It's been almost 18 months since we reviewed the Drobo, and now Data Robotics are back with their latest model, the DroboPro. Aimed at small businesses and professionals with huge quantities of data, the Data Robotics DroboPro has a full eight SATA I/II bays each happy with up to 2TB drives for a maximum of 16TB storage. It also features the company's intelligent monitoring and management system.
Sony have released the PS3 v2.70 firmware update, presumably the "significant global announcement" they had previously promised. Sony PS3 firmware v2.70 adds Text Chat functionality, a Friends List on the XMB, video backup to an external hard-drive and synchronization of PSP video over to the PS3 for big-screen viewing.
More details, plus video overview after the cut
Corsair have announced a desktop dock that can turn any USB flash drive into a one-click backup solution. The Corsair Voyager Port has a top-mounted USB 2.0 port and comes with a copy of NovaBACKUP 10; at the push of the Voyager Port's single button, a preset backup is triggered.
Video demo after the cut
Sun have been commissioned to fit the internet into a box: a shipping-container sized box, to be exact, packed full with 60 of the company's Sun Fire X4500 Open Storage Systems. It's all for The Internet Archive, who wanted a secure way to keep their three petabytes of backup data safe.
Backup remains a guilty chore, and one which most of us don't complete as often as we know we ought to. Cheap USB drives certainly offer the storage, but it's still down to the user to make the most of them; that's where Clickfree comes in. Their automatic backup is, according to the claims, easier than making toast. SlashGear picked up the Clickfree HD325 hard-drive and Clickfree Transformer Cable to see if that was true.
Nokia's Contacts on Ovi database has failed, leaving users without any of the updated information they made since January 23rd. The failure, which was brought about after cooling in the hosting center broke down, proved irretrievable, and as such the Contacts team was forced to restore it from the most recent backup from an earlier center, with data approximately three weeks old. As a result, any profile details, images or friendships set up since that date are no longer available.
After playing with VIA's ARTiGO A2000 barebones NAS earlier in the month, and coming away impressed with the file-sharing and backup performance of its 1.5GHz C7 processor, we're interested to see VIA drop the same CPU into their altogether more serious 8-bay rack server. The VIA NSR7800 is a 2U rack server with eight 3.5-inch SATA-II drive bays and dual gigabit LAN, which apparently consumes at least 50-percent less power than rival products.
Microsoft have officially confirmed their My Phone backup and synchronization service, after it was spotted running ahead of time last week. An official announcement regarding the service - plus an invite-only beta - is expected for Mobile World Congress, but what we do know now is that My Phone will offer synchronization of contacts, appointment and other date, together with photo sharing, for Windows Mobile handsets.
Microsoft statement after the cut