our products", said Paul Hudson, sales director for Northern Europe for Buffalo.
If a drive fails, Buffalo will supply a replacement, provided it is under warranty. However, it will not say which manufacturer provided the failed drive or give the customer the option of moving to a different brand.
Prices start at £294 for a ProDuo, £285 for a Quad, £822 for a 6 Bay and £998 for an 8 Bay. Drive size can go up to 3TB per HDD, so a maxed-out 8 bay TeraStation will have 24TB of storage.
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