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Western Digital Launches the My Cloud EX4 4-Bay NAS

WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.

"The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for."

Seagate's Samsung HDD Division Ships World's Thinnest 2TB Storage Solution

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced that its Samsung HDD division is shipping the new 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T, which at 9.5 mm thin is the world's thinnest 2TB hard drive. Offered in capacities of 1.5TB and 2TB, the Spinpoint M9T mobile drive gives OEMs, channel system integrators and consumers a thin, high-capacity storage solution ideal for external storage, notebook integration and upgrades, desktop, and gaming system applications.

"The M9T combines the highest areal density shipping in a single storage device with an innovative design that fits into mainstream notebook applications. While other 2TB are solutions on the market are 15 mm thick, the vast majority of mobile devices are designed to use a 9.5 mm drive; with the M9T, those devices can now have 2TB of storage, enabling a richer computing experience," said Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD.

Synology Also Announces the DiskStation DS214se NAS

Synology America Corp. introduces the DS214 single-role edition (DS214se) both for home enthusiasts and business users that need network attached storage (NAS) to perform single-roles at an affordable price. The DS214se makes the most of what a NAS is built for; remote access, file sharing, backup, and media streaming. Optimized to be an excellent single task-oriented utility, the DS214se runs Synology's award-winning DiskStation Manager 4.3 (DSM 4.3).

Western Digital Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering By Hitachi, Ltd.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) announced today the pricing of the previously announced underwritten secondary public offering of 10,869,566 shares of its common stock by Hitachi, Ltd. (the "Selling Stockholder"), at a price to the public of $67.00 per share. The Selling Stockholder has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,630,434 shares.

An aggregate amount of 25 million shares of the company's common stock were issued to the Selling Stockholder in connection with Western Digital's acquisition of Viviti Technologies Ltd., formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Holdings Pte. Ltd., in March 2012. Upon completion of the offering, the Selling Stockholder will beneficially own 14,130,434 shares of the company's common stock (12,500,000 shares if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional shares) and will continue to have two designated directors on the company's board of directors pursuant to the terms of an investor rights agreement between the company and the Selling Stockholder.

Seagate Technology Announces Offering of $500 Million of Senior Unsecured Notes

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, to offer up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes (the "Notes") in a private placement. The Notes are expected to be issued by Seagate HDD Cayman, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology plc, and guaranteed by Seagate Technology plc.

Seagate intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, the retirement of a portion of its outstanding indebtedness, capital expenditures and other investments in the business.

ASUSTOR NAS Products Now Compatible with PowerWalker UPS Units from BlueWalker

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that its NAS devices are now compatible with over 100 different PowerWalker UPS devices from BlueWalker. This integration provides SOHO and small business users, who have a need for uninterruptible power supplies, with greater flexibility and a larger variety of solutions when looking to deploy a NAS with a UPS.

"Due to both European big distribution channel strong request, PowerWalker UPS and ASUSTOR NAS cooperate together to offer end user a reliable solution for their high value device & critical data" said Jörg Bous, Business Development Manager at BlueWalker GmbH. "After 6 months closely testing, we are happy to announce all the customers could have these solution available from now."

Synology Also Introduces the DS114 and DS414 DiskStations for SOHO And SMB

Synology America Corp. is adding two new DiskStations to their SOHO/SMB product line; the DS114, and DS414. Each NAS is optimized for business. Both make remote access and file sharing fast and convenient; whether in, or out of the office.

Combined with Synology's award winning DiskStation Manager 4.3 (DSM 4.3), the DS114, and the DS414 offer a wealth of productivity enhancing features such as:
  • Cloud Station with selective sync - Keep files, file-types, and folders in sync across all of your devices
  • 256-bit AES encryption on shared folders - Helps keep private data private
  • VPN server (and client) - Enables the creation of secure connections between networks
  • File Station folder link sharing - easily share data without having to set up custom permissions
  • iOS, Android, and now Windows Phone support - for convenient remote access

Synology Introduces The New DS214play, Optimized for Multimedia

Synology America Corp. is excited to announce its first media-centric DiskStation, the DS214play. The play is the first DiskStation to launch with dedicated hardware acceleration, specifically for video transcoding. The DS214play can stream multiple 1080p video codecs, and is still able to handle a variety of additional processor-heavy tasks.

The DS214play has a 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU with integrated floating-point unit (FPU). By utilizing an efficient new chipset, with 1 GB of RAM, the play makes smooth work of multimedia functions; with read/write speeds above 100 MB/s. Additionally, the play comes with two hot-swappable drive bays, using Synology's new tool-less caddies, making installation and maintenance quick and easy.

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS214

Synology Inc. today launched the DiskStation DS214, a feature-rich 2-bay NAS server that delivers an optimal price-to-performance solution to share and protect data.

"The introduction of DS214 continues Synology's dedication to create intuitive and efficient storage solutions to satisfy the demands of our beloved users," said Chad Chiang, product manager at Synology Inc. The DS214 is built to deliver optimal multi-tasking experience at best price/performance ratio. Powered by a dual core 1.066 GHz CPU and 512 MB DDR3 memory, the DS214 outperforms its predecessor and delivers an average read and write speed of 111 MB/sec and 105 MB/sec respectively under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment.

QNAP Launches TS-x70 Tower Series Turbo NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the business-class TS-x70 series Turbo NAS. Available in 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models; the TS-x70 series with scale-up support is the perfect solution for the growing data needs of modern business environments.

Businesses are constantly seeking extra storage space to keep up with the demands of today's IT environments. The TS-x70 series' high-scalability design supports online capacity expansion by connecting multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures (REXP-1200U-RP / REXP-1600U-RP) to expand total storage to 100 TB raw capacity. With this flexibility, businesses can expand their storage as needed and have more control over their storage deployment.

Shuttle Adds Dual-bay NAS Models to OMNINAS Product Series

Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, is expanding its NAS product family. With two new network storage solutions, there is now a whole spectrum of models available for various data backup and storage requirements via Gigabit Ethernet.

Two new machines are coming onto the market - the OMNINAS KD21 and KD22 - offering increased transmission speeds and a greater range of functions. New ARM-based processors with 1.0 to 1.2 GHz and twice the amount of memory enable data transfer speeds of up to 110 MB/s (read) and 75 MB/s (write). Thanks to the enhanced performance of the new processors, all KD21 and KD22 server services can be activated at the same time.

Synology Launches RackStation RS2414+/RS2414RP+ and RX1214/RX1214RP NAS Servers

Synology today launched RackStation RS2414+ and RS2414RP+, the 2U 12-bay rackmount NAS severs that deliver high performance and scalability to small and medium businesses.

"RS2414+ and RS2414RP+ are built to address SMB's growing needs of performance, capacity and reliability", said Chad Chiang, Product Manager of Synology Inc. "An array of advanced hardware designs and reliability features are thus applied to ensure those needs are perfectly answered," added Chiang.

QNAP Launches SAS-Enabled Turbo NAS and 2.5" High-Density Turbo NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today officially launched five business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models, including TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP which support both SAS and SATA 6Gbps hard drives, and the 2.5" high-density SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP. The support of SAS hard drives increases disk input/output performance and offers high reliability for data transmission and storage. The new models offer storage expansion port(s) allowing seamless capacity expansion with QNAP RAID expansion enclosures to easily fulfill mission-critical storage needs of small and medium businesses, with persistent throughput to balance resource-demanding applications.

The new SAS-enabled models are equipped with a Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3.4GHz processor with 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM, feature 10GbE-ready network connectivity, and support SSD caching to greatly boost IOPS performance, perfect for improving overall workflow of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization and data center deployment. "The new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models support enterprise-level SAS hard drives that will greatly satisfy performance-demanding businesses," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. "The new models also support lower cost high-capacity SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations. With the new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS, businesses can enjoy great flexibility in hard drive selection."

ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility with 3 New WD Red NAS Hard Drives

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced today that all of its NAS products are fully compatible with WD's three newest models in its WD Red series of NAS hard drives. These new models consist of the 3.5" 4TB WD40EFRX model, 2.5" 1TB WD10JFCX model and 2.5" 750GB WD7500BFCX model. No matter if it is the higher capacity required for business applications or versatility required for home and SOHO applications, ASUSTOR NAS users can enjoy more flexibility and choice when selecting disks for their NAS devices.

All ASUSTOR NAS devices were designed to feature easy hard disk installation and hot swapping and all support the installation of both 2.5" and 3.5" hard disks. Additionally, ASUSTOR NAS supports online capacity expansion. This allows users who have low storage capacity needs or are on a budget to first start with lower capacity hard disks and then upgrade to larger ones as their storage needs grow. During the capacity expansion process the NAS remains online and fully ready for use allowing users to freely access all their data.

QNAP Updates QTS 4.0 for Its Business-class Turbo NAS Models

QNAP Systems, Inc. today updated QTS 4.0, Turbo NAS operating system, for its business-class Turbo NAS models, featuring advanced functions for SMB users, including 400TB scale-up solution, intelligent Storage Manager, flexible volume management with thin-provisioned volume supported, SSD cache, SMART data migration, VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX support and more, and greatly enhancing the efficiency in storage management, expansion, data process, and management in virtualization environments.

"Our previous release of QTS 4.0 for home-class Turbo NAS models has been a great success with tremendous positive feedback from our users," said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP. "Now we are pleased to bring forth the QTS 4.0 for QNAP's business-class Turbo NAS models that we believe will greatly benefit business applications of the Turbo NAS," added Lu.

QNAP Security Releases VioStor NVR Firmware v4.1.1

QNAP Security, a professional Linux-based stand-alone NVR provider, today updated their VioStor NVR firmware v4.1.1 with an enhanced storage expansion solution. The new firmware also supports a range of AXIS IP cameras for edge recording and two-way audio functions.

"We are glad that the favorable VioStor NVR storage expansion solution now applies to selective Turbo NAS models with the latest QTS operating system v4.0.2," said Andrew Yu, product manager of QNAP Security. "Now more QNAP users can easily expand their NVR's storage capacity and enjoy the intuitive QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS management system." By installing the StorageExpansion app (QPKG) on a Turbo NAS, administrators can connect their VioStor NVR with the Turbo NAS via network to flexibly enlarge the total storage capacity of the VioStor NVR.

Lenovo and Acronis Team Up for New Complete Data Backup Protection Solution

LenovoEMC Limited today announced the worldwide launch of a unique new data protection solution providing 360 degree backup protection for business information storage on servers, PCs and NAS. This solution is available globally as an add-on application for owners of existing Lenovo EMC high performance px Series NAS products and as the new all-in-one Lenovo EMC px Series Acronis Backup Appliance for European, Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific markets.

The combination of LenovoEMC storage technology with leading backup software by Acronis gives business users an all-in-one backup and recovery appliance with a hassle-free data protection strategy. With one product, available at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the hardware and software separately, business customers can now protect client PCs and servers by backing them up to the NAS, as well as protect the NAS data by backing it up to a separate network location. This solution provides multiple layers and locations for data protection.

Synology Releases Peripherals Update with WD Red 3.5" and 2.5" Hard Drives

Synology Inc. today announced the compatibility of its DiskStation & RackStation lineup with WD Red NAS hard drives that include the new 3.5" 4 TB capacity (WD40EFRX) and 2.5" 1 TB (WD10JFCX) and 750 GB (WD7500BFCX) capacities. The above models have successfully passed stress and compatibility test from Synology, and proven to be compatible with select Synology DiskStation & RackStation from the x14, x13, x12, x11, x10 and x09 series.

WD Red hard drives are designed specifically for home and small office NAS server. Powered by NASware 2.0 and 3D Active Balance Plus technologies, the WD Red line delivers improved drive reliability, enhanced performance, and simplified integration process.

SanDisk Appoints D. Scott Mercer to its Board of Directors

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that is has appointed D. Scott Mercer to its board of directors. Mr. Mercer brings to SanDisk more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, in both senior executive and board positions. "We are pleased to welcome such a recognized industry executive to SanDisk's board," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. "Scott further deepens and strengthens the leadership capabilities of our board, and brings valuable experience in the storage industry."

Mr. Mercer also currently serves as a Director of Polycom, Inc. and QLogic Corporation. Previously, Mr. Mercer was the Chief Executive Officer, Director and Chairman of the Board of Conexant Systems, Inc., interim Chief Executive Officer and Director at Adaptec, Inc., and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Western Digital Corporation. Mr. Mercer also held senior operating and finance roles at Dell, Inc., LSI Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mercer has previously held board positions at Palm, Inc., SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc., Alantec Corporation, NetRatings, Inc., and several private companies. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from California Polytechnic University.

ASUSTOR Launches Economical Entry-Level AS 2 Series NAS

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of its brand new AS 2 series network attached storage (NAS) targeted at personal and home users. The series is further divided into 2 sub-series: the AS-20XT series (AS-202T/AS-204T) designed to give users the essentials for creating a personal cloud and the AS-20XTE series (AS-202TE/AS-204TE) designed to give users both personal cloud and digital entertainment functionality. Offering both high quality and functionality at an economical price, the 2 series not only was designed to meet the needs of consumers but is also a great entry level product for users who are using a NAS for the first time.

"In order to meet the diverse needs of individual and SOHO users, ASUSTOR has launched the economical 2 series featuring powerful Intel dual core processors that ensure for reliable, top-notch performance," said Allen Yen, Sales Director at ASUSTOR. "The 2 series provides customers with a great value at an extremely competitive price point which significantly lowers the barriers to an entry level NAS."

ASUSTOR Launches Live Demo Site for ADM 2.0

ASUSTOR Inc. , a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced today the launch of a new live demo site for users to test ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.0, the latest version of ASUSTOR's in-house developed NAS operating system. The ADM 2.0 live demo will allow users to experience ASUSTOR's intuitive software first hand before making any purchasing decisions. ADM 2.0 features an array of new and innovative features along with all-new mobile apps, AiMaster and AiData, which will allow users to truly experience the convenience of cloud computing while on the go.

New Addonics Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array Features Both eSATA and USB 3.0

Addonics Technologies today unveiled the Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array, a high performance external storage device family that is easily expandable with RAID capability. The Sapphire Disk Array is a great portable storage solution for a wide range of applications that demand high performance and large amount of storage in the field.

The new product comes in a choice of models equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance via an eSATA, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, or a mini SAS connection. The Sapphire Disk Array allows users to hot swap up to four SATA 2.5-inch hard drives, SDDs, just like using a tape cassette. The four drives can be set up as four individual drives or a large volume and high performance RAID group with redundancy for reliability. On the model that comes with USB 3.0 connections, the four drives can also be instantly turned into a network attached storage (NAS) solution for sharing data over the network by attaching to the optional Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter.

Seagate Unveils Ultra-Mobile Hard Drive for Handhelds, New Data Recovery Service

Seagate Technology plc., a world leader in storage solutions, today took the wraps off the new Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD designed exclusively for mobile devices. Integrated with the Seagate Mobile Enablement Kit which includes Seagate's Dynamic Data Driver software technology, the new storage solution delivers up to 7x the storage capacity of a traditional 64GB tablet with the same power, performance and reliability of a flash device.

"Coupling an ultra-thin, high-capacity HDD with software designed to optimize integration into tablets at a value-add price has allowed us to deliver a truly ground-breaking solution, enabling our partners to reimagine the mobile device," said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate. "By empowering our OEMs with this revolutionary new technology, we have invited the industry to re-think the mobile market making this offering a true game-changer in the world of storage."

Thecus Announces N8900 NAS

IT decision makers are always under pressure when it comes to procurement of new IT-infrastructure. The pressure comes especially from the finance department that always wants an optimal price performance ratio and the IT-directors who expect the best suited hardware for their needs. So why should an enterprise incorporate the Thecus N8900 in their infrastructure?

The Thecus N8900 supports HA (High Availability), which guarantees you a higher uptime for your storage network by giving you the possibility of having 2 completely identical systems running at the same time- both interconnected by a high speed Ethernet connection. While one system is running as the master system and doing all the computing, the other system will constantly mirror the data onto its own drives. In case of a failure in the master system, they will change roles in a blink of an eye so that users will not even know that there was a switch of systems. After the takeover, engineers can easily recover the damaged system without the need to shut down any operations. Please note, however, that a high data-transfer rate is required for this feature (which is another reason why the Thecus N8900 supports lightning fast 10GbE technology).
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