Buffalo heads into the enterprise

News Channel Pro Jan 16, 2013

New 7000 series takes SoHo NAS leader upmarket

NAS vendor Buffalo has launched a new product family that claims to be its first enterprise-class storage range.

The TeraStation 7000 series scales up to 24TB and includes iSCSI, hot-swap drives and quad gigabit Ethernet ports supporting link aggregation. Starting at a sub £3000 RRP for an 8TB model, the 7000 series is also the first from the vendor to support add-on PCI-Express cards and approved upgrade devices.

Buffalo has traditionally dominated the lower end SMB market started to go SME with the launch of its 5000 series last year. With the new range, Paul Hudson, sales director for Northern Europe at Buffalo (pictured) stresses that the existing TeraStation 5000 series is not scheduled for discontinuation and that the firm is planning “2 or 3 announcements on expansions and updates” to the TS5000 series in the next few weeks.

The new 12-bay, 2 rack unit is based around an Intel Xeon quad core processors, upgradeable DDR3 RAM and enterprise-class hard drive configurations. Buffalo claim the unit is capable of running replication and backup jobs in the background without impacting on performance. Although higher end, the full roster of Buffalo's UK distributors will stocking the 7000 series including C2000, Micro P and Ingram Micro.

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