VIA Technologies have issued a press release detailing the release of a new thin server board, the VIA NAS 7800, to their line-up. The board has been specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders and supports Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/XPe, and Linux.
Thin servers such as network attached storage are proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized enterprises looking for secure, energy-efficient data storage without investing in large, expensive and power-hungry corporate solutions. Boasting up to eight SATA II ports and two Gigabit ports, the VIA NAS 7800 combines extensive storage flexibility and a power-efficient, secure platform to meet these needs.
Powered by a low heat, energy-efficient 1.5GHz VIA C7® processor, with an optional fanless VIA Eden™ sku, the VIA NAS 7800 board also features a proprietary MFX module for comprehensive wake-up scheduling, allowing IT managers to power servers down at nights or weekends for considerable savings on electricity usage.
The VIA NAS 7800 uses a unique 19cm x 14.3cm form factor, same size as a standard optical disk drive, with I/O aligned to allow easy integration into standard drive-sized chassis or even in multiple configuration within a 1U server, offering an innovative approach to NAS systems for small and medium sized businesses.
Complete system security is assured through the onboard TPM module for key generation and storage and the VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated directly onto the processor die, which when enabled provides ultra fast, military grade hardware encryption and decryption of data.
"The VIA NAS 7800 is designed to address the needs of the modern digital work place, making it ideal for the new generation of thin server products for small and medium sized enterprise," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "VIA's segment specific products are spearheading targeted platforms with industry-leading power efficiency, security and reliability."
VIA have informed us that currently the availability of this board is limited to samples for system developers.