BUFFALO Ensures Data Protection With New MiniStation DataVault

AUSTIN, TX – June 16, 2008 – Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced the ultimate in data security with its new MiniStation DataVault. This tiny yet powerful portable storage solution is designed to make data protection and security effortless. At the core is a hard drive with hardware-based full disk encryption (FDE) that uses 128-bit AES technology to automatically encrypt all data saved to the drive– the best way to guard against unauthorized use in the event of loss or theft. The DataVault also combines a rugged exterior with a floating and highly shock absorbing inner structure that holds the drive, protecting it from drops and hits. Combine these robust features with instant operation and Buffalo’s unique transfer rate enhancing TurboUSB technology, and you have the most durable, easy-to-use and high-performing secure storage solution available on the market today. It is the ideal solution for quickly and simply storing, backing-up and transporting critical digital content such as sensitive business documents, financial information and other valuable digital assets.

With the increase in data breaches and laws designed to protect customer, patient and financial information, data security has become one of the biggest concerns for road-warriors, businesses and government agencies, especially when it comes to protecting “data at rest” – data stored on a storage device such as a hard drive, flash drive or laptop. By featuring government-grade, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) certified AES-128 encryption; the new MiniStation DataVault addresses these concerns by offering the most powerful data security commercially available in a disc drive. Simply remove the drive from your computer, and it automatically locks, preventing any unauthorized access.

“There is an increasing need for frequent business travelers and government agencies to take strong measures to protect any and all mission critical data stored on portable devices and ensure that data is abundantly secure,” said Ken Higgins, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. “High performance hardware-based data encryption is the key ingredient to protecting portable storage drives, and as a storage market leader, it is our responsibility to provide our customers with innovative, reliable and highly secure storage solutions that easily, affordably and effectively safe guard priceless digital information.”

Weighing in at less than 8oz, the new MiniStation DataVault is easily transportable and conveniently fits almost a third of a terabyte into any laptop bag, purse or even your pocket. For added convenience, the device includes a clever wrap-around cable that easily snaps into place and powers the device. An additional cable is included for users with low USB power supply on their laptops or desktops. In addition, there is no need to install complicated applications to use the MiniStation DataVault on a host PC. It comes pre-formatted for instant use and automatic data encryption. Simply enter your own pass word into the device’s built-in security tool, and data protection is a breeze.

The new MiniStation DataVault is Windows and Mac OS X compatible and includes mobile versions of Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client so you can take your email and web favorites with you anywhere. The MiniStation DataVault includes Buffalo’s TurboUSB technology, which increases transfer rates by up to 20% on Windows XP machines. It also includes Memeo AutoBackup software, which allows you to securely store, track and share digital content while simultaneously providing data management and back-up. The product measures 3.3″ x 5.2″ x 0.9″ and has an estimated street price of $129 for the 160GB and $209 for the 320GB.

Backed by a limited three-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 technical support, the MiniStation DataVault is available this month and can be purchased through distributors, online resellers and Buffalo’s web site. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company’s Web site at www.buffalotech.com.


About Buffalo Technology
Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit www.buffalotech.com.

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