Yay For Toshiba Support For Their Personal Cloud NAS Devices

While we have yet to review any Toshiba Network Attached Storage (seems like EVERYONE wants in on this industry now!) I think we may need to do this soon.

Since most of these NAS devices pretty much use the same hard drives, and the hardware technology is currently not too different, it ends up coming to ease of use as well as robustness which comes down to controller, underlying kernel, and GUI for setup and ease of management. From a low level, how are full hard drives handled for example?

(We actually had one business class NAS shut down and not be bootable when the drives filled up).

That being said, we do have to hand it to Toshiba on the front end. We came across this video and if this is an indicative example of not only ease-of-setup but also the time Toshiba is willing to invest in video tutorials online, this is a major plus in their favor and we-thinks we will need to review some of these guys soon!

Enjoy this online tutorial video we found that Toshiba posted on setting up one of their cloud devices

New Network Storage And Cloud Manufacturer Enters Arena

We found this PC World network storage review press release of a new player entering the market

Introducing the Akitio Cloud Hybrid: it is a single-bay drive box which can be used for network-attached storage (NAS) via the unit’s ethernet network port, or for direct-attached storage (DAS) via a USB 3.0 port.

Not a bad little device and at $105 it is not unreasonably priced for sure. Time will tell how well the kernel runs underneath for both ease of use and robustness for this 1-bay enclosure.

“The interface is a tad clunky, but it’s easy enough to figure out after a few minutes at the Akitio Cloud Hybrid Wiki; the included setup sheet is a tad terse, however. Though network access could be a bit easier to configure, Akitio provides software utilities for finding the box for both Windows and OS X.”

Also make sure to check out our list of NAS enclosure only reviews for other enclosure only systems we review and recommend

Intro To RAID Technology

Our sysadmin poked around the PC Mag website a bit more after we asked him to review the “How To Buy a NAS” article and pointed us to this aritcle.

Raid Levels Explained

As he mentioned in his last post, the “How To Buy A NAS” did not go over redundancy of data and making sure to have two copies of your data. He mentioned briefly NAS devices with a RAID 1 configuration.

So now he has asked us to post this article and suggests reading it. We took a look and it is a very nice intro RAID. He specifically mentions checking out the RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 5 definitions.

How To Buy A NAS by PC Mag

As we are putting our buying guide together for “How To Buy A NAS” (we are currently collaborating with some sysadmins with 20+ years experience), we were forwarded this article by a reader.

This is a “How To Buy A NAS” article by PC MAG and definitely worth reading.

Especially for those looking for an intro for NAS devices, it answers a few questions like

What is a NAS?

” A network attached storage (NAS) device is primarily a centralized repository for data….”

NAS Capacity?

“Hard disk drive NASes can be sold with the drives included or without them. They often sound like a killer deal

Introducing Toshiba’s “Cloud” Network Attached Storage

According to The Register (one of our favorite sites for news), Toshiba now has released a network external hard drive called the STOR.E Cloud.

Granted, NAS (network attached storage) and CLOUD are all buzzwords these days and have been used so interchangeably that it is confusing to know what is what.

These days: NAS as basically some sort of hard drive/storage that you can access via a network. CLOUD is a hard drive/storage that you can access via any computer with access to the internet (which is not the original intention of it, but it’s easy to understand and refer to it this way)

Toshiba used to be a solid personal electronic provider, especially with laptops until about 2000 when they had a few bad years of manufacturing and design (not sure what happened) and since then are still clamoring back. So we look with some suspicion at their personal NAS device.

Granted there is no real good player in the small personal NAS (1-bay) which basically is an extension to the USB hard drive but with network (NAS) and internet (CLOUD) access, mostly because the GUI and management is just so tough to set up these days. Iomega NAS devices are as good as any for the small personal NAS. And for the more “industrial strength” NAS (2-bay or more, raid capable) no one really beats Synology with their GUI

That being said, we don’t think Toshiba will do any better or any worse than most of the personal NAS cloud providers out there (1-bay). They will be available in October and it will remain to be seen how easy it is to use and how good their OS is.