Deployable Network Attached Storage from NextComputing Tackles Tough Data Management Challenges Outside the Data Center

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D-NAS from NextComputing solves the challenge of managing large amounts of important data in the field by allowing high-bandwidth data to be captured and analyzed directly at the source and to be easily moved off-site after collection.

NextComputing, a leading provider of portable servers and storage appliances, announces its new line of Deployable Network Attached Storage (D-NAS) solutions. Designed for data-intensive storage scenarios, the new D-NAS series of portable storage appliances offers high-capacity, high-speed, redundant storage with Fibre Channel and 10G network connectivity in compact, easily transportable configurations.

Mission-critical applications such as seismic data collection, geospatial imagery analysis, and network traffic recording require large amounts of high-speed storage. In most cases this data is collected and stored in a fixed location such as a data center or central office. However, in many cases this valuable data needs to be gathered at or close to the source. In these situations data must either be analyzed or manipulated in the field, or physically moved to another location for further processing. Transporting traditional enterprise NAS hardware is impractical for these deployed situations, and typical portable computers such as laptops are simply not designed for storage.

D-NAS from NextComputing solves these problems by allowing high-bandwidth data to be captured and analyzed directly at the source, or to be easily moved off-site after collection. Additionally, the ability to quickly transport sensitive data is ideal for disaster recovery scenarios, particularly for government agencies.

D-NAS relies on industry-leading storage controller technology from LSI(R) Corporation, specifically, all D-NAS systems include LSI MegaRAID® high port-count 6Gb/s SATA+SAS RAID controller cards as the backbone for their internal storage arrays.

“As the industry leader in RAID controller technology, we have a deep understanding of data storage needs across various markets,” said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing, LSI.. “With its D-NAS series of transportable NAS products, with integrated LSI MegaRAID controllers, we believe NextComputing offers a compelling way to solve data management problems for its customers who need true enterprise-class storage performance and data protection in remote environments.”

The D-NAS series is based on “FleXtreme”, NextComputing’s high-performance, dense computing architecture that powers many of its flagship server and workstation products, and which allows the company to condense true enterprise-level computing into very small packages. Form-factors include an all-in-one briefcase chassis, with or without a built-in 17-inch display, or a 3U rackmount chassis with optional rugged transit case and 1U keyboard/monitor drawer. And because FleXtreme design is based entirely on open-standards chipsets and processors, users can run other applications on D-NAS systems unrestricted, realizing better total value than “closed box” solutions by functioning as multi-purpose servers.

About NextComputing

Based in Nashua, NH, NextComputing is a unique technology company specializing in extreme-performance portables and dense streaming rackmount computers. Its open-standards, modular systems are used throughout many industries for a range of professional applications including real-time 3D visualization, high-throughput data streaming, and high-end application demonstration. Visit http://www.nextcomputing.com for more information.

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