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Digistore develops hybrid NAS

Posted: 09 Dec 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NAS  network-attached storage  Blu-ray 

Digistore Solutions, a supplier of data and information management products and solutions, has developed a next-generation hybrid network-attached storage (NAS)—Centurion iServe – which can connect seamlessly with optical technology for keeping frequently accessed data on the network and automatically transfer ageing content to Blu-ray optical media as archives.

"It protects important archived information from accidental erasure, unauthorised modification, data corruption, or viruses for 50 years or more," the company claimed.

The NAS prototype has the capability to connect with Blu-ray storage library, Centurion iHub. "This marked success in building the world's first next-generation NAS prototype that can be configured either as a standard NAS or as a NAS host system with enhanced Blu-ray optical storage capabilities."

By pooling high-capacity Blu-ray (BDXL) storage, the Centurion iHub creates storage up to 10TB per system. The Centurion iHub incorporates "groundbreaking features and enterprise scalability—making it an ideal choice for corporation struggling to find a cost effective, long-term storage solution for growing volumes of persistent data." By leveraging on a distributed processing architecture, the Centurion iHub uses less than 10 per cent of the power consumption required for a disc-based archive solution.

"Optical has the advantage over tape of random versus sequential access. That is very important in retrieving information that is indexed," said Victor Foo, chief executive officer, Digistore Solutions. "Optical has the advantages over disc in that it can be natively WORM (which means that you have hardware-based immutability rather than software or firmware-based immutability of disc) and can be removable (in case you wish to move optical media to another site). Blu-ray including other optical storage might survive a flood, like in Thailand, whereas water will damage magnetic tape and disc. Optical is still the best form of storage for preserving valuable records and historical data. It provides best protection against virus threats."

Digistore anticipates to commercially launching the Centurion iServe and Centurion iHub during fiscal 2012.

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