WD Introduces SOHO Centralized Storage
Wrong. The price of physical file storage has been steadily dropping for years, making centralized storage more affordable and ever closer to the reach of small business owners and multi-PC homes. Numerous storage vendors have been beefing up their centralized storage product selections for these market segments for a number of years now--with steadily dropping prices and ever easier-to-operate solutions. Perhaps Western Digital (WD) was just waiting for the right price point, but it has finally--if not a little late to the game--entered the SOHO (small office, home office) space with its centralized storage product, the WD ShareSpace.
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WD claims that the ShareSpace is easy to set up: "An intuitive set-up wizard and easy-to-use discovery tool makes installation a snap." For less-tech savvy users, anything less can be a deal-breaker. We hope to get one in-house and will evaluate just how easy it really is to set up and use. On the other hand, the ShareSpace take a few best practices from big business-based centralized storage: it performs self-monitoring and can be configured to send you an e-mail if it detects any potential problems; it supports Microsoft Active Directory (AD) support for AD users and groups; and it includes an integrated FTP server.
The front-mounted USB port is designed to be used as an easy means for backing up USB-based drives. Just attach a drive and press the backup button to automatically backup the entire contents of the USB drive to the ShareSpace. The two rear-mounted USB ports can be used "for backup or additional network storage."
The ShareSpace also comes with software that can be installed on up to three computers on your network that can be configured to automatically perform scheduled backups. Using WD's MioNet service, you can even remotely access your ShareSpace system from any Internet connection. The ShareSpace also includes an iTunes server for centralized media storage.
The ShareSpace comes with WD drives that use "WD GreenPower technology," which the company claims "consumes up to 33% less power [than non-WD GreenPower-based drives], is reliably cool, and remarkably quiet." The ShareSpace is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher.