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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Back to education: storage device part of essential toolkit

With a brand new academic year on the horizon, students heading back to their studies should be looking at the new semester as a fresh opportunity to get organised and focused. This includes good practice when saving and backing-up important data.

Being organised upon returning to school or university equates to starting the year as you mean to end it. It might just be another aspect of student life, but one which may save a lot of time and heartache should the worst occur. There is nothing worse than losing a paper or dissertation and having to restart, under pressure, and with time running out!

Portable storage devices are more than just another place to save files. They are able to hold an individual’s digital life: photos, docs and videos – important items that are worth protecting. Including a reliable data storage solution in a toolkit of essentials will make student life so much easier. Here’s why:

1. You can’t afford to risk losing hours of hard work

To prevent yourself from heartbreak, it’s always best to remember Peter Krogh’s 3-2-1 rule, which advises to save any document three times, on at least two different media storage devices (e.g. a personal storage drive, online cloud or the university shared drive).

2. Keep on moving

Changing where you are working from (i.e. the library, at home, a local café) every few hours allows you to regain perspective and momentum when spending long periods of time on your work. You’ll need to have the equipment required for this type of remote working.

Portable storage drives offer great levels of mobility and flexibility when working remotely and some even allow you to transfer files just by touching to the laptop or desktop (NFC). This allows you to focus more on your studies and work, relaxed in the knowledge that your important data has been saved multiple times, behind a wall of encryption.

3. Peace of mind

Portable storage devices these days are protected against physical damage and digital incursions as standard. Although the design has evolved to produce thinner and more lightweight devices, they are still very durable and offer digital protection via hardware encryption.

Students have fast paced lives and move from one place of work to another. However, you can take comfort in the knowledge that portable storage devices are built to deal with the rough and tear of student life – unless they are flooded with alcohol or dropped from the fifth floor of halls!

Shock protection is available for those students who require hardier devices. This includes full disk encryption (FDE), which protects your data from unauthorised access. Within the uber-competitive environment of university, this could be more useful than ever!

In the past, students carried USB sticks and floppy discs to store files. Now they are able to do so via the cloud and virtualisation. Portable storage is a great way to store important data whilst keeping everything close and mobile. With the different models available and the range of features, it is very easy to find the one which best fits a student’s individual requirements and lifestyle.

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.