Entering a Crowded Marketplace...
that Seagate has announced a new 1TB network attached drive, the Maxtor Central Axis network drive. Network attached drives aren't exactly new, of course.
Maxtor and Seagate already offer a number of
with similar capacities. Other vendors offering 1TB-class network storage include:
The market is crowded, all right. So, what makes Maxtor's new network box so special?
...With More-than-PC Features
So, what makes this new product special? Features that recognize that today's home networks are not just a collection of PCs running Windows, but also include console games, media devices, and systems running MacOS. Central Axis is designed to meet the following needs:
; includes automatic backup software for both Windows and MacOS clients
; supports secure remote access via web browser
Streaming media support
; enables game consoles that support the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
, such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, to display videos, pictures, and play music stored on the Central Axis; requires a UPnP AV 1.0 certified Digital Media Adapter for streaming media
(universal Plug and Play) for easy configuration
Two additional USB ports
(support print server and additional storage)
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Supports Web Interface for management
Firefox 2.x or later; IE 6.x or later
Windows XP, Vista - MacOS 10.4.11 or later
The Target Is...
The Central Axis has more than just other network drives in its sights. With its support for
, it's a
potential rival to Microsoft's Home Serve
r, and with
support for game consoles and MacOS
as well as Windows clients, it's intending to sweep the 'best in show' for network drives.
The Central Axis will have a retail price at July introduction of
, which is more than many of its competitors.
Read More About It
For full information, see the Maxtor Solutions
. The press release is available
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