Items tagged with NAS

QNAP has been on somewhat of a hot streak here lately. Nearly every month it has delivered something new to us, and with October halfway over, the latest from company is being introduced. Like clockwork, we tell you. The new desktop-centric NAS deviates from the outfit's traditional all-black, all-business attire and instead slips into a sleek white enclosure, and frankly, we dig it.The 2-bay TS-210 NAS server holds up to two 3.5" SATA hard drives (up to 4TB supported with 2TB HDDs) and features a Marvell 800MHz CPU, 256MB of DDR2 memory and support for RAID 1. It also supports iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning and a Gigabit LAN port, all of which are generally reserved for higher-end/enterprise... Read more...
Iomega may not have the name recognition that Western Digital and Seagate share, but it's gaining serious ground in the storage marketplace. Hot on the heels of its four-bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS introduction, the company is issuing a smaller, green version for home users and small businesses. The compact StorCenter ix2-200 aims to put enterprise NAS features into the hands of consumers, all while improving the unit design. The drive is being made available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB sizes, with prices starting at under $270. Iomega claims that its user interface is incredibly easy to grasp, and the remote access features should make sharing files over the web/network a peace of cake. Just in... Read more...
Israeli-based CTERA Networks is adding its new CTERA CloudPlug and CTERA C200 products to the growing list of devices that let you easily convert external hard drives into network-attached storage (NAS) devices and make them remotely accessible. Unlike other devices that perform similar functionality, such as the Pogoplug and the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar, CTERA's two new devices add an additional feature that these other products lack: automatic online backup.It is the addition of online-based storage that inspires CTERA to refer to these two products as "Cloud Attached Storage" devices (CTERA owns the trademark on that phrase, so don't expect to see other companies use the same expression... Read more...
Perhaps best known for its Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers, QNAP recently introduced a new network appliance that combines a set-top player with a NAS server. The new NMP-1000 Network Multimedia Player's internal hard drive and software can catalog digital pictures, videos, music, and other content from computers on the home network. The player can also play those files back in the home theater using the included remote control. The NMP-1000 has HDMI, component, composite, and S-Video interfaces. It connects to the home network via wired Ethernet (it's also wireless adapter ready). The player can handle full HD 1080p video. A wide range of formats for playing back digital pictures, videos,... Read more...
Netgear is certainly not new to the Network Attached Storage space. The company has been producing NAS drives for businesses and professionals for years, and they have actually garnered quite the name for themselves all the while. But for whatever reason, the outfit has been hesitant to dabble in the consumer NAS arena...until now.Today, Netgear is finally taking the leap of faith that we've all been waiting for by launching the Stora. Aimed to compete with offerings by Seagate, QNAP, Western Digital, Hitachi and loads of other HDD firms, this sleek black box helps consumers keep all of their media in one centralized place that can be accessed from anywhere--so long as there's an Internet connection,... Read more...
Seeing an LG HDTV or an LG notebook won't turn any eyes up in curiosity, but an LG NAS? Yeah, LG is evidently in the Network Attached Storage business now, and it's entering in a big way. The new N2R1 is a rather robust device--clearly LG thought long and hard before jumping in a market already saturated with entries from QNAP and the like.The box ships with up to 2TB of hard drives within, but aside from just providing redundant storage for those with incredibly precious files, there's also a built-in DVD writer and playback feature for backing things up on optical discs. It's compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, and naturally, the files on it can be retrieved from anywhere... Read more...
Seagate has licensed CloudEngines' easy-to-use Pogoplug network-attached storage (NAS) technology, and has integrated it into the new FreeAgent DockStar network adapter. With a FreeAgent DockStar, you can easily turn any Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive (not included) into a network-attached storage device.The primary focus of the Pogoplug technology is to turn any USB-based storage device into an easy to setup and use NAS device, with simple remote access for file sharing. We reviewed the original Pogoplug device back in July--for in-depth details into the technology and how it works, see our review here. The original Pogoplug has a single USB port for networking a single drive. The... Read more...
Today HP announced the details about a bevy of new products that are either available starting now or will be very soon. HP's fall product lineup consists of no less than four new laptops, two new netbooks, a new all-in-one desktop, two new business-class desktops, seven new displays, and two new additions to its MediaSmart media server line of NAS devices.   HP ENVY 13A number of these newly-minted products are attention-getters for their looks and specs; but perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch would have to be the new HP ENVY 13 laptop. The ENVY 13 uses an all-metal design, made from aluminum and magnesium. The laptop's design is very stylish and even includes a design pattern laser-etched... Read more...
Iomega recently introduced its 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS for those into rack-mounted gear, but what if you're more into the traditional style? If so, there's the new StorCenter ix4-200d NAS, a high performance four-drive desktop NAS designed more for consumers and small business owners than corporations and IT departments. The black box sports EMC storage technologies as well as VMware certification for virtualization installations, and Iomega asserts that you can have it up and running with just "four mouse clicks and a few minutes." Not bad! The drive's four bays provide room for up to 8TB of storage (four 2TB internal HDDs), all of which can obviously be accessed via your network or... Read more...
With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank. For such businesses, maintaining an onsite Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution is often the best answer. NAS devices are... Read more...
With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank.For such businesses, maintaining an onsite Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution is often the best answer. NAS devices are... Read more...
Need some new networked storage? How about lots of networked storage? If you answered both of those with "yes," QNAP has you covered. The storage solution provider has today expanded its their Turbo NAS lineup with a pair of new ultra-high performance NAS servers for the corporate and entry-level enterprise market. Hey, the suits need storage too, okay?The new TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP models are both 4-drive 1U rack mounted NAS servers with hot-swappable drives that are capable of up to 8TB total capacity using 2TB drives. The newly-designed HDD tray for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD dual support is also equipped in these two models, which gives users more choices to deploy the hard drives. As for... Read more...
NAS devices come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as with different capacities and features. But for the most-reliable type of storage solution, the NAS devices of choice should be a multi-drive unit with RAID support. It is important to keep in mind, however, that while RAID adds extra layers of fault tolerance in the form redundant data storage--thus making your data's storage more reliable--it is still not a replacement for backing up your data. The best RAID solutions offer easy-to-use and robust tools for doing both.One great example of such a device is the Synology Disk Station DS409+. The DS409+ is a four-bay NAS device that holds up to four, internal SATA drives that can be... Read more...
Regardless of their size or industry, most businesses depend on ready and secure access to their data. To a business, "secure" means that its data is protected from hardware or software failures and is safe from prying eyes. But small and even some medium-sized businesses often can't afford to maintain a data center, let alone a dedicated IT staff. Such businesses still have numerous options for data storage and access solutions, including contracting the service out or even relying on cloud-based solutions. But for those smallish businesses that have tech-savvy staff members, often the preferred solution is to rely on cost-effective onsite storage in the form of business-grade network-attached... Read more...
It's hard to believe that Apple last updated its Time Capsule NAS + WLAN router in March, but already the Cupertino, California-based company is giving customers a reason to upgrade. In typical Apple fashion, the company quietly updated its Time Capsule with a 2TB model, up from the previous high of 1TB. For those unaware, Time Capsule is a high-end NAS drive that also acts as a full-fledged, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n wireless router. Apple shoves an enterprise-grade hard drive within and also adds three Ethernet ports in the back alongside a USB socket which can be used for connecting a wireless printer or hooking up external storage solution (HDD). Naturally, these provide added capabilities... Read more...
Thecus Launches the N0503 ComboNASUse 3.5” or 2.5” hard disks with Thecus - The choice is all yours 07/28/2009 – Ever the innovator, Thecus Technology has racked up an impressive number of firsts. In 2005, Thecus introduced the world’s first DAS device with eSATA support, enabling file transfers of up to 3Gb/s. With the N3200 in 2007, Thecus brought the security of RAID 5 to a home NAS. Today, Thecus is pleased to reveal the world’s first NAS device with the ability to accommodate both 2.5” and 3.5” hard disks – the N0503.One look at the N0503 tells you it’s different. Using its special combo hard disk bays, the N0503 can actually support up to five 2.5” hard disks or three 3.5” hard disks. Fill... Read more...
Although the worldwide economy may be shrinking, our needs as consumers to store large amounts of data continues to grow at a breakneck pace. Whereas only a few years ago it was uncommon for most PC users to have more than just a few digital images or media files, today virtually every aspect of our lives has some sort of digital component. Our mobile phones now take pictures, shoot video, record audio and handle e-mail. it seems like everyone has a vast MP3 collection. We all create numerous documents, presentations, etc. And high-resolution, multi-megapixel digital cameras are prolific--and all that data has to go somewhere, if you want to save it, that is. While consumers have a seemingly... Read more...
Although the worldwide economy may be shrinking, our needs as consumers to store large amounts of data continues to grow at a breakneck pace. Whereas only a few years ago it was uncommon for most PC users to have more than just a few digital images or media files, today virtually every aspect of our lives has some sort of digital component. Our mobile phones now take pictures, shoot video, record audio and handle e-mail. it seems like everyone has a vast MP3 collection. We all create numerous documents, presentations, etc. And high-resolution, multi-megapixel digital cameras are prolific--and all that data has to go somewhere, if you want to save it, that is.While consumers have a seemingly... Read more...
For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have become surprisingly easy to set up and use, but most still require at least a modicum of networking knowhow. In a bid to allay the fears of even the greenest of computer users, however, CloudEngine's Pogoplug makes setting up and using a NAS device as easy as it can possibly be. The Pogoplug is the size of large AC adapter. It has Ethernet and USB ports;... Read more...
For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have become surprisingly easy to set up and use, but most still require at least a modicum of networking knowhow. In a bid to allay the fears of even the greenest of computer users, however, CloudEngine's Pogoplug makes setting up and using a NAS device as easy as it can possibly be.The Pogoplug is the size of large AC adapter. It has Ethernet and USB... Read more...
QNAP not only provides a respectable array of NAS devices (as we saw in own testing), but it also looks out for its customers. In fact, we can't think of another company that issues as many firmware updates and provides more new features to existing owners than QNAP.Today, the company is doling out another monumental update with its Version 3.1 firmware. The new NAS management software adds a few rather significant new features including virtual disk support (up to 8 virtual disks via iSCSI expansion over the network) and an exclusive QNAP RAID Recovery that can recover a degraded or inactive RAID 1, 5, or 6 due to unintentional removal of drives. Furthermore, Network Discovery Services are enhanced... Read more...
LaCie--a mainstay in the storage industry--has just broken all sorts of boundaries with its latest lineup. Hailed as the company's "biggest storage solutions" yet, these 2U 19" rack-mounted DAS, NAS, iSCSI, or FC SAN devices will far exceed the needs of most consumers. Indeed, LaCie's aiming these squarely at the business and enterprise sectors, those where loads and loads of reliable storage are required to keep things humming along smoothly.The 12big Rack product range is an enterprise class 2U rack-mounted portfolio, targeted at corporate IT users and video professionals. The family is comprised of the 12big Rack Fibre, LaCie 12big Rack Serial, and LaCie 12big Rack Network, which provide (respectively)... Read more...
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