Items tagged with NAS

Internet of Things (IoT) devices have become more prevalent over the last few years, but they are often susceptible to hackers. Researchers recently discovered 125 security vulnerabilities on 13 NAS and routers. It is believed that these vulnerabilities are far-reaching and likely affect many similar devices. Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) researchers started their investigation in 2013. Their first round of research focused on NAS and routers that were intended for home office use. Their second round titled “SOHOpelessly Broken 2.0” assess security vulnerabilities in a wide range of device. They chose 13 devices that “ranged from devices designed for general consumers... Read more...
A few weeks back, Seagate launched an array of 12TB hard drives targeted a variety of market segments, from desktops to workstations and high-performance Network-Attached Servers. The Seagate Barracuda Pro, IronWolf, and IronWolf Pro are fundamentally similar, but each drive is tuned for specific applications. The Barracuda Pro is designed for HEDT and creative professional platforms. The IronWolf targets Network-Attached Servers (NAS) with one to eight bays. And the IronWolf Pro is designed for the same segment, but with servers with up to 18 bays. We’ve had the Barracuda Pro and standard IronWolf NAS drive in-house for a little while and have some thoughts on their performance and features... Read more...
Seagate has rolled out a pair of new HDDs with the first of them being a 12TB 3.5-inch unit in the IronWolf line aimed specifically at NAS environments. That drive has features specifically to make it perform inside a network attached storage (NAS) device including AgileArray and dual-plane balancing along with RAID optimizations built right in. Seagate also promises that the IronWolf drive has advanced power management integrated. IronWolf drives are offered in a range of capacities with the largest being the new 12TB drive. The drive was built to support a work rate of 180TB per year (Pro version is rated for 300TB per year) allowing multiple users to upload and download data to the... Read more...
Modern video surveillance systems with video recording capabilities can an be an expensive proposition, especially if you contract out installation and service. However, the combination of a high-capacity storage device, like a Synology DiskStation NAS (Networked Attached Storage) and IP surveillance cameras is a great alternative way to add a layer of security to monitor your home or business without dropping major dough. The DiskStation, like any Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, can be used in a variety of ways ranging from simple network storage to a media server. Today, however, we will examine how anyone can configure their own DVR surveillance system using a Synology DiskStation... Read more...
  If you have a Western Digital My Cloud device, you might want to perk up and pay attention. Security researchers have discovered that the family of network-attached storage (NAS) drives are susceptible to some rather nasty remote exploits, and they thus far have not been [properly] patched by Western Digital. The first issue that researcher zenofex discovered is Western Digital’s sloppy use of scripts to authenticate users. The company uses cookies for authentication, but the way the process was implemented allows for an attacker to specially "bake" cookies to meet compliance. “Any time there is a login check within the PHP scripts, an attacker is able to bypass the check by supplying... Read more...
Western Digital is stepping up its efforts in the prosumer NAS market with the introduction of the My Cloud EX2 Ultra series. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra is designed for prosumers and creative professionals alike, and offers an easy way to backup data, sync files across multiple computers and share files with others. Western Digital has empowered the My Cloud EX2 Ultra with a Marvell ARMADA 385 1.3GHz dual-core processor that is paired with 1GB of DDR3 memory. This should help the My Cloud EX2 Ultra in multitasking operations and gives it enough grunt to serve as a Plex Media Server (I just wouldn’t call on it to handle transcoding operations). RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning modes are supported... Read more...
Netgear has released a new line of high-end-yet-consumer-friendly Network Attached Servers (NAS) dubbed the RN210 family. They are available in both two-and-four bay models, and this time around we’ll be examining its two-bay model, the RN212. Keep in mind, however, that almost everything we cover here applies to the four-bay model as well, which goes by the moniker RN214. The big deal with this NAS is that, according to Netgear, it’s the “only ARM-based NAS that delivers full HD 1080p to 480p transcoding,” with the purpose being the ability to stream content from the NAS to your smart phone or tablet without any dropped frames. Another notable is that it uses the BTRFS file system, which... Read more...
Anyone who follows the NAS game will likely recognize the name Synology, but we’d wager most home users aren't quite as familiar with them. That’s simply because Synology storage devices have typically targeted a more advanced crowd, such as readers of this website. If you had ever met someone who was running a Synology NAS at home, you knew right away they were an enthusiast, advanced user, neckbeard, etc. Newbies use more mainstream products, but hardcore guys and gals use Synology--or something like that. Well, times are changing, and Synology is trying to get in on the “cloud storage” game with NAS drives that are pre-configured, plug-and-play, and accessible from any internet connection,... Read more...
The WD My Cloud EX2100 is a new prosumer-oriented NAS drive from WD that continues the company's adventures in the realm of "personal cloud" storage. These drives are aimed directly at people who use Cloud storage such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, and others. The marketing speak from WD is that those services require a monthly payment for a small amount of storage, and you have to store your data on someone else's cloud. For example Dropbox charges $10 a month for 1TB of storage, and Google charges the same. WD's pitch is you can get multiple terabytes of storage with one of its drives, and use it as your own personal cloud storage, with the files accessible from any location with an internet... Read more...
With all the talk about security and encryption on devices that are personal to us like smartphones and tablets, we’d like to think that computer systems that help to control and monitor key U.S. infrastructure and transportation systems would employ rigorous security measures to safeguard against cyberattacks. This is even more important when it comes to the daunting task of air traffic control where interruptions to service and computer downtime could cripple air travel across the country and put passenger (and flight crew) lives at risk. With so much at stake, it’s quite disappointing to hear the results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that is highly critical of the Federal... Read more...
Western Digital ended the work week by rolling out four new network attached storage (NAS) solutions split into two product segments -- the My Cloud Expert Series consisting of the My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay solution) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay solution), and the My Cloud Business Series with the My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay).The My Cloud EX2100 and EX4100 sport the latest versions of the dual-core ARMADA processor (385 and 388) and offer top-class read and write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming and up to 24TB of storage capacity, WD says.Both solutions come with WD Red drives that are designed for NAS boxes. They can be configured using... Read more...
Storage guru Western Digital on Wednesday expanded its business-class NAS (Network Attached Storage) portfolio with the WD Sentinel DX4200 storage server powered by an Intel Atom C2338 dual-core processor. Western Digital is pitching its latest box as a complete solution using Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 workgroup operating system The WD Sentinel DX4200 features a four-bay design with tool-less and tray-less installation. It supports up to 16TB of capacity, and the drives are also hot swappable -- if an HDD goes down for whatever reason, you can swap it out with a new one without skipping a beat. "The WD Sentinel DX4200 provides the enterprise grade storage and file services capabilities of... Read more...
Western Digital this morning hit the storage industry over its head with a couple of new high capacity hard drive options being offered in the company's WD Red line of drives. One is a 5-terabyte HDD and the other is a first-to-market 6-terabyte capacity HDD based on a tightly packed five-platter design, and like all WD Red drives, they're both intended for home and small office NAS systems In addition to these new high capacity storage solutions, Western Digital announced the introduction of its WD Red Pro HDD series available in 1TB to 4TB capacities for the medium and large business NAS markets. WD's Pro level drives are compatibility tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized... Read more...
With cloud solutions in one hand and localized storage solutions in the other, Seagate is bolstering its lineup of Networked Attached Storage products today with an array of new boxes. Aiming squarely for at-home and small businesses who need to keep a respectable, but not outrageous, amount of data available via the Web, the new Seagate NAS and NAS Pro ranges are sleek, expandable, and relatively affordable compared to others in the industry. The portfolio contains five NAS units ranging from disc-free to 30TB in size, with 2/4/6-bay options available. On top of the new hardware is its NAS OS 4, a new software package that includes App Manager and Seagate Sdrive (a private cloud) for remote... Read more...
Western Digital’s original My Cloud personal cloud storage solution brought a unique approach to the NAS segment, for individuals and the SOHO crowd, and the subsequent multi-bay My Cloud EX4 offered a beastly amount of storage--8TB, 12TB, or 16TB--via the same “My Cloud” platform. WD introduced the My Cloud EX2 as something of a ‘tweener' solution, bringing a two-bay option that isn’t as hard on the wallet as the EX4 yet offers a copious amount of storage capacity and more powerful features such as RAID... WD My Cloud EX2 Personal Cloud Server Review... Read more...
Western Digital’s original My Cloud personal cloud storage solution brought a unique approach to the NAS segment, for individuals and the SOHO crowd, and the subsequent multi-bay My Cloud EX4 offered a beastly amount of storage--8TB, 12TB, or 16TB--via the same “My Cloud” platform. WD introduced the My Cloud EX2 as something of a ‘tweener' solution, bringing a two-bay option that isn’t as hard on the wallet as the EX4 yet offers a copious amount of storage capacity and more powerful features such as RAID. Even with a few more choice features on board, the My Cloud EX2 is designed to be as simple to set up and manage as the original single-bay My Cloud.... Read more...
There’s a new member of WD’s My Cloud family, and it’s designed to fill the niche between the consumer-level My Cloud personal cloud storage device we reviewed a few months ago and the more professional-leaning My Cloud EX4 (with up to 16TB of storage capacity). The My Cloud EX2 lands somewhere in the middle and offers up to 8TB of storage. WD sells the device with an empty chassis or loaded up with WD Red drives. If 4TB, 6TB,or 8TB somehow isn’t enough for you, you can connect additional storage via the USB 3.0 port on the back. WD My Cloud EX2 What WD offers with the My Cloud platform generally and the EX2 specifically is a personal, private cloud. The device runs NASware... Read more...
Cloud storage has emerged as a hugely attractive option for consumers and businesses alike. Consumer cloud storage darling Dropbox has gotten big enough that it warrants its own developer conference, Box is consistently innovating in the business space, Amazon’s storage cloud is massive and popular, and we could go on and on with numerous other companies offering all types of cloud storage services. Even as cloud storage has exploded, however, there are many skeptics who believe that entrusting your data to a cloud service is foolish, due to reliability, privacy and security concerns. Diehard proponents of local storage have legitimate concerns when they say they’re distrustful of... Read more...
Cloud  storage has emerged as a hugely attractive option for consumers and businesses alike. Consumer cloud storage darling Dropbox has gotten big enough that it warrants its own developer conference, Box is consistently innovating in the business space, Amazon’s storage cloud is massive and popular, and we could go on and on with numerous other companies offering all types of cloud storage services. Even as cloud storage has exploded, however, there are many skeptics who believe that entrusting your data to a cloud service is foolish. For one thing, you’re giving your precious data (be it family photos or company trade secrets) to a third party, and beyond that... Read more...
Roughly a year ago, Western Digital launched its 3.5-inch WD Red NAS hard drives in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, and now the company has added to the Red family with a 4TB 3.5-inch drive as well as a couple of 2.5-inch options. The 2.5-inch WD Red NAS drives, like the 3.5-inch versions, are also purpose-built for SOHO NAS storage with 1 to 5 bays. The SATA 6Gbps drives feature IntelliPower rotational speed and come in capacities of 1TB and 750GB. Why the 2.5-inch versions? “This small form factor enables our customers to use high capacity NAS hard drives that offer performance, quiet operation, and low power consumption in a more compact NAS enclosure,” wrote WD in a press release.... Read more...
For a number of good reasons, "cloud storage" is all the rage. Being able to store your data online in order to access it virtually anywhere is the epitome of convenience. However, it does carry with it a couple of important downsides. While it's unlikely for a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive to go down, it's always a risk. And with all of the Prism / NSA goingson lately, it's become clear that if the government wanted, it could likely get to your data with relative ease. The best solution? A personal cloud solution. While home-brewed solutions can work out nicely, such as with NAS boxes, or even a custom Windows or Linux server, all of these require some degree of expense and... Read more...
Seagate on Tuesday unveiled a new line of drives custom-built for always-on network attached storage (NAS) systems. Multiple capacities are available, including a 4TB model that's currently the industry's highest capacity available from a single NAS HDD. The new drives are intended for NAS boxes with up to five drive bays. "Today about 50 percent of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "By... Read more...
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