NAS

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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Addonics NAS25HDU2 NAS caddy: plenty of promise, a few annoying flaws

Addonics NAS25HDU2 NAS caddy: plenty of promise, a few annoying flaws

We want to find Addonics NAS25HDU2 single-drive NAS adapter appealing - after all, a hard-drive caddy that makes any HDD network-accessible, as well as offering printer sharing and standalone BitTorrent downloads has to be good, right? - but there are a few blemishes on the spec sheet that have us looking elsewhere.  We can live without the RAID support, after all we're assuming you're not keeping your entire system backup on a single-drive solution, but the 10/100 rather than gigabit ethernet interface is at odds with the media server image.

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HP Data Vault X510 Review – Windows Home Server Powered NAS

HP Data Vault X510 Review – Windows Home Server Powered NAS

A casual glance at the photo and you might think we're re-reviewing the HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server we looked at back in December. In actual fact, this is the business-centric cousin to that device, the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault. Intended for small businesses or serious home offices, the X520 Data Vault promises not only backup but various shared storage options too. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Review

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Review

We liked the original Iomega StorCenter ix2 back when we reviewed it roughly twelve months ago, but the rest of the home NAS market has advanced in the intervening period and the ix2 is looking a little stale. To address that fact, Iomega have launched the StorCenter ix2-200, their second-gen version of the dual-drive backup station, now boasting removable storage and more. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Seagate FreeAgent DockStar review

Seagate FreeAgent DockStar review

Most digital libraries flourishing and ubiquitous connectivity spreading, having access to our personal data and media wherever we are is looking all the more appealing. NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have had the ability to share via broadband for years, but most owners don't take advantage of it; into the mixture steps Seagate, whose new FreeAgent DockStar takes the company's FreeAgent Go USB hard-drive and makes remotely sharing its content incredibly easy. Obvious addition to every home network, or is there a sting in the tail? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 gets bigger, swappable drives

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 gets bigger, swappable drives

It's been a long time since we reviewed Iomega's original StorCenter ix2 NAS, and the company have finally got around to updating the dual-drive consumer/small-office backup and media-sharing system.  The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 keeps the compact footprint of its predecessor but boosts capacity - 1TB, 2TB and 4TB models are on offer - upgrade potential and green credentials.

Unlike the ix2, the ix2-200 has twin user-accessible drive bays, and they're filled with low-power drives that are automatically spun-down when not in use.  The StorCenter also has DLNA media streaming, RAID 1 drive spanning for improved data security, three USB ports for plugging in external drives or webcams, and optional Bluetooth for wirelessly transferring files from mobile devices.

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Novatel MiFi adds Eye-Fi, Cloud backup and VPN apps

Novatel MiFi adds Eye-Fi, Cloud backup and VPN apps

Novatel Wireless have announced the first round of applications which will be offered on its MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, including photo uploads, NAS-style network drive functionality, and VPN support.  The apps - which are produced by developer partners Eye-Fi, Nomadesk and Alcatel-Lucent respectively - will run on the applications processor found in the European MiFi 2352 (which we reviewed back in June) and the MiFi 2372 which will offer AT&T and Rogers Wireless HSPA.

QNAP NMP-1000 HD network media player also does backup [Video]

QNAP NMP-1000 HD network media player also does backup [Video]

Networked media players are, if not quite ten-a-penny, then at least increasingly common these days, so it takes more than an ethernet port and an HDMI output to impress us.  QNAP are hoping their NMP-1000 will do just that, however, thanks to its onboard 3.5-inch hard-drive (up to 2TB), Full HD 1080p output, YouTube and Flickr support, automatic NAS backup functionality and UPnP streaming.

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