Western Digital Intros Sentinel DX4000 Enterprise Storage Server

Western Digital is offering up a new line of network storage servers this week for small-to-medium businesses, with the Sentinel DX4000 being the star of the show. The device includes Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials along with Intel's D525 dual-core Atom CPU. It's designed as a centralized shared storage and automatic server-based backup solution for up to 25 devices (PC and Mac) on the network.

The device ships with capacities of 4TB and 8TB, and it also acts as the on-premise cloud storage for the SMB. The unit ships preconfigured with enterprise-class drives, RAID storage protection, built-in server based backup and recovery software, redundant networking ports and redundant power option. It also offers the ability to connect to a "public cloud" storage provider, and as far as software, WD throws in applications that will allow you to remotely access files and share files with external employees, independent consultants and satellite offices elsewhere in the world.

Pricing, as expected, is tailored for businesses. The 4TB unit is $949.99, while the 8TB unit is $1,449.99.