Aiwa boosts tape, RAID subsystems
Aiwa America`s Computer Systems Division adds two Travan tape drives, an autoloader, and a compact RAID subsystem to its product lineup. The first product, the TD-80001 Travan NS8 tape drive, transfers data at speeds up to 90MB per minute and stores up to 8GB (compressed) on a single minicartridge. The TD-8001 incorporates a read-while-write feature that eliminates the need for a separate data verification pass to improve overall backup speed. The drive is backward read compatible with previous QIC and Travan formats, such as QIC-3020, QIC-3010, and QIC-80. The drive has a SCSI interface and an onboard 2MB buffer. The TD-8000 is available to OEMs, resellers and distributors at a list price of $399.
The second tape drive, the TD-20001 Travan NS20, features a 2.5MBps data transfer rate (in compressed mode) and 20GB capacity, and is designed for use with PC servers in small-office LANs and workgroups. Price: $549.
Also available is the AL-D310 DDS-3 AutoLoader. This 17-cartridge product provides up to 408GB of automatic backup. The AL-D310 incorporates a DDS-3 drive, which has an access time of less than 45 seconds and a 2.4MBps transfer rate (with data compression). The AL-D310 is also available in a single-drive configuration, featuring backup times as high as 144MB per minute. The AL-D310 will be available next month at a list price of $6,495.
Aiwa also introduced the MicroArray III RAID subsystem. The subsystem combines three 3.5-inch IDE drives and a built-in RAID controller into a disk array that fits in a standard 5.25-inch full-height drive bay. The array provides capacities from 10GB to more than 100GB (when several systems are daisy chained). It uses an UltraSCSI interface to achieve a data transfer rate of up to 40MBps. The MicroArray III comes with ArrayView, a graphical user interface (GUI), and internal self-monitoring analysis and support (SMART), which warns users of potential drive failure. Prices start at $4,500.