SOURCE: D-Link Systems, Inc.

March 19, 2008 06:00 ET

D-Link Introduces 8-Bay iSCSI Storage Solution for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Newest xStack™ Storage Array Offers Affordable Data Backup, Easy Configuration and Management

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today introduced the newest member in its xStack™ Storage series product line for small- to medium-sized businesses seeking a reliable, economical network data storage solution and enhanced data recovery with the 8-bay iSCSI SAN Array capable of handling more than 80,000 input/outputs (I/Os) per second.

The D-Link® xStack Storage SAN Array (DSN-2100-10) is based on the same powerful System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design found in larger arrays, such as the DSN-3000 series, but housed in a smaller chassis with 8 hot-swappable drive bays. Utilizing a 10Gbit iSCSI SoC solution capable of supporting up to 8TBs* of raw capacity using 1TB hard drives (more with larger drives as they become available), the DSN-2100-10 SAN Array can easily be implemented as near-line storage or as a supplement to a primary backup and recovery device.

The DSN-2100-10 iSCSI SAN Array implements four 1GbE ports and supports IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Groups (LAG) for full offload capability so that all four ports can be grouped together, totaling up to 425MB/s bandwidth, for increased throughput and redundancy.

"This tightly integrated xStack Storage Area Network architecture is in sharp contrast to the discrete implementation of competing products. Our stand-alone DSN-2100 targets the needs of growing companies that have outgrown Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and are now seeing a turnkey solution for storage expansion," said AJ Wang, chief technology officer of D-Link. "With our new DSN-2100 unit we are providing a flexible SAN with easy configuration and management."

Key Features and Benefits

--  Reliability:  Will auto-detect a failed drive and rebuild with a
    spare drive in the drive pool. Redundant power supplies provide added
    system failure protection.
--  User-Friendly: Multi-drive storage solutions that are as easy to
    manage as a single hard drive on the system. The DSN-2100 has a built-in IP-
    SAN Device Manager (IDM) with an easy-to-understand Graphical User
    Interface (GUI) to create, manage, expand and monitor the storage pool,
    volumes and RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks).
--  Flexibility: Up to 8TB* of storage capacity with 1TB hard drives.
    Larger drives will be supported as they become available.
--  Scalability: To add more storage, simply plug a drive into an empty
    bay.  As higher capacity hard drives are introduced, xStack Storage's
    overall capacity will increase accordingly.
--  Speed: Four 1GbE ports are supported on the DSN-2100; most
    competitors typically have one or two. These 4 ports can be aggregated for
    4GbE throughput.
--  Compatibility: The xStack Storage Family supports RAID levels 0, 1,
    2, 1+0, 5 and JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) using SATA-I or SATA-II (Serial
    Advanced Technology Attachment) hard drives.
--  Durability:  The robust chassis of the DSN-2100 is designed for
    strength and durability.
--  Firmware Recovery: Two complete firmware sets are kept in flash
    memory. If update fails to load, then the unit can revert to a previous
--  Innovation: The DSN-2100 is the industry's first SAN array to
    incorporate System on a Chip (SoC) technology.
--  Value: Reduction of DAS (Direct Attached Storage) data kept in
    expensive online storage for an overall economical all-in-one solution..
    Most competitors use discrete components and assemble them into a solution.
    D-Link's SoC (System on a Chip) solution allows D-Link to reduce the cost
    of  SAN solutions with the removal of several component devices normally
    required in discrete implementations.
--  Ease-of use: Smaller businesses often lack the knowledge for
    deploying and managing a Fibre Channel SAN. iSCSI allows them to leverage
    their existing Ethernet skill set.

Price and Availability

The D-Link DSN-2100-10 (MSRP $5,299.99) will be available in April, 2008 through D-Link's network of value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and distributors, and at D-Link's online store,

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, Calif., 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet

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