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Buffalo Americas Ships 12-Bay, 10GbE NAS Array with Flexible Capacity Options

Designed to be a high-performance storage target for SANs and other data-intensive environments, the new TeraStation 51210RH comes in partially populated models that users can scale up incrementally over time.

By Rich Freeman

Buffalo Americas Inc. has introduced a 12 bay, 2U NAS device for SMBs offering flexible, expandable capacity options.

Available for ordering immediately worldwide, the new TeraStation 51210RH is designed to serve as a cost-effective, high-performance storage repository for SANs and other data-intensive environments, according to Bill Rhodes, the Austin, Texas-based vendor’s director of channel sales.

“More so than other typical NAS units, this system was designed to be an iSCSI target powerhouse for virtualized scenarios,” he says.

Significantly, the new array comes either fully populated with 12 hard drives or partially populated with 4. Similar products from other manufacturers—including Synology Inc., the Taiwanese vendor that currently dominates the 12 bay NAS space—are typically available in fully or unpopulated models. According to Rhodes, that forces buyers with limited initial capacity requirements to choose between purchasing more storage upfront than they require or enduring the hassle of purchasing and installing HDDs separately.

“We firmly believe the partially populated option will grab the attention of resellers, as so many prefer not to deal with the frustration of selecting hard drives and managing the warranty independently of the NAS,” he says.

Both the fully and partially populated editions of the new array support 4 TB and 8 TB drives with pre-configured RAID, for faster, more consistent rollouts. Users can add drives to the partially populated SKUs one at a time as their needs increase.

The 51210RH is the latest addition to the TeraStation 5010 product family that Buffalo Americas introduced in January. Like other systems in that line, this one supports high-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking. Other performance-boosting features in the 51210RH include 8 GB of built-in memory and a quad-core processor from Annapurna Labs Inc., of Cupertino, Calif., with error checking and a correction buffer.

Optional redundant power supplies enhance the new product’s reliability, as does a “Duplex Firmware” feature that allows users to correct minor operating system problems without impacting data. Rapid RAID mode change functionality lets users rebuild drives swiftly after failures.

The MSRP for a fully populated TeraStation 51210RH units with 4 TB drives is $7,499.99, and rises to $11,999.99 for models with 8 TB drives. Partially populated units with 4 and 8 TB HDDs sell for $3,699.99 and $5,499.99 respectively.

Buffalo Americas introduced the more modestly scaled TeraStation 3010 product line for SMBs with up to 25 users in January as well.

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