Netgear speeds up its networked storage solution for home users

Netgear's Storage Central Turbo (SC101T)

July 11, 2007 As laptop and PC ownership rises, households are more and more frequently running wired and wireless networks between several PCs, laptops, printers, and other devices. Bulk broadband downloads and growing amounts of home media production all take up a lot of hard drive space, and external storage devices can be quite fiddly - which is why Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices are growing in popularity. Netgear's latest NAS device aimed at the home market is the SC101T Storage Central Turbo. It's quicker than its predecessor - operating at fast Gigabit Ethernet transfer speeds - and houses up to two fast 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity to provide a networked storage solution for home and small business networks.

Netgear recently announced the worldwide availability of its Storage Central Turbo (SC101T) NAS device. This next generation of the SC101 series simultaneously shares and protects digital assets such as music, photos, videos, HD movies, and data files. The SC101T was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

Netgear's original Storage Central (SC101) product, introduced in 2005, is one of the most widely distributed consumer network storage devices on the market. The Storage Central Turbo (SC101T) is designed to further enhance the end-user networked storage experience via Gigabit speeds, faster SATA disk drives, greater flexibility and secure mirrored data protection. It functions much like a locally attached USB disk drive, but remains accessible from several Windows PCs on the network. Users of this storage solution will benefit from a simple setup process using the included Smart Wizard installation CD.

Utilising Zetera’s innovative Z-SAN technology, the Storage Central Turbo delivers enterprise-quality scalability and performance while remaining affordable for consumers. Storage capacity is only limited by the size of the SATA drives you choose to put in it (which must be purchased separately) - and if you still run out of space, more than one SC101T can be run on the same network. The unit's Gigabit Ethernet interface enables faster file transfers than previously available for homes and small businesses.

The novel device also comes equipped with disk mirroring to help protect valuable data from being lost. Advanced backup and synchronization software from SmartSync protects data automatically by making real-time copies of data on two separate hard drives. New data disk volumes can be configured as public or private and password protected, ensuring maximum security for sensitive files.

“The worldwide market demand for consumer network storage is in the midst of a marked increase in conjunction with the digital revolution and the upsurge in volume of digital assets acquired per household,” stated Joyce Putscher, principal analyst for home networking/digital home research at In-Stat, a leading market research firm. “Companies such as Netgear that familiarise consumers with the enormous benefits of implementing a centralized, redundant storage solution that is price-sensitive, user-friendly, fast and safe will do very well in this ever-expanding market.”

Backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the Storage Central Turbo is available now at a retail price of US$199.

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