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Acer America Corp. announced it has extended its line of server and storage solutions for the U.S. market to include a family of storage systems for small to medium-sized business (SMB) and midmarket applications. The storage systems are integrated with Acer’s server solutions and are designed to help customers manage escalating storage growth while optimizing data security and availability for Microsoft Exchange Server, VMware, databases and other business applications.

Acer’s expanded storage offering is the result of the company’s partnership with Hitachi Data Systems, and includes the AS2040 storage system and the Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 (AMS 2000) family of scalable storage systems.

The AS2040 storage arrays support up to 180 terabytes (TB) of data using multiple RAID levels and offers data security capabilities through a symmetric active-active architecture. Load balancing logic monitors controller workloads, and users can configure systems with mixed tiers of SAS and SATA drives. The SAS backend design provides switch point-to-point connectivity to disk drives, and support for more than 2,000 logical volumes. Data availability is further enhanced through on-line microcode updates and redundant, hot-swappable spares.

The AMS 2000 family includes the AMS 2100 and AMS 2300 systems. The AMS 2100 system supports up to 512 virtual server ports and scalable capacity up to 236 terabytes, while the AMS 2300 supports up to 2048 virtual server ports and 472 terabytes of capacity. The Hi-Track Remote Monitoring system provides round-the-clock system diagnostics, and Hitachi TrueCopy Remote Replication software provides a continuous, non-disruptive, host-independent remote data replication solution for disaster recovery, data retention or data migration over any distance.

The company noted price depends on configuration and base configurations (five hard drives), and begins at $11,699 for the Acer Hitachi AS2040 storage array, $18,499 for the Acer Hitachi AMS 2100 storage array, and $31,499 for the Acer Hitachi AMS 2300 storage array. Like Acer’s companion server line, all Acer and jointly branded Acer Hitachi storage products are available only through indirect sales channels.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Acer, Hitachi Data Systems Partner on Server and Storage Platform.