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Drobo FS gets benchmarked

Drobo FS gets benchmarked

The Drobo FS "File Server" came as a welcome surprise to network-loving users wanting to share the Drobo magic with multiple computers, but just how well does it perform?  New owner Timon Royer wasn't content with Data Robotics' own "30-40MB/s" figures, and so he benchmarked the compact NAS/server himself.  He found that, while the Drobo FS does perform better than a second-gen Drobo, it's still not the NAS to get if you're looking for outright speed.

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Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive.  Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.

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Iomega unveils new 12-bay StorCenter ix12-300r storage array

Iomega unveils new 12-bay StorCenter ix12-300r storage array

Iomega has unveiled a new storage device aimed at the small business needing data protection with network attached storage, but without a full time IT staff. The new storage array is called the StorCenter ix12-300r.

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Pogoplug v2 Review

Pogoplug v2 Review

Network-attached storage is seldom eye-catching, rarely interesting and not normally cheap, and in that sort of market the Pogoplug is guaranteed to stand out. Currently in its second generation - with a fair few software upgrades along the way - the bright pink box promises to take regular USB hard drives and have them shared across a network for both local and remote access within minutes. Too good to be true? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Drobo FS “File Server” is NAS version of Drobo S [Video]

Drobo FS “File Server” is NAS version of Drobo S [Video]

Only yesterday we were singing the praises of the Data Robotics Drobo S, perfect if you need local, redundant storage for your workstation, and today the company have outed their NAS version.  The Drobo FS - or "Drobo File Server" - takes the Drobo S and swaps that model's USB/eSATA/FireWire for an gigabit ethernet port on the back, meaning you can share files protected using its BeyondRAID system across your network.

Video demo after the cut

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Thecus N8800+ NAS server debuts

Thecus N8800+ NAS server debuts

Thecus is a prolific maker of NAS devices and has a full range of offerings. Many of the offerings are aimed at the home and small business user and are designed to sit beside the desk like the N4200 we talked about last month. Other offerings from Thecus are rack mount devices that are aimed at larger businesses like the N8800+ that is debuting today.

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Synology offers new DiskStation DS410 NAS server

Synology offers new DiskStation DS410 NAS server

We have talked before about the Synology line of NAS devices. In fact, we have even reviewed one of the firms NAS devices in the past. The company makes a full line of storage devices ranging from pro level units to machines designed more of the home or small office users.

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Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station Review

Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station Review

Sharing files - whether a central document store, a single place for backup or a huge multimedia library - is becoming more popular, and we're seeing an increasing number of devices promise to take your regular USB storage and make it network-friendly. Latest to the SlashGear test bench is the Iomega iConnect, a compact box that can share both drives and printers to local and remote users. Cheaper and with more features out-of-the-box, can it unseat the Pogoplug? Check out our full review after the cut.

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Intel Atom “storage optimized” platform promises faster NAS

Intel Atom “storage optimized” platform promises faster NAS

Intel's Atom processors may be best known for their role in netbooks, but the low-power chips have also been making inroads into always-on devices such as NAS, RAID arrays and small servers.  It comes as little surprise, then, that Intel have pushed out its first "storage-optimized" Atom-based platform, using the latest D410 and dualcore D510 CPUs paired with the high-throughput Intel 82801IR I/O Controller.  Apparently the platform has already been picked up by LaCie, LG, QNAP, Synology and Thecus for upcoming products.

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Thecus N4200 NAS with 6D tech debuts

Thecus N4200 NAS with 6D tech debuts

We have talked about the Thecus line of NAS devices before. The company offers models aimed at consumers and versions that are designed for rack mounting aimed at businesses like the 1U4600 I mentioned last month. Thecus has announced a new NAS device called the N4200 with 6D technology.

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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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