speed is also a prerequisite if you want to get things going more efficiently and the Drobo 4 Bay Gen3 is just the external storage solution built with those two requisites in mind. it features a complete new architecture that boasts 3 times faster performance over the previous generation and 4 times rebuild times for maximizing data availability in the event of a disk drive failure. a built-in battery pack offers further protection when hit by unfortunate power outages, while BeyondRAID enables you to quickly and seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by removing the disk pack from the existing Drobo, and moving it to their new one. Continue reading Drobo 4 Bay Gen3
these days living in the cloud is a must, even for your home digital content cos’ its all about accessibility and sharing. so if you have yet to drop some cash for a personal cloud storage solution, you might want to give the Synology DiskStation DS213j NAS Server a thought. under the hood, the DS213j is driven by a 1.2GHz processor with an integrated FPU, giving it the power to crunch multi-sized thumbnail images faster than its predecessor. it leverages on the firm’s DiskStation Manager (currently, the DSM 4.2), allowing for easy accessing and sharing of files with Cloud Station, as well as the DS cloud mobile app. like all good personal cloud storage devices or NAS, you can access your digital contents on the DS213j via the web without the need for rocket science-like port-forwarding process. Continue reading Synology DiskStation DS213j NAS Server
with 1TB of built-in storage, the Sony Personal Content Station LLS-201 is a WiFi designed for digital media munchers who prefer to have their cloud nearer to home than hundred of miles away in some stranger’s place. basically, it works in the same way as most media hubs or network media players. it offers you a space – all 1TB of it – to consolidate your growing megabytes of photos, audios and videos, across multiple devices and sharing them with absolute ease. you can choose to transfer the data to the device via WiFi connection from your smartphones or tablets, USB connection, or memory cards. Continue reading Sony Personal Content Station LLS-201
Mobile World Congress may sounds like it has everything to do with mobile devices, but the Samsung HomeSync Android TV Box unveiled the MWC this year isn’t a mobile communication device. obvious, but we are sure it will still get its fair share of attention. it might look as boxy as most media centers or media players in the market, but the Samsung HomeSync Android TV stands out with its never disappoint Sammy treatment of brushed finished metal and like any good media center, it offers features such as 8GB eMMC plus 1 Terabyte HDD for your media collections Continue reading Samsung HomeSync Android TV Box
the problem with today’s backup solutions is they just back them up. so if you are looking for a device that does more than just backing things up or one that does back up across both Mac OS X and Windows platforms or backing up multiple devices, then look no further than the Seagate Central Shared Storage. the Seagate Central is essentially a shared storage that offers automatic and continuous backup (wirelessly, of course) for all the computers you have in your home and it can even backup your photos and videos directly from your Facebook. Continue reading Seagate Central Shared Storage
media servers, NAS, personal cloud or whatever you call them – they are essentially external hard drives designed to contain our burgeoning digital contents. regardless of their marketed purpose, we thus begin to amass whole bunch them for different purposes such as file sharing, digital content streaming and even one for our space-hungry tablets and smartphones. what if we could one drive that does it all? in comes the Corsair Voyager Air, a mobile wireless drive that aims conquer them all. in fact, it is not just a mobile wireless drive, it is also a home network drive, a USB drive and a wireless hub – all at the same time. Continue reading Corsair Voyager Air Mobile Wireless Drive
LaCie CloudBox | from US$119.99 | www.lacie.com
do not mistaken this beautiful drive as a desktop hard drive cos’ it is more than that. the LaCie CloudBox is a piece of technology that’s going to bring your family together and thus, you folks, including extended family, will no longer feel fragmented or torn apart by your individual gadgets. the CloudBox is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) also referred to as your Personal Cloud that offers up to 3TB of hard drive space and is network-ready via Ethernet, connecting your entire family to their music, movies, photos and other digital contents. Continue reading LaCie CloudBox
Drobo Mini Storage Drive | from US$649.00 | www.drobo.com
blame it on today’s high definition digital contents for making us crying out for more storage capacity. cloud storage provides a convenient, favorable proposition but limited in capacity, unless you are willing to dig deep into your pockets for more space. that said, it is sounds logical to fall back on the good’ol portable hard drive that you can actually manage yourself. however, it is not just any external hard drive that we need but one such as the Drobo Mini Storage Drive that is capable of accommodating up to four 2.5-inch hard drives with a total possible capacity of 3TB. Continue reading Drobo Mini Storage Drive
(image: LaCie) LaCie LaPlug | US$74.99 | www.lacie.com
most of us would have at least one USB flash drive or portable hard drive but in order to access the same external storage from different computers in your home network, it would require you to do the plug and unplug process every time you switch to a different computer. that said, LaCie has a pretty nifty solution that could make life a little easier, though not that life is any harder as it is but it should make life’s process a wee more efficient. the LaCie LaPlug, as it is called, is a wireless USB hub that allows user to connect up to four USB storage to it and thus, transforming the USB flash drive or portable hard drive into a network attached storage (NAS). once plugged in, the USB flash drive or portable hard drive will be available wirelessly to all computers on the network. it also offers on-the-road access though a simple entry on your web browser URL with a custom LaPlug URL. Continue reading LaCie LaPlug – data sharing wirelessly at home or on the go
(photo credit: verbatim.com) Verbatim MediaShare Mini | US$90 | verbatim.com
Verbatim proves that Network Attached Storage or NAS doesn’t need to be big with the new MediaShare Mini, albeit some trade off. the Mini has no internal storage, instead it lets you connect any existing external drive to your network.
the Mini supports up to four USB-connected external drives which you can access via your home network or the Internet. it is strange that Verbatim decided to head this way. i mean isn’t having a basic storage with addition of USB port(s) to accept any other external drives a more ‘cuts both ways’ solution?
maybe we would be able to save some desktop space, but putting a hard drive or in this case, up to four would undoubtedly clutter the space too. in anyway, this could be good for those who need to have high turn over of drives. the Mini offers the same features as the full-size counterpart such as remote access, photo album sharing, mobile device supports, social web integration and media streaming.
seriously, i thought the Mini can’t be considered as a NAS proper as it has no built-in storage. it’s more like a network attached bridging solution. don’t you think so?