This eight-bay NAS server offers excellent functionality, managed via a usable web interface, at an affordable price. Highly recommended.
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<p> <a href="http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/business/backup-exec-for-windows-servers">Backup Exec 2010</a> has been a long time coming. Towards the middle of 2009, Symantec promised it would deliver software deduplication in its backup products and it has, at last, arrived. </p>
<p> Sharing files over the internet in a small-business or home environment has always proved troublesome for non-technical users. Cloud Engines' <a href="http://www.pogoplug.com/">Pogoplug</a> aims to, well, plug that gap — and adds plenty of goodies for the technically adept too. </p>
<p> <a href="http://go.iomega.com/en/">Iomega</a>, now owned by storage market leader EMC, has launched the <a href="http://go.iomega.com/en/products/network-storage-desktop/storcenter-network-storage-solution/network-hard-drive-ix4-200d/?partner=4735#overviewItem_tab">StorCenter ix4-200d</a>, a four-spindle, network-attached storage (NAS) device aimed at small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks. The company reckons that it fills the gap between the bottom of EMC's enterprise range and the top of Iomega's small business series of products because its adds data protection and a suite of other features to the basic storage function. </p>
<p> Dell's foothold in the server market is strongest among small and medium-sized businesses, which are the prime candidates for tower-format servers such as the <a href="http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/business/Servers/server-poweredge-t710/pd.aspx?refid=server-poweredge-t710&s=bsd&cs=ukbsdt1">PowerEdge T710</a>. Enterprises make use of towers too, especially in branch offices where rack-mount facilities are often absent. The T710 therefore boasts a number of enterprise-level manageability and software features, just like its rack-mounted sibling, the <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/servers/0,1000001735,39720795,00.htm">R710</a>. </p>
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