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Arrow Electronics to Deliver Affordable Network Storage Appliance for the SMB Market

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 2005--Arrow OEM Computing Solutions, the division of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) that provides design engineering, manufacturing, system integration, supply chain management and post-manufacturing services to industrial OEMs and intellectual property-based companies, announced today the availability of a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance designed for small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

The appliance is based on the NS04-4100 model from Lanner, a leading manufacturer of network storage systems. Providing an all-in-one "white box" solution, Arrow will integrate a storage-optimized operating system and storage management software application from ApplianceWare, which develops software solutions for the storage networking market. Within a relatively small footprint, the NAS appliance offers performance features not previously affordable for most SMBs.

"Data preservation and access have become increasingly important since 9/11," said Steve Ramsland, vice president and general manager of Arrow OCS. "We're enabling the delivery of high-end features to SMBs at an affordable price the market has been waiting for."

The NAS appliance combines file serving and sharing and data management functions with remote boot, system backup and data recovery features.

"Integrating with ApplianceWare adds valuable applications to Lanner's NAS product, which helps end users avoid the consequences of crashed disks and unrecoverable files," said Edward Hu, president of Lanner Electronics U.S.A.

Key benefits include:

  • Ease-of-use - The plug-and-play appliance can be added without shutting down systems. A company can install, configure and manage the appliance with minimal time and expense and without the help of an IT specialist.

  • Flexibility - Customers can scale to four drives, and technologies including RAID, replication and snapshot are available.

  • Reliability - SMBs will have access to cost-effective disaster recovery and shared file backup at an enterprise-class security level.

"Lanner and ApplianceWare both have leveraged Intel XScale(R) technology to deliver feature-rich storage networking solutions in a toaster-size appliance," said Stacy Kenworthy, president and CEO of ApplianceWare. "Automating network storage lets SMBs forget about storage headaches and invest their time and resources in their core businesses."

ApplianceWare is demonstrating the product at the Intel Developer Forum this week.

About ApplianceWare

ApplianceWare provides a complete software solution for delivering NAS and iSCSI storage on the Intel XScale(R) platform. Available are the operating system, management protocol stack, the file system management, volume provisioning, security protocols, hardware driver support, and custom design services. ApplianceWare is a privately held company based in Atlanta. For more information, visit

About Lanner

Established in 1986 and publicly listed (TAIEX 6245) since 2003, Lanner Electronics Inc. is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of security, storage and industrial computing solutions. Employing 350 people worldwide with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and branches in the U.S., Germany, India and China, Lanner is uniquely positioned to deliver leading-edge technical solutions with localized, value-added service. For more information, visit

About the North American Computer Products group of Arrow Electronics

The North American Computer Products group of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is a leading distributor of enterprise and embedded computing systems to resellers and OEM customers in North America. Based in Englewood, CO, the group is comprised of four divisions that make up Enterprise Computing Solutions (Support Net, SBM, MOCA, Enterprise Storage Solutions) and OEM Computing Solutions, which serves industrial OEMs and intellectual property-based companies. Visit all of our divisions at

Arrow Electronics is a major global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and computer products.

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Ann Shiveley, 303-824-3762

SOURCE: Arrow Electronics

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