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iSCSI RAID NAS – Three-in-One Hardware Heaven

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This is my first SCSI device – ever. In all my years of owning computer equipment, I’ve never had a single SCSI device. I’ve had plenty of scurvy devices over the years since none of it ever had enough Vitamin C. SCSI is fast. That’s one of the reasons why they’ve decided to add it as a feature to the TS-459 Pro – a NAS device that is capable of swapping up to four iSCSI devices. Thanks to the folks at QNAP for sending this to me as a review unit.

The QNAP Pro 4-Bay Desktop Network Attached Server TS-459 can be utilized as the networked shared storage of VMware virtualization environments and Windows cluster servers. The unique “virtual disk drive” adds flexibility to expand the capacity of your NAS to allow file sharing across any platform. This makes for the perfect file server in business – or home – environments.

The TS-459 Pro is the powerful 4-bay network attached storage (NAS ) server, which is designed to provide an affordable and easy-to-management solution with iSCSI service for virtualized and clustered environment. The TS-459 Pro also offers versatile business applications to maximize the efficiency of the data center in the business environment. Incorporating the next-generation Intel Atom D510 1.66GHz Dual-Core processor and 1GB DDRII RAM, the Turbo NAS delivers exceptional performance and maintains high reliability for multiple concurrent applications and intensive data transfer with guaranteed low power consumption.

I’m no stranger to NAS devices. Why would you want this one in particular? SCSI is fast. Raid allows you to have redundancy with the data you’re putting inside this system. There’s a lot more to this thing, though. It has a file server built in. There’s an FTP server built in. It has surveillance station inside, meaning you can hook up a security camera. There’s a print server built in. It even supports IPv6 and delivers instant SMS and email alerts.

This powerful device can literally do almost anything you might think to throw at it. The list goes on and on. Why wouldn’t you want it? You may think the external hard drives you already have are sufficient. This machine comes with four USB ports on the back and two e-SATA ports. There’s a single USB port on the front for convenience.

The drives are hot-swappable, but what if you don’t want anyone swapping your drives? Psh. No problem – just lock it down using the included key.

I am more than happy to have this on my home network now. There’s even a VGA port on the back of this sleek little number. I absolutely love this, and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Pogoplug Review (with the FreeAgent Dockstar NAS)

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If you’ve been looking for a quick and simple way to access your files (no matter how you’re connected to the Web), you need to look no further! I have to thank Seagate for sending the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter to me to review! I think this is the NAS I’ve been looking for. If you’re in the market for a solution in your home / home office, you might consider Seagate’s options.

Put all of your files in a single location, and access them with any of the computers in your network. Likewise, you can also create a shared space for your friends and family to download content that you designate… and upload their own files!

The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter is a small dock that allows the FreeAgent Go portable drive (and most USB storage devices) to be shared on your local network. You can also access them remotely via the Internet once you activate the service. The drive simply slides into the network adapter, making it easy to remove when you need to take it with you.

All other USB storage devices plug in to one of the two rear-mounted (or one side-mounted) USB ports. It will support up to four devices at once, so you won’t ever run out of storage space. All you have to do is plug in the Ethernet and power cords, and then activate your account online. Once that is done, you will be able to access all of your files in a simple to use web interface!

That same UI will display all of the files on all of the connected drives, as well as the ones your allowed friends (or family!) have added. Navigate through them manually, or search by media type or file name. The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter will show up as a local drive on your computer, so just drag and drop your files into it, just as you would with any other folder.

I’ve definitely FINALLY found the right NAS for use in my own home. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something like this. You won’t be disappointed!

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