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Monday, September 26, 2011

Networked Attached Storage - Showdown

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...te_nas_showdown

"We're going to take a look at four of the top NAS devices currently on the market. All the products we tested support up to four SATA drives in the standard RAID levels (0/1/5/10), providing exceptional performance and reliability. These devices are geared toward small businesses and home offices, and they include features and performance that extend above and beyond what the typical home user will require. But then again, we've always felt that overkill is just another product feature."

Network Attached Storage (NAS) is still an important consideration for many small businesses and homes. I say "still" because the possibility of cloud storage shades the picture somewhat, making things less clear. At the end of the day many people need large file stores available for holding ever expanding media libraries, or for backing up multiple computers. Having that storage physically located in your own home or business and not dependent on an Internet connection for access may be a very good thing. Maximum PC has tested four of the latest NAS solutions, and provided their perspective on their relative merits. If you think you need a NAS, read this article for some good insights.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Network Hard Drives With Extra Cloud Goodness

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/04/0...files-anywhere/

"It has long been a dream of mine to connect a hard drive at home to the Internet. This dream, of late, has been deferred by the rise of cloud services like SugarSync and Dropbox but two hard drive manufacturers, Buffalo and Iomega, have come out with compelling devices that seem to finally allow home and home office users to get the benefits of cloud hosting with the safety of complete control over your data."

Having network-attached storage for your data is a good thing. Having that data be easily accessible to the outside world, as long as it's done securely, it's a great thing. It's extremely handy to be able to grab files from anywhere in the world, as long as said files aren't too big and your upstream Internet connection at home isn't too slow. I don't use the remote file transfer feature on my Windows Home Server too often, but when I need it, it's a life saver!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Considerations Before Buying a Network Attached Storage Device

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:00 AM

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/02/16...storage-system/

"Having used a number of these digital media storage systems over the past several years I have had to go through the buying process; working through my own requirements, researching and evaluating the options in the market, and finally selecting the right system for my usage. In an attempt to make your purchase decision easier I wanted to share some thoughts on how to select the right product for your environment."

If you're thinking about buying a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, it's not something you want to purchase blindly - you'll want to make sure it has all the features you'll need. The author of this article points out 13 different factors that you should consider before making a purchase. Some of them can be easily dismissed - who cares what it looks like if it's going to be in a back room? - but others, such as the device's capability to back up your systems, should be given careful consideration.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Get the Skinny on Three NAS Devices

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"In this article, we're going to present three network-attached storage (NAS) devices from well-known vendors Qnap, Promise, and Co-World. These devices are as different as their makers. This becomes increasingly evident as we start digging into their performance benchmarks and describe their overall capabilities, storage capacity, and target markets / audiences."

Movies, music, photos and documents are all getting larger and larger. As the storage demands for a digital home have increased, many of us have switched to using a Network-Attached-Storage device to handle our archiving needs. Not only can they server as a central repository for all your files, but they can also act as a backup for files you keep on your computer. Unfortunately not all NAS devices are equal, and depending on what you intend on using your NAS for, especially important for those that playback HD quality video, what NAS you pick is extremely important. Tom's Hardware goes through three different ones intended for home or SOHO use. What really surprised me was the range in performance between the devices. Still, for me, a more complete solution such as the HP EX-485/7 boxes are more tempting with the added features it provides, but I imagine some of you still like the old school approach these NAS devices offer.


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