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Monday, May 30, 2011

Data Encryption Can Drag Down NAS Performance

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...es-ni,2873.html

"Three vendors of network-attached storage, Qnap, Synology, and Thecus, sent over Intel Atom-based NAS servers to test the effects of protecting your data via encryption. But performance and configuration options are not identical, as our testing shows. Once you start getting into higher-end networked storage devices for SMBs, you often see value-added features like the ability to encrypt stored data to improve security. There are different ways to achieve this, which depend on the vendor. Some employ encryption at the partition level, while others encrypt at the file level."

If you've got a high-end NAS device - typically deployed in business scenarios - you may want to think twice about enabling data encryption. Depending on what type of hardware your NAS uses, and how encryption has been implemented, performance could fall off a cliff. Read up!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Segate Debuts GoFlex Home, A Network Storage System

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pr...network-storage

"Seagate today unveiled the newest addition to its GoFlexTM family of hard drives-the GoFlexTM Home network storage system. When this easy-to-use device is connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store, easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from both Windows® and Mac OS® X operating systems on the home[1] network. The new centralized storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with Apple® Time Machine®, as well as including a version of the backup application for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. With the GoFlex Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos, movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game consoles or a GoFlexTM TV HD media player, from any room in the house. With just two cable connections and a simple, illustrated, step-by-step installation tool that gets the device up and running in minutes, the GoFlex Home system solves the household storage puzzle in a snap."

I have a Windows Home Server, and for the most part am quite fond of it, but despite Microsoft's best efforts, it's still too complex of a system for the average home user to implement. Seagate is entering the already very crowded NAS space, but they could be on to something here with the GoFlex Home. The price of the 1 TB model is only $159.99 USD, and the price of the 2 TB model is $229.99. I think $160 is quite affordable for network-level backup, and is much cheaper than even the least expensive Windows Home Server. We'll see if we can get our hands on one for review - stay tuned!

The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...


Monday, August 31, 2009

Add Video Across Your Network Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:09 PM

http://www.withinwindows.com/2009/0...to-movie-maker/

"Windows Live Movie Maker, having started off as a glass hammer, has made significant strides in the areas of functionality and usability. If you haven't already pushed all the buttons in the new release, I recommend you check out Paul's thorough review.Bozo. What were you thinking? While playing around with Movie Maker, I tried to import some video content stored on my HP MediaSmart. Just my luck, it's not supported. As you can plainly see on the right, Microsoft suggests I copy my content - which could theoretically be gigabytes in size - to my local disk. Uh. How about no?"

This is one of those rare occasions where I'm going to post about an article, but caution you against following what it says: when you work with any sort of file across a network, if even the slightest thing goes wrong with the thousands of packets flying back and forth, you can end up with a corrupted output file, or a corrupted project. It might be OK for smaller video files (say, under 100 MB) but if you're using huge video files across your network, the odds of a bit flipping here or there and causing problems will increase. This is one of those "proceed at your own risks" type of tips.


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