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When it comes to networked storage, "big enough" never really is. Synology is a well-know name in the higher-end NAS realm, and the company is pushing the boundaries of consumer/prosumer NAS drives with their latest unit, the DiskStation DS1511+. This unit is designed for home business users and small business owners who don't feel like forking out for a rack-mounted NAS setup, and with a ceiling of 15TB, most small offices should be able to be backed up with room to spare here. Also, with link aggregation, the DS1511+ surpasses its predecessor by delivering 197MB/sec in a RAID5 configuration, with 165MB/sec on the right side. The 2 LAN structure with failover support coupled with hot-swappable... Read more...
Synology may not have the name recognition that Seagate and Western Digital have, but that isn't stopping them from introducing their newest NAS drive. The DS211+ NAS Server is a full-featured 2-bay NAS designed to allow small businesses to hare files, centralize backup, and protect critical data quickly and efficiently. The DS211+ comes with the brand new hardware design, including a raft of major hardware upgrades. Its hot-swappable hard drive design minimizes the financial lost due to system downtime and increases reliability, while the 92mm low-rotation fan and efficient airflow design provide sufficient airflow to keep the system running cooler than its predecessor. The special material... Read more...
Major corporations have been picking up smaller companies at a really rapid pace these days. Google has been on a buying spree, as has Apple. And now Dell is on the move as well. The computer maker has just agreed on a deal to acquire Compellent, a provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including tiering and thin provisioning, for enterprise and cloud-computing environments. It's not hard to imagine why Dell would do a thing like this. Cloud-based solutions are becoming more and more important these days, and enterprise businesses are always important to keep happy. According to Dell, the acquisition is the latest strategic investment by Dell... Read more...
Plextor announced a new four-bay, 8TB network-attached storage device. The new PX-NAS4 offers dual LAN ports and the ability to store up to 8TB of data across four hot-swap drive bays. The PX-NAS4 also has built-in eSATA and USB ports for storage expansion. Data stored in the PX-NAS4 is protected using an AES 256-bit algorithm. The PX-NAS4 supports multiple disk configurations including JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 or RAID10. The PX-NAS4 also offers a Snapshot Backup Utility. The PX-NAS4 will be available at the end of this month for $399.99. New PX-NAS4 Network-Attached Storage from Plextor Plextor announces a new four-bay, 8TB NAS device (Fremont, CA – November 17, 2010) – Plextor... Read more...
When you think of NAS drives, you probably think of big, rectangular boxes that aren't much to look at. There's probably 2 or 4 bays in there for hard drives, a power port and an Ethernet jack. They're all pretty simple, and they're all pretty much the same. But this NAS drive is different. Majorly different. Verbatim's newest NAS drive isn't a traditional NAS drive at all. It doesn't even have room for internal storage, and it definitely doesn't ship with any. So what are you to do with a 0GB NAS drive? Add your own Flash memory! The MediaShare Mini was meant to be a consumer-level NAS drive that's mostly used for sharing multi-media around the house. The unit has 4 USB ports, where USB keys... Read more...
If you own a Western Digital NAS drive (like the My Book Live, WD ShareSpace or My Book World Edition), and you also own an Android smartphone, this news is definitely aimed at you. Western Digital just introduced the WD Photos app for Android, giving even Android users the ability to check into their photo album at home. Previously, WD Photos was available for iPhone, but now the Android Market is populated with its own version that can be downloaded free of charge. The WD Photos app is compatible with the most popular Android OS-based smartphones, in native resolution, including, but not limited to, the Droid by Motorola, DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC, Nexus One, and HTC EVO 4G. fter users have copied... Read more...
Network storage seems to be growing more and more popular these days, as broadband becomes more widely available and people are continually on the move. Local storage is very limited by proximity, whereas NAS units can be accessed from anywhere in the world where an Internet connection is available. Buffalo understands the market dynamics, and they're introducing a new line of consumer NAS units in the V-Series. These new devices are being added to the LinkStation lineup; the new high performance V-Series line now consists of the LinkStation Pro, LinkStation Pro Duo and LinkStation Pro Quad. Each member of the new LinkStation V-Series family utilizes a 1.6 GHz processor, giving users unbeatable... Read more...
The Pogoplug has a new version. Pogoplug made its name a few years back by creating a product that would allow standard USB hard drives to be converted into NAS drives. The idea is simple: the Pogoplug has a number of USB ports, and when those are filled with USB hard drives, they're put online and able to be accessed remotely. The Pogoplug Pro is the newest in the family. It has a similar design, but this edition is black and clear. It has four USB 2.0 ports on the rear, enabling up to four USB hard drives to be placed online. The main difference here is that this unit has integrated Wi-Fi, whereas prior editions required an Ethernet connection to your router/broadband modem. With the Pro, the... Read more...
Is Western Digital's "My Book" line the most easily recognized out there in the external storage market? That's probably up for debate, but the range is still going strong years after it got its start. Today, WD is introduced a new connected My Book, the My Book Live. It's marketed at at-home, casual users who simply need a basic NAS solution that can also stream media to DLNA-compatible streaming devices. Devices like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and many connected Blu-ray players. It has a single Gigabit Ethernet port on the rear, and WD claims that it can deliver transfer rates as high as 100Mbps, or over 3x faster than USB 2.0. It also has a built-in media server that can move media to other... Read more...
Seagate this week announced what it claims are the industry's highest-capacity, 4-bay and 2-bay NAS boxes (BlackArmor NAS 440 and 220) capable of scaling up to 12TB. Naturally these are aimed at small businesses, but hey, cost considerations aside, there's nothing from stopping you, Joe Consumer, from tucking one of these bad boys in the back of the closet and storing every music file, dirty video, and all the rest of your digital bits in one central location. Both the BlackArmor NAS 440 and 220 come with a handful of standard features, including: Software management tools Support for Microsoft Active Directory 2000, 2003, and 2008 Hardware-based encryption Remote access Quick start features... Read more...
QNAP is refreshing its Business Series Turbo NAS servers by incorporating a dual-core Intel Atom processor D525 (1.8GHz) and 1GB RAM. The new servers include the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage. The new Turbo NAS Pro+ models are fully VMware and Citrix ready and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V clusters compliant. The servers also have a built-in iSCSI initiator and target service, enabling you to virtually expand network storage by adding additional QNAP Turbo NAS units to the network and adding virtual volumes. The servers also offer volume-level AES 256-bit encryption. The new Business Series Turbo... Read more...
Looking to beef up your storage potential? Who isn't, right? Buffalo is one of the bigger names in the dedicated storage business, and today they are refreshing their DriveStation family. That's a pretty robust family, with the DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad (formerly Quattro) seeing updates. The new multi-drive external units ship with NovaBACKUP Business Essentials, and if you aren't in need of multiple drives just yet, the newly announced DriveStation Axis should be perfect given its single-drive status. The DriveStation Quad is a 4-drive, RAID enabled storage solution for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring large, redundant and high-performance external... Read more...
If you need network storage, LaCie has a solution. And it's a solution that looks better than nearly any alternative we can think of. The new LaCie 5big Storage Server is joining the company's family of professional server solutions, with room for up to 10TB of storage and support for Mac, Windows and Linux workstations. The company has custom built these boxes to perform well under high loads, with a 64-bit dual-core Atom 1.6GHz CPU inside, 2GB of RAM and Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition. In other words, this isn't your mother's NAS. It supports all necessary file sharing formats – SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP – as well as Windows Active Directory, and there are... Read more...
Pogoplug started somewhat of a revolution when they figured out that a simple box could be used to put standard USB external hard drives onto the Internet, enabling remote access. They basically figured out how to market and sell the process of turning standard HDDs into NAS devices, and they've been progressing ever since. Now, with the consumer market behind them, it's the business market that's next on their radar. The company's newest product is the Pogoplug Biz, which looks almost exactly like the second-generation Pogoplug that was introduced last year. The colors are slightly different, but the exterior design really hasn't changed. What has changed is all in the functionality. In order... Read more...
Seagate is expanding their hard drive line once more, with the latest device fitting into the "at-home backup" category. Yes, it's a new NAS drive, but it's unlike any standard consumer NAS device you've seen before. The new GoFlex Home is a wireless backup device that's highly flexible, and aside from backing up files from home computers, it also allows for media streamer and printer sharing around the network. At its heart, the GoFlex Home is a dockable NAS device. The dock itself plugs into your router, and there's a USB port there to add external HDDs or a printer. Then, you dock your 1TB or 2TB GoFlex Hard Drive into that, so if you need to upgrade in the future with a larger drive, you... Read more...
Seagate introduced the new BlackArmor NAS 400 network storage server. Targeting small businesses and households that want data storage protection, performance, and flexibility, the new BlackArmor server has a four-bay storage enclosure that supports a variety of Seagate-certified disk drives. The BlackArmor NAS 400 is scalable, letting you add extra drives when and if you need them. In addition to space for four drives, the BlackArmor NAS 400 comes with backup and protection tools that include full-system remote backup functionalities, user-configurable RAID, and JBOD capabilities. The system also offers a full system recovery option in the event of failure. The BlackArmor NAS 400 is available... Read more...
Say what you will about Apple (and yes, there's a lot to be said), but the company has proven fairly reliable when it comes to repairing or replacing defective gear over the years. They're even confessing to a "bar issue" on the iPhone 4, which can't be an easy thing to do. The only problem we see here, however, is that they're a few years late in addressing a very real issue, and we have all ideas that most consumers moved on and purchased a replacement from a rival company after their Apple unit broke. The unit we're talking about, of course, is the Time Capsule NAS device. Earlier models had a very real problem where they would simply fail without any rhyme or reason, and up until now, Apple... Read more...
It's a good business to be in, this storage sector. Regardless of how much people have, they seem to always end up wanting more. As media grows in size and things become larger and more space-consuming to archive, people are turning to NAS drives and big RAID stacks to handle all of the content that they'd like to keep safe. Netgear has been a major player in this market for a long while, and the company is now introducing their ReadyNAS Ultra line for home users that are more like prosumers than anything else. Being that this is a NAS drive at heart, it boasts some of the same features that you would normally expect to find on a network storage drive. There's plenty of redundancy and space for... Read more...
Have you been in the market for a new NAS drive? Can't figure out which one would suit you best? We know it's a crowded market out there, but QNAP has just dropped a bomb on the whole place. If you're an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone user, QNAP has a new offer that may be too good to refuse. They have developed a new QNAP QMobile app that allows iPad, iPod touch and iPhones to remotely stream music, photos and videos from their QNAP NAS server, and we're not just talking about in-home, but anywhere with an Internet connection. The app is launching alongside the QNAP v3.3 NAS management utility update, and it enables streaming from NAS-to-iProduct over 3G or Wi-Fi. This reduces or eliminates the... Read more...
Introducing Thecus D0204 Portable Storage Device Big storage in a small package featuring USB 3.0 connectivity   06/30/2010 – The age of USB 3.0 is almost here. Today, storage leader Thecus Technology is proud to announce its first portable storage device featuring the new USB 3.0 standard – the D0204. With massive storage capacity in a tiny package no larger than a paperback book, the D0204 delivers impressive data security and performance with an integrated USB 3.0 port, making it the most powerful and versatile portable DAS on the market. The D0204 is a small and compact direct attached storage (DAS) device. Wrapped in a housing measuring a mere 86mm x 55.3mm x 132mm, the... Read more...
Data Robotics shipped their first true NAS drive early last month, caving to requests from users around the world to finally add a native Ethernet connection to their otherwise very intelligent RAID box. The storage solution itself is basically little more than a Drobo S (which we just took a deep dive with), but rather than having USB/eSATA/etc. ports, there's just a single Ethernet port to plug it directly into your network. One thing that was curiously missing at launch, however, was native, official support for Apple's "Time Machine." This is Apple's built-in software program that backs up your Mac (or Macs) on a regular schedule, and it smartly pauses during sleep/shut down and resumes later.... Read more...
It's a NAS drive. It's a USB external hard drive. It's a sleek black paperweight. It's actually a combination of the three, though it's probably the most useful paperweight you'll ever find. LaCie has always added some flair to their line of hard drives, and this new unit is no different. The glossy black Network Space MAX is half backup specialist, half network media server. The dual-disk Gigabit network storage and media server was designed by Neil Poulton, who also designs a great many of LaCie's other units. It has room for two 3.5" HDDs inside, and it can be setup in RAID0/1 modes if you want to use it as a backup drive with redundancy. It also ships with software that eases the setup process,... Read more...
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