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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've a feeling Iomega have been keeping an eye on Pogoplug, since the new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station offers the same sort of networked connectivity for USB drives. Basically a remotely-accessible NAS with no onboard storage, the iConnect has four USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or memory keys, together with a gigabit ethernet port.
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.