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WD Unveils Affordable, High-Capacity Network Storage For Small Offices And Homes

  • 07 October, 2008 12:40

<p><em>WD ShareSpace™ Storage Systems Offer Up To 4 TB of Storage in a Small
Footprint </em><br/>
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<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> - <strong>October 07, 2008</strong> - WD®,
the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new
WD ShareSpace high-speed network storage systems that provide cost-effective,
centralized storage for small office and home networks. WD ShareSpace represents
WD’s first entry into the small-office network storage market, where it
plans to bring to a new class of users the ease-of-use, design and value enjoyed
by millions of WD My Book® and My Passport™ customers.<br/>
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Traditionally, available only in large companies with big IT departments, centralized
storage helps businesses improve collaboration, while protecting their digital
assets. The WD ShareSpace storage systems now bring those large-company benefits
to small offices in an easy-to-set-up, small-footprint design. The 4-bay storage
systems with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interface provide up to 4 TB of storage capacity
and multiple RAID configurations.<br/>
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Small offices and workgroups often employ cumbersome methods for sharing data,
either by sending large files via e-mail or by sharing thumb drives. WD ShareSpace
network-attached storage systems make it simple for small offices and workgroups
to centralize storage for easy accessibility – both within the network and
remotely via WD’s MioNet® remote Web access service.<br/>
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Popularity of home networks is growing worldwide, with penetration as high as
50 percent in some countries, according to a recent Parks Associates study. Families
with growing digital media collections on multiple computers find it increasingly
difficult to organize and share their music, movies and photos. Home users can
easily connect the WD ShareSpace system to their home network to centralize their
media collections and access them from anywhere in their home. The included iTunes®
server capability allows users to play their music on any Mac® or PC using
iTunes software.<br/>
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Backing up data is extremely important for both office and home users. With the
WD ShareSpace system’s high capacity, along with the included WD Anywhere
Backup™ software, multiple users can simplify and automate a continuous
backup . With WD Anywhere Backup software, users choose specific files or folders
for backup during the set-up process. Any changes or additions made to those files
or folders will be updated and backed up automatically.<br/>
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“With the WD ShareSpace storage system, small offices and home network users
can experience the same centralized storage and data protection often found only
in big corporate data centers,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general
manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “The
set-up process is a breeze, so you can be up and running in a matter of minutes.
This WD ShareSpace system offers big-time storage without the need for a big-time
IT department.”
<strong>RAID Configurations<br/>
</strong>The WD ShareSpace systems offer multiple RAID configurations for data
protection and speed: RAID 0 (Striped), RAID 1 (Mirrored) and RAID 5. The RAID
5 mode, only available on the 4 TB system, is the recommended mode to achieve
both high performance and data protection through redundancy.</p>
<p><strong>Automatic Backup Software<br/>
</strong>Small office and home network users can use the software included with
the WD ShareSpace network storage system to automatically and continuously back
up their networked computers. The mirroring capability offered in RAID 1 (mirrored)
and RAID 5 modes provides users the added assurance of a redundant backup of
their data.<br/>
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<strong>Cooler, quieter, eco-friendlier<br/>
</strong>With WD’s GreenPower™ drive technology inside, this system
consumes as much as 33 percent less power than standard systems, is reliably
cool and remarkably quiet.<br/>
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<strong>Features<br/>
</strong>The new high-speed network storage systems feature:<br/>
- A small-footprint, 4-bay storage system that takes up very little space and
provides plenty of storage to go around;<br/>
- GigE connectivity with data transfer rates up to one gigabit per second when
used in a GigE network;<br/>
- RAID 0/1/5 capabilities for data protection and speed;<br/>
- WD’s unique MioNet remote Web access service (for PC and Mac) that lets
users access the drive from anywhere;<br/>
- Automatic and continuous network backup software including licenses to back
up 3 computers;<br/>
- E-mail alert system that monitors drive and system health and sends you an
e-mail if a problem is detected;<br/>
- Microsoft® Active Directory® directory service support;<br/>
- Plug a USB drive into the front-mounted USB 2.0 port and push a button to
transfer automatically all the data on the drive to the WD ShareSpace system;<br/>
- Equipped with WD drives using WD GreenPower technology, this system, with
its efficient cooling architecture and power saving mode, consumes up to 33
percent less power and is reliably cool and quiet;<br/>
- Download manager that supports scheduled downloads through FTP and HTTP;<br/>
- iTunes server;<br/>
- Windows Vista® operating system ready;<br/>
- Built-in FTP server;<br/>
- 3 USB 2.0 ports; and,<br/>
- 3 Year Limited Warranty<br/>
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<strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD ShareSpace<br/>
RRP for 2 TB : AU $749<br/>
RRP for 4 TB: AU $1499<br/>
Warranty: 3-year limited warranty<br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=501&amp;language=en</a><br/>
Distributor: Synnex Australia</p>
<p><strong>About WD<br/>
</strong>WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides
products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and
use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard
drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its
storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage
applications.<br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital®
and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
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Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, My book and MioNet are registered trademarks;
WD ShareSpace, My Passport, GreenPower, and WD Anywhere Backup are trademarks
of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the US and other countries. Other marks
may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and
product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.
One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes.
Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment and RAID
configuration. RAID 0 (striped) accesses the full capacity of the drives. RAID
5 accesses three-fourths of the total capacity for data protection. RAID 1 (mirrored)
accesses half of the total capacity for additional data protection. As used
for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes
per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.</p>
<p><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a></p>

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