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WD's 8 TB Network Storage Systems for small offices

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MUMBAI, INDIA: Western Digital (WD), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today announced that WD ShareSpace network storage systems now offer 8 TB (terabytes) of capacity, up to 30 percent faster transfer speeds, and DLNA media streaming capabilities. Combined with its ease-of-use and small footprint, WD ShareSpace is now a more compelling solution for small offices and digital media enthusiasts who want to store, protect and share massive amounts of content.

Responding to small-business customers’ needs for increased shared storage, WD incorporated its industry-first 2 terabyte WD Caviar Green drive into WD ShareSpace’s flexible four-bay design, creating a massive 8 TBs of storage in a small footprint.

The included WD Anywhere Backup software provides automatic and continuous protection for the valuable data from every PC and Mac on the network.

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To speed up both backup and storage, WD improved WD ShareSpace’s read and write speeds up to 30 percent for large media files. Current WD ShareSpace owners may download the new firmware update (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdsharespace/) to experience these performance improvements.  

Twenty-six percent of broadband households worldwide find it very appealing to be able to play PC-stored content on their TV, and the majority of consumers buying network storage cite as important the ability to serve content to other devices (58 percent), according to a recent Parks Associates studies (Aug. 2008).  

To meet the needs of digital media enthusiasts, WD added a DLNA Certified media server to the WD ShareSpace system, making it easy to stream music, photos and videos to popular DLNA-Certified devices including Windows Vista PCs, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The previously included iTunes Music Server lets anyone on the network stream the music collection on WD ShareSpace to any PC or Mac running iTunes.

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“With its huge capacity and small footprint, WD ShareSpace has become a popular choice among small business owners. By doubling capacity and increasing transfer speeds, the new 8 TB WD ShareSpace offers more value to small business users,” said  Sharad Srivastava, Director Sales (India & South Asia), Western Digital.  “Digital media enthusiasts, on the other hand, will really appreciate the new streaming support which lets them easily stream to PCs, Macs and game consoles. With the new WD ShareSpace, we have made important improvements for all our customers.”

Price and availability

The new 8 TB capacity will be available in two weeks time at selected distributors/ store in India MSRP (maximum Suggested Retail price) for the WD ShareSpace storage system with 8 TB is Rs. 1,12,199/-. WD ShareSpace network storage systems also are offered in capacities of 2 TB and 4 TB.

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Features

The new high-speed network storage systems feature:

  • A small-footprint, 4-bay storage system that takes up very little space and provides plenty of storage to go around
  • GigE connectivity with data transfer rates up to one gigabit per second when used in a GigE network 
  • RAID 0/1/5 capabilities for data protection and speed
  • E-mail alert system that monitors drive and system health and sends you an e-mail if a problem is detected