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Zetera Unveils NBOD, Channels

IRVINE, Calif. -- Zetera Corporation, a developer of breakthrough network storage technology, today unveiled a new line of networked storage solutions targeting the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs). The Zetera NBOD (“networked bunch of disks”) family of networked storage solutions combines the benefits of SAN with the simplicity of direct-attached storage (DAS) to bridge a gap faced by nearly all businesses during their progression into network storage.

Server storage consolidation and data protection are challenges faced by nearly every business as it matures. According to many analysts, the requirement for storage capacity is growing at over 40 percent annually. Traditional options for storage consolidation and data protection include DAS and iSCSI SANs. While the benefits of SANs are appealing to small businesses, the cost and complexity required to deploy and manage them force many businesses to stay with DAS and its shortcomings.

Zetera NBOD products are the first to offer SMBs a solution to bridge the gap between DAS and iSCSI SANs. NBOD solutions offer the networked benefits of iSCSI SANs, enabling one or more servers to share the storage of single or multiple NBOD devices. As individual servers require more storage, more capacity is allocated from the NBOD device. At the same time, NBOD solutions preserve the simplicity of DAS, requiring only general IT staff with basic skills in networking to easily deploy, configure and manage the storage system, regardless of its size.

“We’ve received overwhelming feedback from the market that the networked benefit of traditional SANs is very appealing but deployment and management is too intimidating for most mainstream users,” said Chuck Cortright, Zetera’s president and CEO. “NBOD solutions are specifically designed for smaller businesses so IT professionals can leverage their existing personnel and budget resources to enjoy the same networked benefits of far more expensive and complex solutions.”

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