Dane-Elec Enters The Home-Server Category With MyDitto

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NEW YORK — Long known as a flash and USB memory supplier, Dane- Elec will break into a new category next month with the shipment of its MyDitto home server.

The MyDitto, shipping April 15 with a $279 price tag, will combine Dane-Elec’s flash-memory heritage with a 1TB home server, said Jon Christeson, the company’s marketing director.

Christeson readily admitted his firm is not the first to roll out a home server, but he thinks Dane-Elec’s home server is more user-friendly then other versions, which will help it catch on with consumers and small businesses.

“The MyDitto is remotely accessed with a USB key,” he said, comparing this breakthrough to what Apple accomplished with the iPod. “There were MP3 players on the market before the iPod, but Apple figured out how to easily get the music onto the device.”

Installation is also plug and play, he said, and does not require software to be installed on the attached computers.

The server can be accessed directly from a PC in the home and remotely via an encrypted USB key that is coded to work specifically with a particular MyDitto server. The key is plugged into any remote computer, creating a peer-topeer connection allowing access to all the files stored on the server.

Christeson said this differs from other home server and network-attached storage devices that require the user to access the data by typing in an IP address. The USB key also adds a layer of security because any activity takes place on the USB drive, not the host computer, so keystrokes, passwords and other data are not left behind, he said.

The MyDitto comes with two readyto- use keys, but the user can make up to 25 separate keys by plugging an empty USB drive into the server and pressing the copy button. A lost key can be removed from the server’s safe key list. The server can handle between six and eight people accessing it at any one time without bogging down.

The server comes with two drive bays, each capable of holding a 2TB drive. The two bays give the product RAID storage capability, so it can be used by small businesses.

In fact, Christeson thinks the MyDitto will probably sell better into the SO/HO market at first because it allows a small business to instantly create and maintain an easily accessible network for its workforce without requiring an IT staff.

Dane-Elec expects to issue a firmware upgrade within 60 days for the MyDitto that will allow remote media streaming. The company has also developed mobile applications allowing server access to a variety of smartphones.

“This will basically turn your iPhone into a 1TB storage device,” he said.

The server comes with its own backup utility that runs directly off the device so the user does not have to install software on all the network’s computers.

The MyDitto will be available first through Newegg.com and MacMall, and Christeson said discussions are being held with CE retailers and mass merchants.

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