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Tricord Targets Prisons, Casinos

Will vendor's new NAS for digital image users stand out in the crowd?

NAS startup Tricord Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: TRCD) has announced new software designed specifically to meet the needs of industries that rely on digital imaging for security surveillance -- such as prisons, casinos, construction sites, and real-estate companies.

The products are enhanced versions of Tricords existing low-end NAS software and hardware devices, augmented with improved functionality for digital imaging and security applications.

Extra features include high-speed backup capabilities, support for extra power supplies, increased cluster capacity, and support for up to 160 users.

"A 16-appliance cluster now handles files up to 208 gigabytes," says Joan Wrabetz, President and CEO of Tricord.

Despite the improvements, Tricord’s products only store up to four terabytes of data, far less than the 15 terabytes or more that high-end storage vendors like EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) offer. But Wrabetz says there is a need for a smaller, cheaper alternative to these high-end products in the storage market.

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