October 2, 2008

WD Offers NAS for Small Office and Home Users

Storage company Western Digital has entered the small-office market with a new high-speed centralized network storage system.

The company said WD ShareSpace is easy to set up and has a small-footprint design. The 4-bay storage system with a Gigabit Ethernet interface offers multiple RAID configurations, up to 4TB of storage capacity, and the company's WD Anywhere Backup software that provides automated continuous backup for multiple users.

WD said the system makes it simple for small offices and workgroups to centralize storage for access within the network and remotely via WD's MioNet remote access service. Other features include WD GreenPower drive technology to lower power consumption, an email alert system to monitor drive and system health, Microsoft Active Directory service support, and a built-in FTP server.

Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of branded products and consumer electronics groups at WD, said: "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. The set-up process is a breeze, so you can be up and running in a matter of minutes."

WD ShareSpace is offered in capacities of 2TB and 4TB, available now for $700 and $1,000 respectively.