updated 10:25 pm EDT, Mon July 28, 2008
New NAS supports gamers
Sans Digital has announced a new network attached storage (NAS) server with RAID and direct attach options, supporting connections to gaming systems. It is available in silver, the MobileNAS MN4L+, and black, the MobileNAS MN4L+B. The server offers digital media playback for the PlayStation (both PlayStation 2 and 3) and Xbox over UPnP and DLNA protocols, adding value to its home server appeal. It provides a Gigabit Ethernet NAS connection and can also be used as direct attached storage over an iSCSI connection. In addition to the iSCSI support, the unit also offers eSATA, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.
The MN4L+(B) supports Mac-based networks, along with Windows and Linux. It is available in both colors now for $700 as a bare case with no hard drives, and up to $1850 in a 4x1TB hard drive configuration.
The four-bay tower uses an Intel Pentium M CPU with 512MB of DDR RAM. The MobileNAS MN4L+(B) supports RAID levels 0 (striping), 1 (mirroring), 0+1, 5 and 6. The MobileNAS MN4L+(B) includes enterprise-level features, including snapshots and NAS-to-NAS folder replication.