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AIC Launches Hybrid Storage Systems

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC), an industry leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, announced today the release of its highly flexible IP100-series NAS/iSCSI hybrid storage tower. The product family consists of two models with support for either five or ten 3.5 SATA disks, powerful RAID functionality, and 4 x 1 Gb/s of Ethernet host bandwidth, making it an ideal solution for SMB and enterprise workgroup environments in need of a dynamic storage infrastructure. In taking a hybrid approach to file- and block-level storage, AIC makes it possible to address persistent data with NAS and transactional information (such as email stores) through cost-effective iSCSI SAN technology, using one device.

The IP100-series hybrid storage is powered by a dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor 330 running at 1.6 GHz and armed with 1MB of cache. Both models include 1GB of fast and energy-efficient DDR2 RAM, upgradeable to 4GB. The platform’s network performance is enhanced by quad Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be upgraded for teaming/bonding for exceptional throughput and for fault tolerance. Native support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 6 lets administrators configure an optimal blend of performance and redundancy. And because the product is designed to accommodate 3.5” SATA hard drives, available capacity can be scaled to an incredible 10TB or 20TB using disks from AIC’s validated hardware list. Two 3 Gb/s eSATA ports facilitate additional SATA expansion, extending the IP100’s scalability outside of the box.

Leveraging the Intel® Atom™ processor’s energy-efficient 45nm architecture, AIC’s IP100 boasts Open-E’s established Data Storage Server (DSS) RAID engine, which enables the scalable unified file- and block-level storage subsystem. Compatibility with the SMB/CIFS, FTP, HTTP, AppleTalk, and NFS protocols guarantee NAS interoperability, while a built-in software iSCSI initiator with optional failover function helps ensure SAN uptime as well. The standard installation supports 2TB physical and logical volumes and is upgradeable to support larger data repositories.

“Businesses of all sizes struggle to manage their constantly growing data resources,” said Brad Karlberg, director of marketing for Storage, Intel Server Platforms Group, “Standards-based solutions, like the IP100 that take advantage of the efficient performance provided by Intel architecture processors are very effective at achieving these needs.”

Advanced Industrial Computer Inc.