Data and archive management software and hardware developer StorageQuest Inc. has announced the public availability of the StorageQuest Optical Network Appliance (ONA). The ONA is the first and only enterprise grade optical writing appliance.
This new hardware product provides high throughput archiving over the network to an array of four to twenty warm-swappable BD-XL (100GB) capable Blu-Ray drives. The device is able to provide network based iSCSI connectivity to the included StorageQuest Optical Volume Manager (OVM) software and allow concurrent read/write access to up to eight discs in parallel.
StorageQuest has released four models of the ONA to satisfy the needs of different environments. All models have an LCD + Keypad for setup and management and warm-swappable optical drive bays for no-downtime drive replacements and upgrades.
The desktop models ONA-D-4 and ONA-D-8 are pre-loaded with 4 and 8 drives (respectively). The desktop units are whisper quiet and intended for medium archive throughput and mobile sites. The rack mount model (ONA-R-12 and ONA-R-20) are pre-loaded with 12 and 20 drives (respectively) and is intended for high-throughput archiving applications. The rack mount version also contains redundant power supplies. Pricing from $8,995 USD includes the OVM management software.
“The newly announced Optical Network Appliance is a powerful and complete optical archiving system,” says Brendan Lelieveld-Amiro, Director of Product Development and Operations. “It is perfect for customers that do not require near-line storage capacity but do demand high-throughput archiving to long-term compliant Blu-Ray media.”
“The desktop model is ideal for addressing the need for portable optical archiving, especially in law enforcement and security sectors,” according to Marwan Zyad, CEO and Founder of StorageQuest Inc.
A video surveillance archival solution including StorageQuest ONA, StorageQuest OVM and Milestone XProtect software will be demonstrated at the Milestone Systems Booth #11075 at the upcoming International Security Conference (ISC West) being held in Las Vegas from March 28th to March 30th, 2012.