Buffalo America has just introduced their latest storage offering and this time it isn’t an NAS but a DAS instead. DAS stands for direct attached storage and it’s as such directly connected to another system instead of sharing the stored data over the network like an NAS does. Other than that, it’s a lot of the same.
The new Buffalo DAS is the DriveStation Ultra, a 10-bay system that connects through Thunderbolt 2 and comes as equipped with either ten 4TB NAS drives or ten 8TB Helium filled Enterprise drives. Thanks to the Thunderbolt 2 connection, this DAS can achieve up to 1243 MB/s write speeds in RAID 0.
This DAS could very well be the perfect storage solution for people who work with a lot of large files such as 4K videos or CAD projects. You should have the best possible storage and speed with a unit like that.
If one shouldn’t be enough storage, then attach some more. The Mac Pro comes with six Thunderbolt 2 ports and you can daisy-chain up to six DriveStation Ultras per port. With enough money, you could attach an incredible 2.88 Petabytes of storage to a single Mac Pro. Impressive, but not cheap.
The DriveStation Ultra has an MSRP of $4799.99 for the 40 TB model or $9999.99 for the 80 TB model. It is available now at D&H and at other Buffalo Americas distribution and reseller partners.
Desktop form factor with 10 hard drives provides up to 80 TB of storage within easy reach
40 TB model features 10 NAS hard drives and 80 TB model features 10 helium-filled enterprise hard drives optimized for continuous operation
Multiple I/O interface support to deliver maximum flexibility and compatibility for Mac and PC users, including two Thunderbolt 2 ports, one eSATA port and one USB 3.0 port and corresponding cables
RAID 0, RAID 5 and RAID 6 options allow users the flexibility to maximize capacity or protect data with RAID redundancy
Three-year warranty and 24/7 U.S.-based technical support
Data security is more important than ever, especially for companies who work with a lot of personal details about their customers. Buffalo announced a new external hard drive that doesn’t just come with great physical resistance, it also packs the latest in digital protection. Buffalo’s new portable hard drive is called the MiniStation Extreme NFC and it will be available as both a 1TB and a 2TB version.
The drive has been tested and passed the US military drop test where it can withstand bumps and drops from a height of up to 1.2 meters. The ruggedized chassis and specialized internal bumpers absorb and transfer the shock away from the drive itself. It has also passed the IPX3 test to prove that it can withstand water and splashes and the IPX5 test for dust protection.
The digital side doesn’t just bring a 256-bit AES Full Data Encryption to protect sensitive data, it also comes with an included NFC smart card to protect and unlock the files. You don’t need to remember any passwords and you can ship the card and drive separately for additional protection.
“When examining the rugged portable drive market, many of our competitors focus on being the best at a single metric of device protection while sacrificing other data security capabilities,” said Matt Dargis, COO, Buffalo Americas, Inc. “We designed the MiniStation Extreme NFC to be the most complete rugged portable drive on the market, including features that not only protect against the elements, but also support the latest hardware encryption technology and NFC secure access functionality. We packaged all of this functionality into a sleek, compact design that sets it apart from the competition.”
The MiniStation Extreme NFC comes with an integrated flex connect cable and connects through USB 3.0 for maximum transfer speeds.
The new Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is available now for an MSRP of $129.99 for the 1TB model (HD-PZN1.0U3B) and $199.99 for the 2TB model (HD-PZN2.0U3B). Both are backed by a three-year warranty and comes bundled with TurboPC EX2, Backup Utility, Formatter2, and Lock and Go for NFC.
Hybrid drives are starting to become a commonplace on the component market as a suitable upgrade solution for those wanting a drive with the capacity of a hard drive, but with read speeds that are more in the regions of a solid state drive. Keeping up with this new trend, Buffalo Technology has unveiled a new class of external hard drive which features a DRAM cache to offer faster read speeds to commonly accessed data.
Unlike an internal hybrid drive however, the HD-PGDU3’s cached area is not a true solid state partition with the cached data being held on volatile DRAM memory which is kept alive by an internal battery. Naturally this means that after a period of time the battery will run out of power and the cached data will be lost, however Buffalo do provide a small battery meter and in addition to providing the cache with power, the battery also ensures that there is no data corruption in the event of the drive being disconnected from the host device too early.
Two models of the drive will be available at launch with 500GB and 1TB capacities with both drives offering 1GB of DRAM cache backed by a lithium-ion battery. USB3.0 connectivity ensures the cached data can be accessed as fast as possible with speed of up to 400MB/s on offer.
There is no word on pricing or availability as of yet, but with Computex on the horizon we suspect any further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
Compared to USB2.0 flash drives, the faster and more spacious USB3.0 drives are typically still a lot bigger than their older siblings and due to their size, they are not always the most convenient items to have around. As a solution to the problem we saw USB2.0 drive shrink right down to the nano scale a year or two back, meaning that they can be left plugged into a USB port on a notebook system for example and almost forgotten about. Their small size means that the worry of knocking them and consequently breaking them is no longer around.
Until now though USB3.0 drives have not had the benefit of the compact form factor, however this is now about to change as Buffalo announce the launch of their RUF3-PS series of USB3.0 drives. Protruding out only 5.2mm from the host system, the tiny drives will offer read speeds of up to 121MB/s in capacities ranging from a budget friendly 8GB, right up to a healthy 64GB. Additionally the drives will be available in red, black and silver to match in with your notebook system, or stand out in red if that is what you fancy. Initially the drives will only be available in Japan at the end of this month, starting at around $21 USD / 2,100 Yen for the 8GB drives, rising up to around $87 USd / 8,900 Yen for the 64GB model. Availability outside of Japan is yet to be announced at this moment in time.