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Additional network storage; the small, quieter desktop

By Steve Cooper

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Add storage to your network with Iomega's NAS A205m. Thisnetwork-attached storage server plugs into any Ethernet port andcan move data around your LAN after a 10-minute configuration. RAID1 technology provides the ultimate in data backup and reliabilityby mirroring the data from each of its dual 80GB physical drives onthe other. If a drive fails, the surviving drive will rebuild theentire configuration. The A205m and larger Iomega NAS servers areeasily added as your business grows.

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IBM's ThinkCentre S50 is smaller and quieter than the averagedesktop. Its 12.2-by-14.1-by-3.3-inch case is 62 percent smallerthan a regular IBM desktop, but it packs a brisk 2.8GHz processorand 256MB of memory upgradable to 2GB. A tool-free case makes iteasy to upgrade memory or its 40GB removable hard drive; featuresinclude two full-size PCI slots, three bays and a desktop opticaldrive. You have to buy the monitor separately, but a full-size PS/2keyboard and an optical wheel mouse are included.

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