With the phenomenal growth of data and a better awareness of the need to back it up, there is always a market for a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Last I really knew of Iomega was back in the ZIP drive days where they ruled the home storage world. But with EMC bringing their enterprise level experience to the SOHO arena, can it revive this company's fortunes with the Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS? Thanks to the good people at Iomega, DigitalReviews gets up close and personal with a 2 Tb edition of the ix2.
Call me carbon-dated but I can still remember when Nero Burning Rom was still in digital diapers and Easy CD Creator ruled the ROM burning world. Those were the days when Nero had a decent product but was always playing second fiddle in hardware support. About the time when the main competitor changed names was when Nero gain ascendency and Nero 9 is the latest in the pedigree. Nero 9 has evolved into a powerful suite of tools that encompasses the cycle from the birth to distribution of your multimedia creations, whether it is music, video, photos or data.
What a brilliant idea! Most people who want to upgrade to the speed and performance of a solid-state drive might be put off by the daunting task of either a fresh install or ghosting their HDD. I know that I'm in that category: I hate going through a fresh install all the time because I do it several times a year and every time it takes ages to get it back to a workstation, personalised to my needs.
However, Imation have come out with a simple upgrade kit that contains everything except a screwdriver to make upgrades to their SSDs a non-event.
I tried it out today and the big question is: how did I go?
Today, we turn our attention to another one, except it is made by Synology. You may have never heard of the company, but they have been making these kinds of products for quite a while now.
Let's take a look at what makes this product different from the nearby competition.
It was with great anticipation that the Rebit finally landed on my desk.
First question you might ask: what is a Rebit? It has nothing to do with a rabbit of course -- the company logo features a frog so that might give a clue. It's not that croaking sound you might hear from the unit when it is doing its job but maybe it is related to the fact that this unit shines when your computer has croaked it... Anyway, let's hop to it and tell you what this is all about!
A Rebit allows you to back up your system without going through the hassles of backing up. Clear?
Didn't think so. What would you think of the claim that a Rebit totally eliminates backing up? And still protects your system in a continuous, transparent and complete way -- fully automatic?
Hard to believe, so let's check it out.
Like many, my family's data storage requirements are increasing at an exponential rate. High Definition home movies; work documents; 10+ megapixel photographs, etc. all require ever growing amounts of hard drive space.
And raw storage space isn't the only problem: Keeping all this data safe from hardware failures as well as maintaining easy access are important too.
In creating the SmartStor range, Promise Technology Inc. have come up with not one, but two plausible answers to this growing problem.
Read on to find out more
Imation and MTRON are arguably some of the key players when it comes to high quality memory.
With the market rapidly moving to solid-state drives we are today reviewing their latest entry into the enterprise market: the Imation MTRON PRO7500. This SSD unit is aiming high with a claimed maximum read speed of 130MB/sec and an equally impressive write speed of 120MB/s.
How did the PRO7500 fare in our tests?
Let's have an initial look at what is the hottest property for computer systems today.
It is common for households to have more than one computers these days. Because of that, people want to be able to share files easily. Usually, people do this by sharing specific folders on their computer, but this requires one computer or another to be on. This is where the utility of a networked attached storage (NAS) device comes in. It is a central storage place that every computer on the network can access.
Today we will be looking at the Qnap TS 209 Pro II. This is meant for small/medium businesses, but can also be used in the home office as well. What is different with this product is that you will find it packed with many more features than just your standard NAS product. For example, you can use it as a media or web server. Or you can use it to download Bittorent files as well.
The Vox BlackBox is a 1 Terabyte Network Attached Storage Drive that is all about storage.
While it is great for storage, the functionality is just enough to get by and could use some more refinement. This product seems to be a great product if you are just looking to store some files while utilizing more than one drive.
This all-in-one solution includes the built-in software, enclosure, as well as two 500GB hard drives.