Promise has just released a new NAS box called the SmartStor ZERO NS2600, which the company claims is the first no-hassle NAS server to hit the market. According to Promise, all you need to do is plug the server in, power it on, and install the included software and the rest is automatic. The software will map an open network share, allowing instant access for data backup and DLNA media sharing via digital media players. The server also functions as an iTunes Media Server, allowing music and video to be streamed via iTunes.
"The introduction of the SmartStor ZERO is an example of how Promise is redefining and raising the technology bar within the storage landscape," said Chi Chen Wu, CTO, Promise Technology. "Today's consumer does not want to be concerned with complicated setup procedures, media compatibility, or dealing with the process of accessibility. The consumer wants a one, two, three approach to store, share, and play music, movies, and photos without the hassle of integration."
The ZERO comes with two drive bays supporting up to 4TB of storage. Other features include the ability to upload digital content from a mobile device to the ZERO, display music Album Art in content lists using Windows 7, upload Facebook content, and view video streams (including protected content) purchased from iTunes Store. Prices for the SmartStor ZERO NS2600 start at $279.00, and units will be available at major retail outlets in Q1 of 2010.