Seagate introduced a new network storage solution that lets users access, share and protect all their digital content from a centralized location on a small office or home network.
The Maxtor Shared Storage II product family from Seagate automatically backs up business
files, accounting records, videos, photos, music and other digital files stored on
multiple networked computers every day without the hassle of swapping out tapes, CDs or
DVDs. It provides easy data management and security for up to 20 PC or Mac users, which
allows small business owners or "family technology officers" to free themselves of the
mundane, yet critical task of ensuring that every computer's precious data is backed up.
The 1TB Maxtor Shared Storage II solution from Seagate is designed for easy setup with
quick network installation, and there's no need for an IT staff or any special technical
knowledge. An EasyManage CD automatically gives users a desktop icon for easy access to
a shared public folder and a set of personal password-protected private network folders.
A new high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection ensures fast data transfers and file
sharing between computers on wired and wireless networks. A SimpleView(tm) feature acts
like a built-in IT administrator, providing detailed backup and storage status at a
glance of all users on the network.
For added protection, users can automatically copy content stored on the Maxtor Shared
Storage II solution by scheduling an additional backup to a connected Maxtor OneTouch or
Seagate Pushbutton USB external storage system for off-site data rotation. The new
Maxtor Shared Storage II solution from Seagate comes in a dual-drive configuration with
storage capacities of one terabyte (1,000GB). It can be set up for RAID 1 (disk
mirroring), which makes an exact copy of the files on one drive to the other, so if one
drive fails for any reason there's a duplicate version on the other drive as a backup.
The Maxtor Shared Storage II solution includes two USB ports to connect and share two
USB printers or two additional external storage solutions, or one of each. Organizing
digital files is a breeze with the exclusive Drag and Sort(tm) feature, which
automatically identifies and sorts more than 100 different file types and puts them in
specific music, photo, movie, Web, software or documents folders. Users simply drag and
drop files into their desktop icon and they're automatically sorted.
When connected to a home network, the Maxtor Shared Storage II solution can stream media
content on compatible UPnP AV digital media adapters for viewing or playing music,
movies or photos on entertainment devices throughout the network. A family, for
instance, could simultaneously listen to a music collection via a networked sound system
upstairs, play movies on a networked theatre system in the living room, and view a slide
show of recent vacation photos on a laptop in the kitchen. Designed to DLNA guidelines
(www.dlna.org), the Maxtor Shared Storage II solution is compatible with a broad array
of digital entertainment devices from leading CE vendors and they require no active PC
or Mac on the network to share and stream digital files.
Seagate's Maxtor Shared Storage II solution is shipping in July to major retailers,
distributors and online stores. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the new
terabyte (1,000GB), dual-drive solution is $899.95.