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Networking solutions provider D-Link announced the release of the DAP-2565 AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point with Plenum-Rated Chassis powered by CloudCommand, designed for indoor plenum deployment in above-ceiling airspace installations. The company also unveiled the DSN-4000 Series xStack Storage iSCSI SAN Array, which supports mixing nonproprietary SAS and SATA disk drives of various manufacturers, capacities and speeds. The two appliances are aimed at small to midsize businesses.

As a new member of the D-Link Cloud-Managed Access Point family, the DAP-2565 delivers features including IEEE 802.11n performance, Power Over Ethernet (PoE) support for installation in areas where power outlets are not readily available, and secure guest access and control privileges for individual users. The DAP-2565 is available for $615.99 with a one-year Cloud Service subscription and a renewal price of $99.99 per year for each access point.

The DAP-2565 also utilizes CloudCommand, which allows end users and value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to set up, secure and remotely manage wireless networks with multiple access points through a cloud portal. In addition, the DAP-2565 s plenum-rated metal chassis meets requirements to be flame retardant and have low smoke production for placement in air passageways.

Features include selectable dual-band 2.4/5GHz for flexible IEEE 802.11n performance of up to 300M bps; integrated 802.3af PoE2 support; secure, segregated guest access and control privileges for each user; central management capabilities designed to improve uptime and cost-effectiveness; and a one-year subscription to CloudCommand cloud service.

“Purchasing and managing a secure enterprise-class cloud solution can often be a daunting task for small and medium-sized businesses due to limited IT resources,” said Joe Melfi, product manager of D-Link s cloud business solutions division. “However, the DAP-2565 access point, along with D-Link s entire family of Cloud-Managed solutions, meets the needs of these small business environments, offering unsurpassed performance, robust security and central management capabilities at an affordable price.”

The DSN-4000 series SAN array offers advanced volume virtualization capabilities–any available disk capacity can be used by any requesting volume; volume expansion, reconfiguration and migration can be implemented on the fly without interruption to data access; and drives are not bay-specific, while disk roaming between different xStack Storage SAN array models is supported.

“Storage vendors often offer solutions based on proprietary architectures, which can be restricting for small-to-medium sized businesses,” said Liz Conner, senior research analyst for IT research firm IDC’s storage systems and personal storage division. “D-Link’s open architecture provides businesses with the opportunity to choose from a variety of drive manufacturers in order to scale storage networks in a manner that best fits their performance, capacity and budgetary needs.”

To read the original eWeek article, click here: D-Link Releases SAN Array, WiFi Access Point