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.

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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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Buffalo’s new cost-effective TeraStation WSS 2012 R2

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Our new Windows Storage Server offers businesses a cost-effective solution to IP storage.

This economical Windows Storage Server R2 combines high-performance NAS with the power and convenience of Windows operating system, providing a seamless, efficient and secure solution to network integration and BYOD.

If you have a small/medium size business then this product is invaluable to you. The fully populated series, in either Rackmount or Desktop formats, is available with various capacities from 4 to 24TB.

The TeraStation WSS 2012 R2 comes equipped with powerful Intel Atom Dual-Core processors and enables Active Directory integration, meaning that you can manage access and storage in the same way as you do with your Windows Server.

Supported by RAID the device provides a secure backup function and the hot swap functionality enables you to change disks without any downtime. New features such as work folders, simplify BYOD by enabling users to access work files from their personal computers and mobile devices.

Julia Molzen, Senior Manager Marketing & PR Europe at Buffalo Technology, says:

“The latest Windows Storage Server R2 series delivers convenience and ease of use especially in
Windows environments, without compromising on performance. Making it perfect for small to medium
businesses. New features, such as work folders, facilitate BYOD by enabling users to access
work files from their personal computers and mobile devices.

The TeraStation WSS 2012 R2 covers every business area, providing the backup capabilities required from a high performing and secure data storage solution.

Buffalo TeraStation range expanded

We’ve recently announced a series of exciting developments to our business-class storage devices, with the launch of our first Anti-Virus devices (TS5000V) and new TeraStation 7000 enterprise range.

TeraStation 5000 Anti-Virus

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Buffalo TeraStation with Trend Micro Anti-Virus software

With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) currently overhauling the IT landscape, our new TS5000V devices enable IT managers who must abide by strict corporate security rules to implement a NAS storage system that meets their security needs. Viruses from personal and external devices are prevented and only authenticated users can access the network, protecting corporate data.

The Anti-Virus devices provide SMBs and enterprises that are planning to strengthen their current security methods with a simple and reliable security system. The anti-virus function is validated on purchase and there is no need for extra configuration after setup, giving users a hassle-free advanced level of security.

The new 4TB TeraStation 5200 Anti-Virus, 8TB 5400 Anti-Virus and 16TB 5400 Rackmount Anti-Virus devices are pre-installed with Trend Micro’s Anti-Virus software, and are the only models of their kind to support real-time scanning. This assures businesses that their data is constantly monitored and, in the case of a virus, an alarm is immediately raised and infected files are automatically removed and saved to a protected folder to prevent the virus spreading.

TeraStation 7000 range

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Buffalo’s TeraStation 7000 range

The TeraStation™ 7120r and TeraStation 7120r Enterprise devices mark our first venture into the Enterprise market. They are packed with business-class features such as Active Directory support, disk quota support, share level replication, quad gigabit Ethernet ports supporting link aggregation up to 4Gbps, hot-swap hard drives, iSCSI targeting and add-on PCI-Express card support with approved devices.

The 12-bay, 2 rack unit, mountable devices feature powerful Intel® Xeon® quad core processors, upgradeable DDR3 RAM and enterprise-class hard drive configurations. This makes them ideal for businesses that require a cost-effective, scalable RAID-based network storage solution for large networks and business critical applications.

The TeraStation 7120r Enterprise packs 24TB of high performance, scalable storage, along with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM across 12 enterprise-class hard drives. Its Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad core processor enables businesses to run many programs with minimal performance impact and maintain maximum network throughput while replication and backup jobs run in the background.

The Enterprise device’s sister product, the TeraStation 7120r, is a 12-bay device partially populated with four standard SATA hard drives. It features the Intel Xeon E3-1225 quad core processor and 4GB of upgradeable DDR3 RAM. With eight available bays for capacity expansion, TeraStation 7120r provides simple scalability for future demands.

For further information on our full business NAS range, download our whitepaper here.

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.