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.

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Buffalo Data Storage Infographic

SMBs are increasingly finding themselves having to handle large volumes of data that demands the highest level of uptime. However, our recent research found that many IT managers are failing to utilise best practice when it comes to storing and protecting their data – with many still using consumer storage for their corporate data and not taking data backup seriously despite recognising the threats.

Below is an infographic we’ve created to highlight the results of our survey of 500 IT professionals at SMBs across the UK.

 

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Buffalo storage infographic

Grownup storage for start-up businesses

Today’s small and mid-sized businesses operate in the same mission-critical environment as their enterprise competitors. And like big businesses, SMBs also have to handle large volumes of data, and maintain the highest levels of uptime – every day and around the clock.

Despite this, an independent survey of IT managers, commissioned by Buffalo Technology, found that:

  • 62% of respondents store their business data on external hard-drives
  • 45% of respondents store their business data on USB sticks or CDs
  • Only 10% of respondents store their business data on NAS devices
  • Only 29% of respondents use an IT specialist to inform their decisions
  • Only 7% of respondents backup their data hourly
  • 37% of respondents backup only once a day

These stats show that many SMBs are not taking backup seriously, even though 9 out of 10 respondents realise they would be impacted through data loss, and 24% have already experienced it.

It has become essential for SMBs to adopt enterprise-class processes and technologies, and this applies to the data storage and management systems that underpin their business. Buffalo Technology’s TeraStation 5000 family of products – which features the TeraStation 5200, 5400, 5600 and 5800 – provide exactly what SMBs need to compete with the larger players. The enterprise-class solution is designed to help them centralise their storage and backup activities, seamlessly and cost-effectively. It does this by providing SMBs with a host of powerful business features and a level of reliability and performance normally only associated with an enterprise environment.

The TeraStation 5000 family of devices are either rack-mounted or freestanding and come with a compact design, which offers a business class/professional-grade NAS operating system. The devices simplify the process of managing data, backups and data sharing in a production environment. They also bring a range of advanced features such as NAS and iSCSI support, multiple levels of RAID technology, failover, support for cloud storage and IP video surveillance integration.

Features like these make the TeraStation 5000 range an ideal data storage and management platform for SMBs. From a business perspective, they are a cost-effective network storage solution for companies that require enterprise-level performance and functionality.

A guide to dealing with data for service companies

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A recent Buffalo Technology survey found that 26% of IT managers’ data is only backed up for a year or less, and 27% aren’t sure if it is being backed up at all. Furthermore, 21% of respondents don’t know if their company is compliant with data laws in their country, and 19% have suffered a security breach in the last year.

With data being the lifeblood of all businesses, whether SMBs or enterprises, backup procedures are essential. IT managers need to ensure their NAS device has backup software that automatically backs up documents along with photos, music and email files, safely and securely.

Our TeraStation range includes a feature that allows the user to create up to 10 backup versions of their data, which means they could set up to 10 consecutive days of backups that can be easily retrieved from their directory. This would be in addition to their ‘usual’ backup actions.

The TeraStation NAS system can be configured in a variety of ways to backup and protect important data, and compression and encryption are available to secure the information. One option is backing up to a USB hard drive, flash drive or digital camera, and this is a simple plug and play process. Alternatively, it’s possible to backup to another TeraStation on the home or office network, or backup remotely over the Internet to a private cloud or Amazon S3 managed cloud service.

In addition to this, a failover facility ensures files or folders are automatically backed up to another NAS device when they are created. The second device steps in to automatically take the place of the first in the event of it failing, preventing the interruption of business operations.

For more information, click here to download our TeraStation 5000 white paper.

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