Accordance announces first compact, low cost EIDE RAID controller for PCs

The Accordance M100 is the industry's first compact, low cost EIDE RAID controller supporting 2.5" laptop drives. The M100 plugs into a standard PC storage bay and uses two 2-1/2" disk drives instead of a single 3-1/2" hard disk.

Accordance announces first compact, low cost IDE RAID Controller for PCs


Perfect for data back -up and disk copying, M100 enables users to now have two 2.5 inch hard drives in the same space as a single 3.5 inch drive


DES MOINES, Iowa, October 12, 2004 - Accordance Systems today announced the availability of the Accordance M100, the industry's first compact, low cost EIDE RAID controller supporting 2.5" laptop drives. Perfect for data back -up and automatic disk copying, the M100 plugs into a standard PC storage bay and uses two 2 -1/2" disk drives instead of a single 3 -1/2" hard disk.

The unit requires no additional software or hardware to run and works with any operating system including Windows, Linux and Macintosh. "The M100 is the simplest and most affordable way to add RAID storage backup technology to any personal computer or system," says Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Accordance Systems. "Remove your standard single drive unit and replace it with the M100 and now you have two drives keeping two identical images guaranteeing your data. You will never have to worry about making backups again."

The RAID controller maintains two identical copies of data on each drive to provide an immediate back up in the event that one of the hard drives fails. The M100 can automatically copy data when a failed drive is replaced, allowing the user to work while, in the background, data is being transferred to the new disk. Its hot swap capability assures zero down time to replace and duplicate hard drives.

In addition, the M100 allows 2.5" disks to be copied on demand, enabling further data security when combined with off site physical disk rotation. The M100 is also perfect for copying of laptop drives for data security and investigative digital forensics.

The low cost of 2 -1/2"hard disk makes M100 RAID affordable for any computer system's data backup strategy. The device fits into a single 1U bay in a space the size of a CD -ROM drive. Drives are installed in separate locking front -loading trays of the M100 that can be removed for off site data security or virus protection. The M100 has forced air -cooling and audible alarms for event notification. The bundled Accordance ARAID Eye and Accordance SNMP Agent software provides local and networked device management for any system or enterprise.

The M100 provides all the features supported in Accordance's 1000, 1500, 2000 RAID controller line including:
- Hot swap, lockable drive trays
- LCD display
- LED indicators
- Audible alarms
- Backup -on -Demand™ hot key
- Windows -based device monitoring software
- SNMP agent for device management
- Updatable firmware

List price for the Accordance M100 is $399/each. These products and the rest of Accordance product family of IDE, SCSI, NAS and Micro -Servers RAID storage products can be purchased online at the Accordance website at: www.accordancesystems.com.

About Accordance
Accordance is dedicated to delivering cost effective RAID hardware and software solutions for network and standalone computer systems. Accordance's ARAID product family of IDE, SCSI, SATA disk arrays and RAID network attached storage and servers enables companies to effectively store, backup, manage, secure and transfer computer data. Accordance Systems, Inc. is a privately held company founded in Taiwan in 1998 and headquartered in Taipei. Accordance USA L.L.C. was formed in May 2004 and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please call 515 -223 -4845 or visit www.accordancesystems.com.
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