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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...
It's been some while since Drobo has cranked out a new, ultra-smart NAS drive, but that doesn't mean the innovation is on pause. This week, the data storage outfit announced a new software application platform that enables enhanced mobile and cloud-connect capabilities for Drobo 5N customers. The first two applications to be integrated include Copy, a cloud-based file storage, syncing and sharing platform where users can easily store, protect and share data, and Plex, the industry's leading media server for managing and serving digital media (video, music and photos) to nearly any device (TV, PC, or mobile). The company also announced availability of a development kit by which other leading application... Read more...
Storage -- it's a wild and wonderful thing. But can small businesses and enterprises every truly have enough? LaCie doesn't think so, and has today unveiled the 5big NAS Pro as well as a 20TB Thunderbolt RAID drive. The latter is a massive, five-bay RAID solution, offering up to 20TB of storage and speeds up to 785MB/sec. It manages that by shipping with fve 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0, and the company's marketing this towards A/V professionals that need the speed and storage. It'll ship in 10TB / 20TB capacities, with prices starting at $1,199. On the other side of the coin, the 5big NAS Pro utilizes hybrid cloud technology as well as LaCie's own SimplyRAID. It promises... Read more...
Asustor, a subsidiary of Asus that's focused on network attached storage (NAS) and video surveillance solutions, today announced the launch of its all new AS 6 Series NAS boxes. According to Asustor, these are the first NAS devices in the world to feature System Sleep Mode (S3) along with near instantaneous wake up times. The AS 6 Series ships in 2-bay (AS-602T), 4-bay (AS-604T), 6-bay (AS-606T), and 8-bay (AS-608T) configurations. Each model features an Intel Atom 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory (expandable up to 3GB), USB 3.0 support, HDMI, SATA 6Gbps support, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 support, hard drive hot swapping, and read/write times of 200MB/s or more. "Small businesses and consumers... Read more...
Enterprise users, take heart: D-Link's newest product was crafted with you in mind. The company's new Cloud Storage 4000 is a fresh new addition to the high-performance ShareCenter line, with four bays for storage and support for up to 16TB internally. There are also two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the rear, and when combined with the company's Cloud Cameras, the Cloud Storage 4000 also enables a full-featured network video recorder (NVR) which supports real-time monitoring, recording and playback of surveillance video. Another nifty feature is this unit's ability to create a personal cloud portal through the mydlink cloud app, enabling users to store, safeguard, share, and remotely access or stream... Read more...
Hot on the heels of our recent three-way NAS box roundup, Thecus, one of the participants, just launched an "advanced mobile application" that will allow iPhone and iPad users to have full access to transfer files and stream data right from their mobile device. The app is called T-OnTheGo, and so far it's only available in iOS form. "T-OnTheGo allows users the freedom to easily back up data via their mobile device. As mobile devices are revolutionizing the way how people work and manage data, T-OnTheGo enhances the experience. Whether you are close or away from your NAS, T-OnTheGo makes it convenient to back up all sensitive data," Thecus explains. We were already impressed with the N4800 NAS... Read more...
Cloud-based storage solutions are all the rage these days, but if you don't want to trust your files to a third-party data center and deal with the risk of hacker attacks and unexpected downtime, maintaining your own centralized storage platform is the way to go. This is where network attached storage (NAS) devices come into play.  With hard drive prices as cheap as they are, owning your own NAS box is a totally viable option for wrangling your data, automating backup routines, and serving up files to a growing number of connected devices, including tablets, notebooks, smartphones, game consoles, set-top boxes, and more. Plus, there are no monthly or annual subscription fees to deal with.... Read more...
Cloud-based storage solutions are all the rage these days, but if you don't want to trust your files to a third-party data center and deal with the risk of hacker attacks and unexpected downtime, maintaining your own centralized storage platform is the way to go. This is where network attached storage (NAS) devices come into play. With hard drive prices as cheap as they are, owning your own NAS box is a totally viable option for wrangling your data, automating backup routines, and serving up files to a growing number of connected devices, including tablets, notebooks, smartphones, game consoles, set-top boxes, and more. Plus, there are no monthly or annual subscription fees to deal with.... Read more...
If you're serious about storage chores, there's really no choice but to get NASty with your setup. Luckily for you, there are more options than ever (several of which we'll be examining in detail in an upcoming roundup -- stay tuned!), and that means NAS vendors have to find ways to differentiate themselves so as to not get lost in the shuffle. Infortrend's twist is that it packs enterprise-class storage protection in a pair of new NAS boxes aimed for the SOHO (small office/home office) and SMB (small-to-medium business) markets. These include data deduplication, ZFS checksum, snapshot, and a built-in pool mirror function. First up is the EonNAS Pro Series, which offers 2-bay, 4-bay, 5-bay, and... Read more...
Western Digital’s color-coded families of hard drives added another member today in the form of WD Red, a line of 3.5-inch drives designed specifically for small office/home office NAS systems with between one and five bays. The drives come in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB (SATA 6Gbps) and feature NASware and 3D Active Balance Plus technology for better reliability and system performance, IntelliPower RPM, 145 or 150 MB/s transfer performance (depending on the model), 64MB cache, and are rated for 1 million MTBF. WD is also throwing in 24x7 tech support and a three-year limited warranty. The demands of a NAS system can be taxing on hard drives, so the WD Red disks were designed for that... Read more...
LaCie's design instincts haven't changed much over the years, but that's certainly not a bad thing. This week, the company announced a new 2-bay network-attached storage solution aimed at small businesses and power users. The LaCie 2big NAS, design by Neil Poulton, is powered by a 2GHz processor and a bolstered file system. Just think about that: a NAS powered by a 2GHz CPU. A decade ago, just that notion would've invoked laughter. This guy delivers speeds up to 100MB/sec, and functions just fine with Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. Users can schedule shutdown and restart during optimal business hours to boost efficiency. Plus, the LaCie 2big NAS is now ten times more energy efficient when... Read more...
The Thecus TopTower NAS Series includes towers with six, eight, and ten bays and is designed to offer big time storage to businesses who don’t necessarily have the infrastructure for a rackmount setup. The TopTower N6850 is the six-bay option and offers a dual-core Intel Pentium G620 (2.6GHz) processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 18TB of storage capacity; the eight-bay option, the N8850, is designed to offer a bit more power with an Intel Core i3-2120 (3.3GHz) chip, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Of the trio, the ten-bay N10850 is the most powerful, designed for everything from application hosting to virtual machines to Web hosting and boasting an Intel Xeon E3-1225 (3.1GHz) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.... Read more...
Thecus has launched a couple of new Network Attached Storage devices, powered by Intel’s latest Atom processors. The new Thecus N4800 and N2800 NAS boxes both sport 2.13GHz Atom processors, 2GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI outputs and USB 3.0 ports. In addition to being able to output many video files directly to a monitor through the HDMI outputs, these latest NAS devices also allow for hardware monitoring and even web browsing right from the device—without a need for a PC. More information available below in the full press release below... Introducing Thecus’ Next-Gen NAS N4800 & N2800 The New Intel Atom CPU, HDMI Output, and Other Surprises   02/20/2012- As part of the Intel... Read more...
After all these years, LaCie's storage hardware still looks better than storage hardware from pretty much any other vendor. And if you're starting up a small business, you may be interested in what the company's got on offer now. This week, LaCie announced the 5big Office Series, its latest five-bay network attached storage solutions. The 5big Office Series, powered by Windows Home Server 2011, packs a 1.6GHz 64-bit Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and plenty of options. There's a single-drive edition that allows users to add additional drives, as needed, for up to 10TB of total capacity. It reduces the initial investment and assures a long-term solution. What's more, its PC backup data deduplication only... Read more...
The folks at Thecus have just unveiled their latest low-power Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, the N4100 EVO. This new N4100 looks just like previous iterations of this 4-bay NAS, and sports Thecus’ useful LCD and front panel buttons (among many other features), but this latest device is powered by a new, lower-power dual-core SoC from Cavium. The full scoop is available in the PR below... Thecus N4100EVO: The First Dual-core Cavium-based 4-bay NAS Intelligent design: Evolve your digital office 12/12/2011 – Taipei (Taiwan): Thecus is well known in the market for always putting innovative hardware and state of the art technology on the table for a fair price in order to guarantee... Read more...
You've certainly heard of Drobo, the company formerly known as Data Robotics. Their Drobo line of intelligent storage boxes have helped redefine local backup, and now they're taking one step closer to the inevitable: cloud backup. The company has announced a new partnership that brings Pogoplug Cloud to Drobo customers, for remote file access, cloud storage and media streaming from any device. It's a deal that'll bring a comprehensive personal cloud solution for anytime, anywhere access to files. Drobo customers will have access to free cloud storage, remote file access and digital media streaming using Pogoplug Cloud, a new service announced last week. Using Pogoplug Cloud, customers can turn... Read more...
Iomega recently launched the new Iomega StorCenter px12-350r Network Storage Array. This NAS features an Intel Core2 Duo processor, 7,200 rpm hard drives, and optional solid state drives. The new StorCenter px12-350r offers full Hyper-V Live migration support, multiple RAID levels, hot swap drives, and native support for Avamar deduplicating backup. The StorCenter px12-350r is available in two base configurations: 4 x 2TB drives for minimum of 8TB of network storage, and 4X 3TB drives for 12TB of network storage. The StorCenter px12-350r is a 2U Form factor rackmount NAS with 12 slots for drive expansion. Iomega Announces New Top-of-Line Rackmount Network Storage For SMBs and Distributed Enterprises:... Read more...
To this point, most of the recently released, higher-end “off the shelf” network attached storage solutions targeted at small business or home users have features low-power Intel Atom processors. Thecus’ new, ultra-high-end N8900, however, boasts an Intel’s Core i3 processor and 8GB of DDR3 memory at its heart. Truth be told, it’s only the custom OS / Firmware of the N8900 that make this a NAS device, as the hardware is obviously capable of running virtually any server OS on the market with a Core i3 and that much memory available. Thecus’ DOM, or disk-on-modules, which hold their NAS devices’ operating systems, feature a custom Linux build that... Read more...
Is big ever really big enough? Not in our world! LaCie knows that as well as anyone, and that's why they're announcing the 5big Storage Server in a new, expanded model. The company's pro-level sharing appliance is now offered in a 1TB model for user expandability, and you can order one with up to 10TB of expandable capacity. You'll also get Windows Storage Server software and a sleek, compact aluminum enclosure, support for PC and Mac clients, and a dual-core Intel 1.6GHz processor inside. The unit starts at $1199, and promises transfer rates as high as 180MB/sec. It'll handle RAID 0, 1, 5,or 5+ modes, and the only thing standing between you and enough storage to back everything you've ever owned... Read more...
QNAP is no question one of the larger names in the network-attached storage arena, but it's been some time since we heard from them. That's changing this week with their latest announcement, as they've added new Atom CPUs, USB 3.0 and support for SATA 6Gb/s drivers. The new TS-x59 Pro II series -- the 4-drive TS-459 Pro II, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro II, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro II -- all feature the 1.8GHz D525 chip, along with 1GB of RAM (up to 3GB), and they also ship with the new V3.4 of QNAP’s renowned NAS management software, supporting all-in-one server applications such as file sharing, FTP server, printer sharing (LAN and Internet), web server, and even video surveillance. Other... Read more...
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