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Irvine, Calif. — Western Digital subsidiary WD has expanded its prosumer personal Cloud drive line with the My Cloud EX2, a two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system with capacities up to 8TB.
The My Cloud EX2 joins the existing four-bay My Cloud EX4 in a line aimed at creative professionals and prosumers.
The unit comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data out of the box but is easily configurable into other data-protection modes such as USB, Cloud or LAN/WAN backup, the company said.
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Irvine, Calif. — WD, a Western Digital company, has introduced WD Purple, a 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard-drive line for video-surveillance applications.
WD Purple hard drives were specially designed for new and existing home and small-business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition video cameras.
The drives are available in capacities from 1TB to 4TB.
Cupertino, Calif. — Seagate Technologies has expanded its flagship LaCie-brand Thunderbolt series of external hard drives in a big way — 5TB big.
The three new LaCie Thunderbolt 5TB, 7,200 rpm single-drive models are said to be the highest capacity portable drives available on the consumer market.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba unveiled Tuesday its Canvio Home Backup & Share network-attached storage (NAS) system, billed as an easy-to-use storage hub for connected homes.
The Canvio NAS is designed to give home-network users easy access to a variety of stored content on a contextual basis — from device to device, screen to screen and location to location.
Data is stored securely in a familiar, centralized location.
Las Vegas – Seagate will show a revamped portable storage line this week, including a 4TB model geared toward the prosumer.
The Back Up Plus Fast is a USB 3.0 bus powered 4TB portable storage drive. The unit has Raid O data storage and is targeted at the mobile professional photographer or videographer who needs desktop-level storage capacity while on the go, said Leo Paskin, Seagate’s product marketing manager.
It will become available shortly via Seagate’s online store for $299, but will eventually work its way into a few select retailers, he said.
Tokyo — Toshiba has inked a preliminary agreement to acquire the assets of OCZ Technology Group’s solid-state drive (SSD) business.
The transaction, to be completed through a sale and auction process, is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court supervising OCZ Technology’s Chapter 11 filing. If approved, the company expects to complete the acquisition in January 2014.
Dallas – Samsung Mobile plans Oct. 6 in-store availability for its Android-based HomeSync home storage device.
HomeSync downloads and stores content from family members’ Galaxy smartphones and tablets for sharing with other family members, who can view the content on an HDMI-connected TV or on their mobile devices.
The $299 component, called HomeSync, also turns any HDMI-connected TV into a smart TV.
New York — Western Digital today introduced its My Cloud family of personal storage devices.
The My Cloud is designed to give users access to all their data at anytime when they are connected to the Internet from their portable device, said Scott Vouri, WD’s consumer marketing VP. At the same time, by retaining control and the physical ownership of the hard drive, My Cloud should help alleviate consumer worries about where the music and photos reside, he said.
New York – With an eye toward enabling the creation of lower-priced tablets, Seagate today rolled out a 500GB ultra-thin hard disk drive.
Seagate also reported it has increased the amount of data it can store on a single disk by 25 percent, and the company has begun offering a new product protection plan.
Seagate has combined its Ultra Mobile HDD with its Mobile Enhancement kit software, allowing the storage device to work in small devices from 5 inches in diameter and larger.
Austin, Texas — Buffalo Technology today announced a reorganization and a new name: Buffalo Americas.
The new moniker came about after the company incorporated its Latin American and Brazilian operations into its North American operation. The company believes it will better serve its customers via a single sales and business entity.
Buffalo Americas will be led by COO Matt Dargis; he was previously sales VP for Buffalo Technology.
Read Fenner has been named sales VP for Buffalo Americas. Fenner had been operations VP for Gunnar Optiks.