Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series Network Storage System
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Updated:January 23, 2009
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As small companies move from paper-based processes to digital applications, they become more vulnerable to the huge costs and disruptions that can result from losing vital business information. Small businesses are also challenged to comply with growing regulatory requirements governing the storage of customer information. They need strong data security, advanced encryption capabilities, and tools to control the way users access sensitive data. The common data storage solutions used in many small businesses -- backup disks and flash drives, primitive tape backup systems, and simple hard drives directly attached to employee PCs -- cannot provide the advanced security and control features that today's small businesses require. Such ad hoc storage solutions can also diminish productivity by impeding employees' ability to easily transfer and share files.
Figure 1. Cisco NSS3000 4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis
The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series Network Storage System
® Small Business NSS3000 Series Network Storage System provides the robust security and advanced data backup capabilities your business needs, at a price small companies can afford. With support up to 4 TB of data and up to 15 concurrent users per chassis, the Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series provides the ideal solution for storing, sharing, and archiving your mission-critical business information. And unlike entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) systems, the Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series delivers the advanced backup, encryption, user authentication, and high availability you need to protect your business.
The Cisco NSS3000 4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis, supports any
approved hard disk drive. It provides a wealth of features in a desktop-size system designed specifically for small businesses. And it gives you the flexibility to configure the system without any connected drives, to reconfigure it at any time, and to link multiple Cisco NAS chassis together, providing a solution that can continually grow with your business.
You can use the Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series to:
• Automatically back up important information from every PC and server in your business
• Provide centralized storage and sharing of important files
• Employ Continuous Data Protection (CDP) to automatically back up every version of every file saved by employees, allowing you to easily restore data
• Store and archive digital video from your video surveillance system
Features and Benefits
The Cisco NSS3000 Series Network Storage System provides:
• Robust reliability: Traditional small business NAS systems require each hard drive to run its own operating system software, making them inherently less stable. The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series integrates the Linux operating system that controls the storage system into the chassis itself, helping ensure that your business remains protected even if an individual hard drive fails.
• Maximum flexibility: The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series supports a variety of data storage schemes (Redundant Array of Independent Disks [RAID] 0, 1, 5, and 10 and "just a bunch of disks" [JBOD]) and file systems, and allows you to link Windows-based users, Mac users, UNIX/Linux users, and FTP clients into a single data storage system, providing a complete storage solution for virtually any business environment.
• Advanced storage capabilities: The solution's rich network storage features include support for the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) monitoring system for hard disks, file journaling, and virtualization of RAID storage systems across Cisco NSS chassis1, giving you a full suite of tools to create a robust file-sharing and data backup system for your business.
• Strong security: The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series supports a variety of security features to protect your data and help you comply with regulatory standards, including file encryption support, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) file-based disk encryption, virtual LANs (VLANs), and user authentication and access control.
• Easy setup and operation: The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series simplifies configuration and ongoing status monitoring with a two-line LCD display that provides unit health status, storage status, network status, and more.
• Reduced costs: By integrating the operating system into the chassis, instead of individual hard drives, the solution eliminates the need to purchase and maintain third-party licenses, upgrades, and accessories for each hard drive in the system.
• Out-of-the-box compatibility with other business applications: The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series is designed to fully integrate with other Cisco Small Business Series solutions in a single, easy-to-manage network environment. For example, the solution provides the ideal data storage foundation for Cisco IP video surveillance and CDP applications.
Table 1 gives the specifications for the Cisco NSS3000, NSS3100, NSS3200, and NSS3400 4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis. Table 2 provides hard drive and RAID configurations for the Cisco Small Business Network Storage System. Table 3 provides storage accessory information for the Cisco Small Business Network Storage System. Table 4 provides ordering information for the Cisco Small Business Network Storage System.
Table 4. Ordering Information for the Cisco Small Business Network Storage System
4-Bay Desktop Gigabit Network Storage System
4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis with Two 500-Gigabyte Hard Disk Drives
4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis with Four 500-Gigabyte Hard Disk Drives
4-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis with Four 1-Terabyte Hard Disk Drives
Cisco Small Business Continuous Data Protection: Supports synchronized and scheduled backups that can be customized for high- and low-priority files
Continuous Data Protection for Files 3 user license
Continuous Data Protection for Files 15 user license
Continuous Data Protection for Files 25 user license
Cisco Limited Warranty for Cisco Small Business Series Products
The Cisco Small Business NSS3000 Series Network Storage System comes with a 3-year limited hardware warranty with return to factory replacement and a 90-day limited software warranty. In addition, Cisco offers software application updates for bug fixes and telephone technical support at no charge for the first 12 months following the date of purchase.
When it comes to the technology that keeps your employees, suppliers, and customers securely connected, it has to work. As the leader in networking and communications, Cisco is already helping small businesses around the world work better. And you can rely on us to help your business too.
With Cisco Small Business Solutions, you get the networking and communications technology you need, when and how you need it, so you can get more done in less time. We offer a broad range of small business products, which means that we're ready to be your technology partner -- both today and as you grow.
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1Requires at least one Cisco NSS6000/NSS6100 4-Bay Advanced Gigabit Storage System.