On Tuesday Seagate introduced a new hard drive which is specifically made for NAS (network attached storage) installations. NAS is considered to be one of the most reasonably priced centralized storage solutions for small office networks and homes. But since most NAS devices do not come with drives, Seagate did the honors of taking a step further announcing its Seagate NAS HDD.
QNAP has released the Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 series of network attached storage devices. The TS-x21 series is powered by a 2.0 GHz CPU and 1GB of DDR3 memory. The TS-x20 series is a step down being powered by a 1.6 GHz CPU and 512 MB of DDR3 memory. Both of these devices are idea of home and small business setups for file storage, sharing, data backup and media servers.
QNAP, Inc. launches its latest mid level NAS Series, the TS-x69 Pro and TS-x69L Series with XBMC. The TS-x69 Pro and L series are powered by an Intel Atom 2.13 GHz Dual-Core processor with expandable memory up to 3GB. The XBMC Media Center feature allows users to directly connect the NAS through their TV’s HDMI port for direct media playback. Users can now watch their favorite movies, videos, listen to their favorite music, and view their photos directly on their TV. With XBMC, users can also manage their video library, create/manage their own personal music playlists and create their own photo slideshows.
We mainly know Gigabyte for their motherboard and video card offerings, but they do offer many other products as well. The network-attached storage (NAS) segment is very stable so of course Gigabyte is in that space. They have just launched their latest 4-bay NAS, the GR-EZI14H. It is almost identical to the GR-EZI04H which was launched back in December. The main difference is that the GR-EZI14H ships with Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 instead of the custom Linux operating system that was on the GR-EZI04H.
With the products they showed at Digital Experience, Buffalo is further diversifying its product lineup by delving deeper into the storage sector. They displayed a set of external SSDs connected via Thunderbolt, including a professional-level dual drive unit configured in RAID 0. They also showed a HDD with a DDR3 RAM cache for near SSD performance at a very affordable price. Buffalo also showed a series of Linkstation NASes that use a central relay system for Buffalo Link, a way to access files remotely from any computer or mobile device.
Synology America Corp. today announced the most recent update of its entry-level 4-bay DiskStation, the DS413j. The DS413j makes an ideal addition to home networks.
“The DS413j makes for a great upgrade for home users,” said Jason Bonoan, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp. “With everything that DSM brings to the table, it makes for an extremely affordable private cloud solution.” DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.1 brings a host of features to enable users’ private cloud, from folder synchronization to enhanced multimedia streaming services.
Network attached storage device manufacturer Synology had a great booth this year at CES. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talked with Synology’s Doug Self about the new version of the NAS firmware running on Synology devices. The new version includes some reorganization of the desktop-paradigm control panel and also enables a new CloudDrive feature, which enables a user to setup and control their own cloud storage system, like SpiderOak or Dropbox, using their Synology device. We also looked at the new DS411 Slim, a 4-bay NAS which uses 2.5” drives in order to give the device a very small size and increase its portability. Check out our video interview.
Synology loves hardware revisions, and the DS-212+ is the latest in the business series of dual-bay NASes from the network storage company. Sporting a faster processor, USB3, and lower power consumption, the DS-212+ shapes up to be a good improvement on the DS-211+. ThinkComputers has the review.
Network attached storage is nothing new and one of the leaders in this space is Synology. Their DiskStation series of network attached storage devices are very popular and we have reviewed quite a few. Today we are taking a look at a 2-bay device the DiskStation DS212. It features Synology’s DiskStation Manager Operating System, hardware encryption engine, USB 3.0 connectivity, room for 2 hard drives and much more. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
Connectivity is king for external storage devices. The more ways a user can connect, the more ways the user can access their data in any situation. The IOCELL NetDisk SOLO NEWFAST is a sleek external hard drive enclosure offering four ways of connecting to the drive: USB, eSATA, direct Ethernet, and via a network connection. ThinkComputers has the review.