NETGEAR is introducing a new 2-bay home media server called Stora, which has been designed for “non-technical” users. The consumer-friendly NAS provides remote file access and music streaming from any Internet location via MyStora.com, is DLNA / UPnP compatible (works with DLNA-enabled photo frames, media adapters, game consoles), has the ability to export photos to online services like Flickr, can automatically backup network PCs, and is able to provide mirrored RAID storage when an optional second drive is used. Out of the box NETGEAR Stora (MS2110) comes with a single 1TB hard drive and retails for $229. NETGEAR Stora is compatible and accessible with Windows, Mac, Linux PCs and Smartphones. The solutions offered by companies such as HP, Tranquil, Acer, Lenevo and others definitely qualify, hardware-wise, to be an NAS device. Windows Home Server is a stripped-down version of Windows SBS 2003, which meets the second criteria. I believe that when one thinks of an NAS, a Linux solution is usually associated with it. Either we are limited in our thinking or MS wants us to believe WHS is step up from a “simple” NAS.
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