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Accordance Systems has unveiled the ARAID M200 RAID 1 controller that provides back-up and security capabilities for industrial and embedded applications where 100 per cent uptime is essential.

By using the ARAID M200 system, integrators and solution developers can design in reliable RAID back-up in a compact 1U height.

During operation, all data is copied to two 2.5in disks seated in the ARAID M200.

If either drive fails, the system continues running on the surviving drive and alerts of the event.

There is no downtime for the system.

Replacing the failed drive is via the ARAID sliding drive trays, which can be changed while the system is running.

Using the M200, it is possible to have two hard drives in the space usually occupied by a single 3.5in desktop hard drive or a CD/DVD drive.

All Bios and operating systems view the ARAID as a simple drive and treat it accordingly.

There is no need for drivers or any other applications.

The M200 can work with almost any operating system including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris, BSD, SCO Open Server, Netware, and so on.

Plug-and-play design enables connection to eSATA or SATA interfaces with a choice of standard 5V or 12V power connections.

The M200 supports hot swap and ARF, has a built-in lock to secure the hard drives, and uses a 40mm cooling fan that ventilates high-speed 7,200rpm drives.

The management and monitoring systems include an LCD panel display with system status, disk operations, temperature, disk read and write status, audible alarms for impending disk and cooling problems, and SNMP Agent for Windows and Linux systems that provides enterprise MIB, MIB II and Trap support.

All ARAID processing is handled on the ARAID device controller independent of the computer’s main processor.

Most onboard RAID and PCI RAID tax cycles from the motherboard CPU.

ARAID creates a RAID 1 array on the fly from an existing drive, with no danger of losing data.

Typical RAID 1 solutions are not considered to be a backup solution.

While data is replicated, it is not safe from viruses or spyware.

An ARAID is different because the user can remove a drive from the unit and replace it with another drive within seconds.

The removed drive can be treated as a backup and taken off-site for secure storage.

The ARAID recognises the new drive and immediately begins to mirror all data to it.

Most ARAID users buy one to seven spare trays and rotate backups off-site in a similar manner to tape.

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