July 31, 2006

DPS-Arco introduces one-button disk mirroring

Data Protection Solutions by Arco recently introduced the eSATA RAID+, the latest addition to its EzRAID line of continuous backup products. The eSATA RAID+ enables users to maintain two exact up-to-the-minute copies of their data drives regardless of the size of their files.
The eSATA RAID+ is an external RAID 1 disk mirroring device designed to hold two Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. Users slip their drives into the unit's two caddies and connect the device via a provided eSATA cable (and optional use eSATA connector.) With the push of a button, the eSATA RAID+ begins writing to both drives simultaneously. A mirror system can be created by installing two new drives or by having the eSATA RAID+ copy all data from an existing drive to a second drive. Either process will result in the data on both drives being identical and remaining so as additional data is saved to the drives. No further user intervention is required.

If a drive fails, an alarm will sound, but the computer will remain up and running and all applications and/or data will continue to be accessible. The failed drive can be hot-swapped (without powering down the system). The eSATA RAID+ will copy the data from the existing drive to the new drive in background and establish a new mirror system.

Use of the eSATA RAID+ is not limited to disaster prevention. In project-based situations, the second drive may be removed and archived or sent immediately to the client when the project is completed.

The eSATA RAID+ provides visual feedback via front panel lights and an LCD panel. More technically savvy users can further fine-tune the system by means of DPS-Arco's Windows and Linux-based management utilities, which facilitate tasks such as monitoring the condition of remote or inaccessible computer systems.

The eSATA RAID+ operates independently of the computer hardware and operating system, requires no bus slot or IRQ, and has no need for a TSR setting or any device drivers. It is RoHs-compliant and will function under a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows, DOS, Linux, OS/2, Unix, Solaris, and NetWare. It is compatible with all brands and sizes of SATA drives.

Data Protection Solutions by Arco specializes in drive-to-drive technology products, including RAID 1 disk mirroring hardware, drive copiers, drive backup hardware and software and OEM solutions. Visit their Website at www.arcoide.com