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Sony VAIO VGF-HS1 1TB Home Server

Sony VAIO VGF-HS1 1TB Home Server

Sony's VAIO VGF-HS1 Home Server, which was launched in Japan back in May, has finally appeared in the US.  Unlike its fellow circular-HTPCs, the HS1 is basically a network-attached storage and streaming device; outfitted with 1TB of storage from dual 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drives, it supports remote backup, DLNA streaming and one-touch photo and video transfer.

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Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate are exploring new SSD technologies that combine SLC (single layer chip) and MLC (multiple layer chip) to create a cost-effective and reliable hybrid.  Talking to Pocket-lint, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins revealed that the company would "love to have an SSD range" but that issues with read/write cycle performance and production cost are slowing them down.  Pat King, senior vice president of global marketing, also confirmed that Seagate are planning a network-attached storage (NAS) device for home customers.

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Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Liked the look of Mvix's dual-drive RAID NAS but need room for a third hard-drive?  Thecus Technology may have the network-attached storage for you, then, in the shape of the N3200PRO.  With space for three SATA HDDs for total capacity of up to 3TB, the 160 x 170 x 215mm box offers home and small business users not only the convenience of a media server but the speed and data redundancy benefits of RAID 5.

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Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix have announced their latest NAS device, the MvixBOX WDN-2000 2-Bay Ultra Performance NAS/Media Server, complete with remote file access, bittorrent downloads, dynamic website hosting and data backup. Capable of holding two SATA drives of up to 1.5TB capacity each, the MvixBOX has gigabit connectivity and will ship in a drive-free state for users to add their own storage.

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Buffalo TeraStation Pro NAS with 6TB capacity

Buffalo TeraStation Pro NAS with 6TB capacity

Buffalo's TeraStation Pro has just received a significant capacity bump, with the Japanese arm of the company announcing a 6TB version of the network-attached-storage device, the TS-H6.0TGL/R5.  Four 1.5TB hard-drives are set up in a quick-swap RAID array, capable of RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 setups, with gigabit network connectivity and jumbo frame support.

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iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server is Bluetooth-friendly

iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server is Bluetooth-friendly

The iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server was announced today and it's getting a bit of Bluetooth support, though not as much as many would have liked to see.  

In fact, the new NAS server can only really be described as "Bluetooth-friendly," which means it will support some USB Bluetooth dongles. You would have to pay extra for the dongle, though it would allow you to send files and such from your mobile devices straight to the server for backing up or for sharing with others.

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LG N4B1 4TB NAS with Blu-ray burner

LG have unveiled what looks to be the world’s first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with a built-in Blu-ray drive.  Looking to have borrowed a few design cues from Apple, the N4B1 has up to 4TB of storage (presumably spread across some sort of RAID array) and a Blu-ray burner for making copies of data to be stored off-site.

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Popcorn Hour A-110 media streamer: great product even greater

Popcorn Hour’s undoubtedly brilliant “networked media tank” has been in to get re-armed, and come back as the A-110.  To the bevy of codecs supported there’s now 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA HDD and USB Slave functionality, HDMI has been updated to 1.3a, and there’s new support of HD Audio pass-through for DTS HD-HR, DTS HD-MA, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD.

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Drobo NAS gets SDK for UPnP, Linux support and other tweaking

Data Robotics has released an SDK for their Drobo robotic RAID array.  The Drobo, which we reviewed in August last year, attempts to make backup and data redundancy straightforward by automating much of the RAID process; while it initially was intended for connection to a single PC, the company subsequently released a networking component called DroboShare.  With the SDK, Drobo can already be used for UPnP/DLNA media streaming.

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Seagate Maxtor Central Axis NAS offers 1TB & auto-sort software

Hard-drive company Seagate have announced their latest network-attached storage (NAS) device, the Maxtor Central Axis network drive.  Containing 1TB of storage, the monolithic block supports DLNA and UPnP media streaming and secure remote access via the internet. 

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I-O DATA HDL2-G NAS with RAID & Toshiba TV integration

Typical, you wait all this time for a straightforward twin-drive RAID array and two turn up on the same day.  Well, maybe it’s not something we’ve been actively waiting for, but hot on the heels of Western Digital’s My Book Mirror Edition comes I-O DATA’s HDL2-G.  Again, it’s a dual-drive unit offering 1TB or 2TB of storage in RAID-0 Striped format, only this time I-O DATA have done the sensible thing and fitted a gigabit ethernet port as well as USB. 

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Buffalo’s latest LinkStation fits in the palm of your hand – called the LinkStation Mini

Buffalo has done it again expanding their LinkStation NAS line with a new smaller model. The LinkStation mini uses a pair of those 500GB 2.5” notebook drives that everyone’s been cranking out to make an NAS that you can carry around with you.

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