Microtest, which makes network-attached storage operating systems and appliances, has a new version (3.0) of FileZerver that sports multi-protocol file-level security, beefed up system capacity to support files as large as two terabytes, remote mirroring capability, and an “on-the-box,” interactive LCD display to facilitate system configuration and troubleshooting.
FileZerver is a Linux-based solution, but it offers browser-based support for Mac, as well as Windows NT and NetWare, users. It can support up to 1,000 individual users with no per seat license charges. According to Microtest president and CEO Vincent Hren, the “key features” of FileZerver include: Robust RAID Management that includes configurable RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5 storage group types; Integrated tape backup; Dynamic RAID Expansion that enables the system admin to increase RAID capacity by plugging new hardware into the system without taking the system down, or temporarily relocating the stored data; Remote Mirroring, which provides an additional level of data protection; LCD Keypad Display that increases overall usability, eases troubleshooting, and enables an administrator’s direct “control at the box”; Server Event Notification via SNMP Traps, which expands server event notification to include the sending of asynchronous messages to a system running SNMP management software (previous versions of FileZerver supported only e-mail notification of server events).
FileZerver is available in two form factors: a sled that can be integrated into a tower, and as a board for 19-inch rack mounting. Microtest markets FileZerver to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and integrators as a platform for building appliances that best meet their customers’ needs. OEMs and integrators can purchase FileZerver in several configurations based on varying processor and memory levels, as well as SCSI and/or IDE capabilities.