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3-Tbyte Backup Cartridge Sets Record

RENO, Nev. -- Highly Reliable Systems has announced a high performance, high capacity backup system based on a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID). The RAIDPac removable cartridge used by the RAIDFrame holds up to 3 Terabytes (TB) of uncompressed data (5TB compressed) on a single partition, making it the world's largest removable backup cartridge. The RAIDFrame is approximately the same size as a high end tape drive but holds
times more data. The system attaches directly to a fileserver or workstation using a single, industry standard, eSATA cable running at 3 Gigabits per second or may be connected with a USB 2.0 port for emergency and/or portable use. A video presentation of the product can be seen at RAIDFrame Overview.

As data stored on computers swell, companies struggle to find ways to protect it against loss. Techniques such as backing up to tape, over the Internet, or to network attached storage (NAS) often can't keep up with the need to move large amounts of data offsite nightly for safety. RAIDFrames are a more reliable and faster way to backup these huge data sets. RAID systems aren't new -- they've been used to provide hot swap drives in servers for a while. The difference is that the RAIDFrame backup system makes an entire 3 drive RAID array, and its controller, removable as a cartridge. "With no overhead for Ethernet or TCP/IP, a RAIDFrame will outperform Gigabit Ethernet by as much as 5 times, reducing the clients backup window dramatically" according to Tom Hoops, the company CTO.

special drivers are needed since the RAIDFrame is "seen" by the host system as a single removable hard drive. Unlike tape systems, RAIDPacs can be accessed in an emergency even if the RAIDFrame itself has been destroyed. Simply open the RAIDPac to expose an industry standard SATA connection and a molex power connector that is useable on any PC to gain access to the data."

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