Express Stor . . . The First Windows Powered Application Specific NAS Sever To Manage Data Through Its Life Cycle

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Express Stor, a Microsoft Windows 2003 Network Attached Storage (NAS) server, incorporates all the software and hardware required to manage all aspects of an application's information life cycle Â? from inception to disposal Â? across multiple types of media. MDI's unique approach offers an optimized storage management tool created from the combination of a basic storage design with several differentiating feature/functions and the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry.

Micro Design International, Inc.® (MDI) announces the availability of Express Stor. It’s the only Microsoft Windows 2003 Network Attached Storage (NAS) server to incorporate all the software and hardware required to manage all aspects of an application’s information life cycle – from inception to disposal – across multiple types of media. MDI’s unique approach offers an optimized storage management solution created from the combination of a basic storage design with differentiating features/functions and the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry.

The initial release – one to two terabyte capacity NAS servers scalable to 64 terabytes – is the worlds first fully integrated, easy to install solution that attaches directly to any network to perform automated storage management functions. Express Stor is designed to act as a data storage target for a variety of other applications. Optional built-in local applications – backup, replication, email archiving and fixed content management capabilities – differentiate it from other systems available today. This ready to use solution is ideal for storage consolidation, enhanced backup, disaster recovery and data retention for regulatory compliance.

Specific application functionality includes:

  •      Server Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape Backup
  •     Client Side (User) Transparent Backup
  •     Scheduled and Automated Email Archive
  •     Centralized File Sharing (Windows, MAC, Linux, Unix)
  •     Remote Disaster Recovery
  •     Fixed Content Management Using - CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, Blue Laser, UDO or WORM Tape

Express Stor includes a welcome level of integration and is a robust, affordable data continuity solution. It reduces the time, cost, and complexity of recovering from a data disaster. The power and flexibility of this self-contained storage server makes it an ideal centralized storage management solution for small to medium sized businesses. The performance and availability features of the Express Stor are unprecedented in mid-range products.

Simplified Network Storage Management:

The Express Stor Series of servers is built on all of the inherent strengths of Microsoft Windows 2003 Storage Server. It was designed to make storage automation transparent to the end user.

Express Stor provides users with a method of accessing information on a network without bypassing security protocols or installing client software. “Express Stor combined with Microsoft Windows 2003 delivers the solid, dependable performance required when managing storage as a network resource.” stated Joseph Ballard, MDI Director of Business Development. “It attaches anywhere on a network via an Ethernet port and offers an effective answer for most requirements. Express Stor moves storage to a specialized device and frees general-purpose servers to service other applications and tasks more efficiently. Removing storage access and management from the general-purpose application server allows both applications and data to be served faster and eliminates the competition for the same processing resources that significantly decrease user productivity and throughput. Express Stor also greatly reduces the total cost of ownership of storage capacity over general-purpose server storage.” said Ballard.

Pricing and Availability:

The initial release of Express Stor – a self-contained system – includes backup, replication and CD-ROM/DVD-ROM media management capabilities. List pricing starts at less than $10,000 and includes a one-year warranty program for both hardware and software. Express Stor is sold by MDI’s authorized distributors and their network of qualified resellers. Additional information is available from the company’s web site,

About Us:

MDI, headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, is a leading manufacturer of data network storage management products that simplify storage management for departmental computing environments. The combination of leading edge storage appliances and software with the latest hardware, gives customers freedom of choice when building a custom storage solution. MDI products are available worldwide through a vast network of resellers and distributors. MDI has a long-standing and diverse range of satisfied customers including Fortune 500 businesses, all levels of government agencies, numerous educational institutions, hundreds of law and accounting firms, and an abundance of other installations across all industries around the globe.

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