TWF Internet Ltd, a long-standing manufacturer of Linux-based Internet solutions, today announced the launch of their 1 terabyte file servers. These devices provide ultra-high capacity networked attached storage for PC, Mac and Unix systems.
By using state-of-the-art Intel hardware combined with high capacity hard disks and the Linux operating system, TWF Internet is able to deliver a server with 1,000Gb of RAID 5 disk space for less than £6,000 including installation.
The solution was originally designed as a storage server for TWF Internet’s Beowulf Linux Super-Computers. Comments Jason Timmins, Technical Director of TWF Internet, “A computer designed to perform hundreds of billions of floating-point operations per second needs an awful lot of data. High capacity disk sub-systems from IBM and others were just too expensive when compared to the cost of a Linux super-computer, so we had to come up with something else.”
Newly available 100Gb Ultra-IDE hard disks and IDE RAID disk controllers give the file servers all of the reliability and performance found in competing solutions but at a fifth of the price. TWF Internet even includes installation with every server so that it is correctly integrated into the network. The system administrator is then trained to use the web-based management system.
Nigel Mills, TWF Internet Managing Director comments, “Not everyone needs a terabyte of disk space but certain companies are beginning to hold that much data. We’re talking to DTP organisations that are being forced to store useful data off-line on writeable CDs; with a 1Tb server you can hold more than 1500 full CDs and keep them on-line. Another example is radio stations; they can store 350,000 MP3s on the server or record their entire output 24x7 for more than 2½ years!”
Other applications identified by TWF Internet include recording CCTV video, CAD/CAM, video production, data warehousing and super-computer applications such as simulations, environmental modelling and genetics. “These servers are great for archiving data. Anyone that is considering an optical jukebox – which are very expensive items – can now obtain a terabyte of networked attached disk storage of a fraction of the cost of a jukebox,” comments Jason Timmins.
TWF Internet's terabyte servers are available in a free standing tower configuration or in a 4U rack-mounted chassis. The rack-mount version would allow ten 1 terabyte servers to be housed in a single, full height 19” cabinet. On-going development will see servers storing more than 2Tb using current technology and much more as disk capacities continue to grow.
Nigel Mills, Managing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Timmins, Technical Director, email@example.com
Tel: 08707 430 999 Web: http://www.twfinternet.com
About TWF Internet
Formally known at The Web Foundry Ltd, TWF Internet changed its name in May 2001 to better reflect its position as a provider of innovative Internet-related services. Since 1995, TWF Internet has been providing its range of InterLinx managed Linux-based Internet access servers to businesses and schools across the UK. Recent years have seen TWF form national distribution agreements with companies in South Africa and India.
Since May, TWF Internet has launched a range of new services designed to complement InterLinx and build upon the positive relationship built with our customers. We now provide services such as opt-in bulk Emailing, PDF-based Email billing (bills sent as Acrobat PDF attachments), anti-virus/spam Email services and managed Linux web-servers in our own neutral facility in Docklands.
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