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Idealstor to Add 1-Tbyte Disk

In a move that hints at emerging solutions for SMEs, Idealstor says it's ready to add Hitachi's 1-Tbyte disk drives to its removable backup appliances. (See Idealstor Offers 1TB SATA.)

Idealstor is one of several vendors, including Dell and Tandberg Data, that offer removable HDD (hard disk drive) backup appliances based on drives from Hitachi or Seagate. These products deploy caddies or "sleds" to house the drives. The caddies are portable and slot in and out of a backup appliance, which links directly to the server and can run with third-party backup software. The goal is to eliminate the risk of tape loss or damage, while offering the convenience of portable backup. (See Vendors Tilt Over 1-Tbyte Drives.)

Idealstor's channel partners now have the option to include the consumer version of Hitachi's drive, which runs at 7,200 RPM and comes with a 3-Gbit/s SATA interface. The drives will work with any of Idealstor's caddies, which in turn work with its range of server-attached backup appliances, including the recently announced Teralyte. (See Idealstor Launches Teralyte.)

Pricing on the Idealstor disk drive caddy is about $40. The 1-Tbyte drive will cost about $500. The Teralyte appliance, which has two caddy slots, starts at $1,995.

Idealstor's other appliances can handle up to eight caddies, for a potential total removable drive system of 8 Tbytes.

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