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USRobotics Launches New Storage Solution for SOHO / Small Business Customers



April 27, 2007 – USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company and leader in Internet access and networking solutions, has introduced an advanced network attached storage device, the USR8700 Serial ATA 4 Drive Network Attached Storage appliance.

The USR8700 brings sophisticated, cost-effective and safe storage to small businesses, corporate work-groups and advanced household networks. Four drive bays allow customers to add up to two terabytes (2000GB) of storage. The solution includes integrated back-up software for imaging and restoring client hard drives in case of catastrophic failure, and client remote boot functions enabling recovery from local drive failure.

“By offering a sophisticated network storage appliance without integrated drives, our resellers can customise the USR8700 to meet the exact requirements of their small office and home office customers. They can also provide additional services such as maintenance contracts and future storage capacity upgrades,” said Tony Field, EMEA Product Marketing Manager for USRobotics. “The USR8700 is secure, easy to install and use, and includes key features demanded by customers, including rapid back-up/restore, RAID data redundancy and Active Directory support.”

The USR8700 is configured via a simple to understand and use wizard. The unit supports:

  • Linear storage or the use of multiple drives for primary and back-up storage, along with dynamic logical drive sizing;
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 5+ spare, 10 and JBOD configurations;
  • Auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet connection;
  • Two USB 2.0 ports for network printers or additional external storage; and
  • Microsoft’s Active Directory to further simplify configuration.

The USR8700 comes equipped with advanced back-up capabilities, including one user license key for DiskSafe Express software, featuring Back-up and Bare Metal Recovery (BBMR) to recover from a catastrophic failure. Additional license keys are available for purchase online. Secure storage is assured via user and group level security settings such as no access, read-only and read/write options. Folder level security settings with parental inheritance further simplify the security setup.

Full localised pricing details are available from USRobotics’ channel sales team.

About USRobotics

USRobotics is a Platinum Equity company. For three decades, the company has been a leader in Internet access and networking, helping millions of people connect to the Internet with powerful, innovative products. The company is rapidly expanding its category leadership by transforming the latest technologies into reliable and easy-to-use high performance products, including high-speed, broadband modems; wired and wireless networking solutions; and Internet security devices; for the growing home, home office, and small- to medium-sized business markets. The company is dedicated to keeping people connected worldwide – to information, entertainment, and each other. USRobotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area with its EMEA headquarters base in the UK. For further information, please visit the Web site at

USRobotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.