Buffalo Technology Offers Easy-to-Expand iSCSI to the Channel

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The TeraStation Pro II iSCSI storage system combines the features of Network Attached Storage (NAS) with high performance of Storage Area Networking (SAN) by embracing both technologies and creating a device that promises to be the SAN solution for the SMB market.

Storage is a lot like closet space, you can never have enough and as soon as you think you do, you find more stuff to put in there. Then Buffalo Technology asked the question, "What if your closets could grow?" The company answered that question with the TeraStation Pro II iSCSI Storage Solution, a SAN solution in NAS clothing.

The TeraStation Pro II iSCSI Storage Solution was designed from the outset to bring affordable, high-speed storage to networks of any size, with a slant towards small businesses. The small, toaster-sized unit can house four drives as large as one terabyte each - bringing the total internal capacity to four terabytes, which can be further increased by adding additional USB external hard drives. The internal drives employ SATA technology to speed data transfers and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port brings gigabit Ethernet speed to the device.

With those specs, one would think the device is all about speed, but there is much more to the Buffalo’s product than that. Of course, fast transfer rates are important for busy networks, but one has to consider many other factors when choosing a networkable storage appliance. For example, ease of administration, expansion and resiliency all come to mind as critical criteria.

For resiliency, the unit supports several RAID modes, including levels 0, 1, 5, 10 and for maximum space a JBOD mode. Maximum protection comes from RAID 1, which mirrors the drives, while RAID 10 combines RAID 1 mirroring with RAID 0 striping, which boosts speeds without reducing data protection. Most users will want to choose RAID 10 as the best compromise between storage space, resiliency and speed, while those seeking the maximum amount of storage will want to go the JBOD route.


Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com