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.

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 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.

How to use business data more efficiently in five steps

All businesses want to use data more effectively, especially in this age of ‘big data.’ Here is the Buffalo Technology five step guide to enhancing your data storage needs and capabilities:

Data (image credit Mediaplex)

1. Combine NAS with iSCSI

Combining Network-Attached Storage and iSCSI-attached storage provides an advanced level of data transfer performance, securitynetwork flexibility and exceptional file transfer performance.

This enables you to choose the best combination of technologies for your business, with NAS generally recognised as a better option for file storage, and iSCSI preferential for block storage.

iSCSI can be used with VMware’s virtualization environment, broadening the options for SMBs to gain from cost-efficient storage virtualization.

2. Make use of cloud storage support

Choose a NAS device that supports Amazon S3 backup, a fee-based online storage service that broadens the options for SMBs to store and back up their data offsite.

This enables employees to work flexibly and to remotely access the files they want whenever and wherever they want them, whether they are at home, on a desktop computer in an internet cafe, or travelling with a mobile device.

The technology works with all devices that have Internet access via a web browser, and there is optional SSL support for increased security.

3. Maximise HD video, music and gaming streaming speeds

For businesses that are heavy users of multimedia files, some NAS devices are particularly well suited to streaming high-definition video and music, and also high quality gaming.

Integrated multimedia capabilities save IT administrators valuable time and resources, and offer creative professionals, home office workers and employees high levels of functionality and usability.

4. Utilise BitTorrent Downloader

Some NAS systems include technology that allows businesses to manage P2P BitTorrent file transfers directly without the use of a dedicated PC. This is especially useful for sharing large files with ease.

5. Use advanced storage management

Advanced NAS devices include features and functions created specifically to make storage management tasks straightforward for SMBs. These tools allow them to manage their data the way that best suits the needs of the company.

Some devices are capable of supporting multiple levels of RAID technology, from RAID 0 up to RAID 61, utilising multiple hard drives and delivering enterprise-class capacity and redundancy. This means businesses can customise their RAID storage in a way that suits them best.

Also, simplified user interfaces can be useful, as the technology enables data to be transferred to online backup or cloud-based storage in a straightforward and efficient way by less tech-savvy users.

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.