MicroNet Expands MaxNAS Product Line with Scalable 8, 16 Terabyte Rackmount Units for SMBs

New MaxNAS 4R and 8R NAS with iSCSI network appliances Provide Unified Network Storage

TORRANCE, CA - MicroNet Technology, a leading provider of storage solutions that small and medium businesses and enterprises (SMBs) (SMEs) can rely on, today announced an extension to its MaxNAS product line with the introduction of the first rackmount MaxNAS units, providing scalable, high-density networked storage with the affordability and reliability demanded by small and medium sized businesses and enterprises.

The new MaxNAS 1u and 2u hold four and eight 3.5-inch SATA drives respectively. and can be configured with 1 or 2 terabyte drives, delivering up to 16 TBs of shared storage capacity for the most demanding storage-centric applications. The new MaxNAS appliances are stackable, allowing up to six devices to be connected in a rack and managed as a single volume, making capacity expansion quick and easy and giving administrators the ability to manage 96 TBs as a single, high density network storage pool.

The built-in iSCSI targets provides an affordable IP SAN alternative for SMB and SME. When configured you can set up the servers to access the device as direct-attached-storage over LAN or Internet via the high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection and enabling network administrator to centrally manage and deploy storage for their entire network.

The MaxNAS 4R and 8R rackmount storage appliances are engineered to meet the demanding 24/7 uptime requirements for SMB shared network storage. Critical components - including drive bays, power supplies and cooling fans - are redundant and hot-swappable. Dual Gig-E ports on both the MaxNAS 4R and 8R enable continuous up time with auto failover and load balancing across the connections. Multiple RAID levels are supported, including RAID-6, ensuring continued access and data integrity even in the rare case of dual drive failures.

The new MaxNAS products are also ideal storage platforms to support IP-based video surveillance applications. Leveraging dual Gig-E connections with link aggregation, the MaxNAS 4R and 8R are equipped with the bandwidth to handle IP video feeds from multiple cameras, making them the perfect network storage appliance for one the one of the fastest growing market opportunities in data storage. According to IP Video Market Info, video surveillance storage revenue is projected to average double-digit growth over the next four years and reach $2.95 Billion in 2013.

"With the unrelenting growth in email archives, databases and digital content there is nothing small about the storage capacity challenges facing SMBs and SMEs today," said Adi Antariksa, Director of Sales -RAID Products at MicroNet. "The new MaxNAS R4 and R8 are optimized to meet the needs of SMB and SME storage environments with designs that allow customers to protect their storage hardware investment and grow storage with the business."

Both the MaxNAS R4 and R8 NAS appliances support Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux and other environments. The MaxNAS devices give users the option to configure the storage systems with Linux-based ext3 file system or ZFS file systems based on their individual requirements. The ZFS file system also supports snapshot functions, allowing MaxNAS users to implement version control and efficiently create and restore remote backups.

The Nsync remote data backup application, enabling the automatic upload of files to an external storage device at a designated time. Files can be automatically backed up from field offices to a central office site or replicated to a remote site for disaster recovery purposes.

Additional features include:
• RAID-0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD
• Multiple RAID Set with Auto Rebuild, SMART
• Jumbo Frame Support
• AES 256 Volume based Data Encryption
• Digital Audio Access Protocol Server for iTunes
• UPnP Media Server - Photo WEB server
• Multiple expansion ports: USB 2.0, eSATA, PCI-e
• Printer Server Support with Internet Printing Protocol for USB printers
• Power Management with Disk Spindown for Energy Cost Savings

Pricing and Availability
The MaxNAS R4 and R8 are currently available with pricing starting at $1,679.00 for a 4-TB MaxNAS R4 to $5,195.00 for 16TB MaxNAS R8 . The products are distributed through Ingram Micro and available through the Ingram partner channel.

About MicroNet Technology and Fantom Drives
For 20 years, Torrance, California-based MicroNet and Fantom Drives have manufactured a full range of storage solutions that customers can rely on. From the affordable G-Force line of desktop products to high-performance RAID and NAS solutions. MicroNet and Fantom Drives continue to lead the industry in reliability, quality, performance and value. Their award-winning storage solutions include G-Force External Hard Drives, RAIDBank4 and Platinum RAID Disk Arrays, PlatinumNAS and MaxNAS Network Attached Storage (NAS), Optical Drives and a complete range of accessories. For product and reseller information, contact MicroNet and Fantom Drives, at phone: 310-320-7272, fax: 310-328-0202, or on the World Wide Web at www.micronet.com or www.fantomdrives.com