Maxtor gives external hard disk SMB touch

Maxtor has added additional features to its award-winning OneTouch II hard drive to create what it claims is a one-of-a-kind server back-up solution for small firms.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 11, 2005

Maxtor has added additional features to its award-winning OneTouch II hard drive to create what it claims is a one-of-a-kind server back-up solution for small firms. The firm’s new Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition drive offers automatic back-ups, quick restore features, remote notification, and simple storage management for business users who run Windows-based small business servers. Although on paper it is available in just one capacity, of 200GB, the drive can in fact back-up 300GB of compressed business files, accounting records, e-mails and so on, automatically every day, meaning users don’t need to repeatedly swap tapes, CDs or DVDs full of data. Designed to meet the needs of the least technical and smallest of firms, the OneTouch II Small Business Edition has been designed with no complex menus or commands, and Maxtor claims no in-depth technical knowledge is required to set it up. Users just plug the drive in to their small business server - using the included USB 2.0 cable – then install and walk through Maxtor’s set-up software wizard. If left at its default setting, the drive will back-up everything on a server’s local disk drives each night at 10pm, though users can of course set their own back-up schedule too. Remote notification is provided by way of simple red light/green light desktop icons on a networked PC, as well as e-mail notification to communicate the completion of backups. The drive comes integrated with an exclusive version of EMC Dantz Retrospect Express HD Server software with open file back-up support, a feature usually only available in more expensive enterprise back-up packages. This feature helps protect database applications that must run 24x7 or files accidentally left open at the end of the day. Maxtor's SMB drive also features its own simple drive management interface, as well as Maxtor DriveLock technology, which users can use to password protect the drive's contents. “Small business owners know that they should be backing up their data, just like they know they should be flossing their teeth, but not everyone does it,” said Ray Boggs, vice president, Small/Medium Business Research at IDC. “Only about 40% of small businesses regularly back-up and keep it in a safe location, which speaks to the need of an affordable, easy-to-use solution such as the new Maxtor small business drive.” “As the leader in innovative pushbutton back-up and storage, it’s important to provide our customers with a solution that protects the data they’ve worked so hard to build,” added Stacey Lund, vice president of marketing for Maxtor’s Branded Products Group. In launching its SMB drive, Maxtor highlighted the thoughts of third-party vendor National Technical Systems (NTS), which tested the new drive and subsequently reported that it couldcan back-up 50GB of server data up to 4.5 times faster than when using a tape-based solution. The Maxtor OneTouch II Small Business Edition is priced $599.95 and will be available from retailers, resellers and online later this month.

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