The Digital Economy – CeBIT 2016

Buffalo recently joined the biggest names in the technology industry for CeBIT 2016. The annual event, as always, showcased the very latest and exciting innovations that are shaping the technology landscape.

The ‘digital economy’ was the theme of the event, and it didn’t disappoint, featuring more than 500 examples of digitalisation and bringing to life the Internet of Things. Some of the most exciting things we saw at the event was the first wheeled service robot and a street lamp which can double as a charging station for electric vehicles.

During the event, Buffalo presented some of its newest devices, including the TeraStation WSH5610 with Windows Storage Server and Hardware RAID, MiniStation Extreme NFC Enterprise as well as the LS510 and LS510DE, marking the completion of the LS500 range.

With big data growing at an unprecedented rate, IDC forecast predicts the big data market will grow at a 26.4% compound annual growth rate through 2018. The need for flexible and expanding devices to store this data has never been more important.

Buffalo’s LS500 range is perfect for anyone looking to back up, enjoy and share those special memories. The new RAID expansion provides flexible storage to consumers without compromising important data such as photos and movies.

In the business area Buffalo showcased two new devices, which highlight Buffalo’s commitment to security and the protection of data without compromising performance. The new TeraStation WS5610 features a Buffalo proprietary Hardware RAID controller enabling faster, more-reliable storage with well-known security, stability, and management advantages. Hardware RAID separates the operating system (OS) from storage, and allows each to run consecutively without affecting the device’s overall performance.

If you want to know more about NAS and selecting the right device for you, find out how Buffalo can help you here.

Looking back over our favourites moments

New product launches, events, exhibitions, seminars, services and a new partnership – it was quite a year for the Buffalo Europe team in 2015. With so many fantastic things going on, we struggled to pick just one favourite moment so we have selected some of our main highlights from the year.

The launch of the LinkStation 520

In September we launched our latest consumer NAS (Network Attached Storage) device in the LinkStation range. Its large capacity, new intuitive user interface and super fast transfer rates make the LinkStation 520 ideal for home use and also home offices. Users can store, organise and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet and access them from any location at the click of a button.

MISCO Expo 2015

MISCO is an annual event that gives IT professionals an opportunity to view the very latest innovations that the industry has to offer. We returned to exhibit the latest Buffalo technology.

As always, the event was a fantastic success and it was great to showcase alongside the products and solutions that are shaping today’s technology landscape.

We’re already looking forward to MISCO Expo 2016.

New UPS Drop-Off Service

As part of our ongoing commitment to customer service, we now offer a new UPS drop-off service. This means that if for any reason there is a defect with an item during the warranty period, you can return and exchange products as quick and easily as possible. You can find out more about the service here.

Extended warranty for TeraStations

In September we introduced extended warranty on all new purchases of fully-populated TeraStation devices. Customers now have the opportunity to purchase a warranty extension of one or two years. In addition to our standard warranty period, this means that all TeraStation devices will be secure and protected for up to five years – which is above industry standard. Furthermore, our extended warranty customers are guaranteed a hard drive replacement within 24 hours of if for any reason there is system failure or damage.

Kroll Ontrack partnership

We were excited to announce our new partnership with data recovery experts Kroll Ontrack in November. We are proud that our devices are in-built with robust and varied back-up functionalities; however, there are certain circumstances in which data loss can occur, even with the most capable back-up strategy. Failing technology, human error and natural disasters, such as fire or flooding, can all cause data loss. Access to Kroll Ontrack provides our customers with peace of mind.

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A giant leap into wireless

In Slovenia, a small team of developers have created a software tool that enables ‘digital paper.’ Some of the potential customers queuing up to trial the technology include; BMW, Ikea, Marriott Hotels, Greenpeace, DreamWorks Studios, and others. The digital paper technology enables digital signs, for instance for meeting rooms. But this alone isn’t compelling; it’s the fact that the battery powered digital signs don’t require cables and they can be managed via wireless signals.

It may be one small step for the technology industry but it’s a giant leap for customers. And it signals the launch of ever more sophisticated tools that not only makes life easier but also marks the end of spaghetti like piles of cables buried beneath desks, cluttering up living rooms or being hauled out in airport lounges.

For instance, one of our recently released wireless portable storage devices, the MiniStation Air 2, marks a sea change in consumer storage devices. The device is a battery powered wireless hard drive that allows users to expand storage and back up capacities without grappling with wires and cables or hooking it up to the Internet. It uses integrated Wi-Fi, so data can be streamed from up to eight devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

It also makes use of DLNA a method for multimedia devices to communicate with each other on a local network. Up to 1TB of portable storage is available so any DLNA-ready device can access whatever is stored, whether it is movies, music, or photos. Further, should you have access to an Internet connection its possible to simultaneously stream music or films while surfing the web.

These types of devices, independent of cables and bandwidth requirements, are the future not only in the consumer world and the corporate sphere, but in other industries too. The rush to test the digital paper device by BMW and others testifies to this.

At a wider level an independent, stand-alone device such as the MiniStation Air 2 with up to 1TB of storage, signals how technology is evolving and breaking into the consumer market. 1TB is a whopping amount of storage and being able to hook up to this without cables and an Internet connection is a ground breaking development that many people are going to find useful. Whether its business travellers or a person going on holiday, the MiniStation Air 2 provides the means to access large amounts of data without incurring huge costs.

This alone is a compelling feature – for instance, we’ve all heard of mobile users abroad being hit with outrageous charges after downloading content. With the Buffalo device users can now plan ahead and take content with them – for free. For most people, mobile computing wasn’t a part of their past, but it will dominate their future and the MiniStation Air 2 illustrates how we are making significant strides on that journey.

Buffalo Technology NAS products unaffected by ‘Heartbleed’ bug

All products running on Buffalo firmware are safe from the ‘Heartbleed’ bug. Buffalo’s LinkStation and TeraStation NAS products are completely unaffected by the bug, the same applies for all current Buffalo AirStation Router models and all routers working with Buffalo Technology firmware. For three old Buffalo routers running on DD-WRT firmware the settings should be checked to see if they could be at risk.

The ‘Heartbleed’ bug in OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive) can detect passwords and user credentials from various systems and websites. Buffalo Technology confirms its Network Attached Storage (NAS) customers are completely safe from the Heartbleed bug.

Klaas de Vos, COO, Buffalo Europe states: “Our Japanese software engineers are extremely conservative regarding security aspects. When the new ‘heart beat’ extension was launched for Open SSL they decided not to use it. This turned out to be a good choice.”

We confirm that all current ‘AirStation’ router models and all older models running on Buffalo firmware are safe. However, users that run DDW-RT firmware on the AirStation WZR-HP-G300NH2, WZR-HP-G450H or WZR-HP-AG300H and don’t use the standard settings, may potentially be at risk. If you have manually activated ‘Open VPN’, please check out this page for updates. All three models are End of Life and not being sold anymore.

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Effectively handling your customer data

English: Inside a customer Data Suite in Union...

English: Inside a customer Data Suite in Union Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Data security is an issue that both SMBs and enterprises have to address, so storing data on a NAS device that offers multiple levels of security to protect content and privacy is essential. However, that’s not the end of the issue…

Being prepared for suffering a data loss or breach can help lead to a faster, more effective response to your customers. You should be aware of the level of customer data your company is handling and storing, and why. Data breaches can expose how little an organisation really knows about its data. Take steps to protect your customers and your own business by assessing what data you have, who has access to it, and why.

You can control access by ensuring individuals are assigned username and password credentials, and the administrator is able to control folder and file-level access. When enabling individuals to access data through the web, HTTPS-access is available for individuals who need a secure, encrypted connection between their client device and the NAS device.

Access to customer data should be limited to employees who need it for justifiable business reasons. When storing sensitive customer information on external drives, mobile devices or any other hardware that can be easily lost or stolen, first consider whether it’s really necessary.