WD introduced its new WD ShareSpace high-speed network storage systems that provide centralized storage for small office and home networks. WD ShareSpace represents WD’s first entry into the small-office network storage market.
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.
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.
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.
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. The backup software includes licenses to back up 3 computers. The user can 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.
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.
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.
WD ShareSpace also features e-mail alert system that monitors drive and system health and sends an e-mail if a problem is detected. It integrates a download manager that supports scheduled downloads through FTP and HTTP and a built-in FTP server.
WD ShareSpace network storage systems are offered in capacities of 2 TB and 4 TB and are available now at select retailers and WD’s online store. MSRP for the WD ShareSpace storage system with 2 TB is $699.99 USD; MSRP for the WD ShareSpace storage system with 4 TB is $999.99 USD.