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Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology have made a name for themselves in the network-attached storage segment for sturdy hardware, comprehensive software and decent performance, the the company are hoping to deliver all three once again with the DiskStation DS710+. A dual-drive RAID array with some ambitious throughput promises, the DS710+ also gets a fairly premium price tag too; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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QNAP extends its mid-range line with TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II NAS servers

QNAP extends its mid-range line with TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II NAS servers

Network attached storage is an important way for businesses and users to back up their networked computers and content. QNAP has been in the NAS server market for a long time and we have seen their gear before with products like the TS-410 turbo NAS that was unveiled back in October. The company has unveiled two new NAS devices today called the TS-239 Pro II and the TS-439 Pro II NAS servers.

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Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

NAS manufacturer Synology have outed a pair of new external network drives, one for the small business crowd and another more suited to home users.  The Synology DiskStation DS1010+ has five internal HDD bays and the potential for a further five with an optional expansion enclosure, while the DiskStation DS110j makes do with just one drive.  Both support DLNA media streaming, gigabit ethernet connectivity and have a clutch of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or peripherals.

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Iomega iConnect hands-on

Iomega iConnect hands-on

We called Iomega's iConnect a Pogoplug derivative back when the company announced it last week, but having caught up with the company at CES 2010 it seems we may have been a bit too harsh.  Ostensibly a straightforward way to get USB storage hooked up to your network, in fact sharing HDDs and flash drives is just one string to the iConnect's bow.  Check out our demo video and more details after the cut.

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VIA M’SERV S2100 home mini server arrives

VIA M’SERV S2100 home mini server arrives

One of the reasons we have a soft-spot for VIA is that they eat their own dogfood: not only do they produce processors, mainboards and other chipsets, they also put out a range of products (often to OEMs rather than end-users) that actually use them.  Latest is the VIA M'SERV S2100, a boxy little server intended for home and small business users that's powered by the VIA Nano CPU.

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Promise releases hassle-free SmartStor Zero NS2600 NAS server

Promise releases hassle-free SmartStor Zero NS2600 NAS server

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.

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LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

LOOQS MeFrame WiFi photo frame packs Internet Radio, more

While the LOOQS MeeFrame looks, at first glance, like just another digital photo frame - albeit one that sensibly includes WiFI b/g - what makes it moderately interesting is how it fits into the rest of LOOQS' ecosystem.  The company's line-up includes a media storage device - the MeeBox NAS - and a version that integrates a wireless access point - the MeeBox Router - each of which can stream content to the touchscreen MeeFrame; alternatively it can show content from LOOQS' online MeeChannel portal.

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LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie have outed a new NAS, and while the LaCie 12big Rack Network isn't likely to end up in many home installations, it all makes for pretty impressive reading.  A 19-inch 2U rack-mounted unit, the 12big has a full twelve 3.5-inch hard-drive bays and is offered in 6TB, 12TB and 24TB versions.  A hardware RAID controller allows for multiple different setups (RAID0, 1, 10, 5, 50, and 6, in fact) while Windows Storage Server 2008 is installed to manage data deduplication, file replication, encryption and automatic backup.

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Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug have announced their second-generation device, and it aims to build on the usability of the original multimedia sharing brick.  As well as a new hardware design, with four USB 2.0 ports versus the first-gen model's single port, there's also new software with better integration with social media and online galleries such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.  The core concept, however, remains the same: a sixty-second setup, basically amounting to plugging in at least one hard-drive, an ethernet connection and power, and registering the Pogoplug serial number to a free account online.

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