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The big (pun intended) story in NAS is that some companies are supersizing their NAS offerings. Buffalo Technology has brought its previously Japan-only TeraStation to the U.S. market. The TeraStation (officially the HD-H1.OTGL/R5) is a 1 teraByte NAS box that can mount four 250GB drives. It supports four operational modes: Standard, Spanning, Mirroring and Raid 5.

Standard supports each drive as a separate network share and Spanning merges all four drives as a single volume. Mirroring creates two separate pairs of mirrored drives to prevent data loss in the event of drive failure, and Raid 5 is self-explanatory.

Buffalo Technology's TeraStation

Buffalo Technology's TeraStation

Other features include a Journaling File System, compatibility with popular UPS interfaces to initiate smooth shutdown in the event of power loss, USB print server, and client-to-server and server-to-server backup utilities. Port complement includes four USB 2.0 and one 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port with the USB ports handling connection of printers or additional drives. Buffalo is positioning the TeraStation as both a SMB and consumer product, but the $999.99 price tag when it hits the shelves next month, although very aggressive, will be a bit difficult for most home networkers to justify to their spouse.

Buffalo is also introducing wireless versions of their LinkStation NAS line in 160, 250 and 300GB flavors that have all the non-wireless LinkStation features. The plain ol' 54Mbps 802.11g AP supports Buffalo's AOSS auto WLAN setup and includes an external indoor omni antenna thrown in for good measure. All versions will be out by the end of January at estimated street prices of $349 for 160GB, $449 for the 250GB and $549 for the 300GB - or about $50 above the non-wireless price.

Switching back to the bigger-is-better category, startup Anthology Solutions upped the teraByte ante coming in at 1.6T total capacity for its Yellow Machine P400T storage appliance. The "toaster-sized" box also incorporates more networking features than the TeraStation including an 8-port LAN switch, NAT+SPI router / firewall, email backup and recording, web access controls, LAN client backup and RAID 0, 1 and 5 for redundancy.

Anthology Solutions Yellow Machine

Anthology Solutions Yellow Machine

What it lacks compared to the TeraStation is USB 2.0 ports for disk expansion and print serving, which is also not included. Pricing and availabilty weren't in Anthology's release, but I'll see if I can get them when I visit their booth.

Also to be seen around the show are previously-announced NAS products such as Iomega's NAS 100d, and SimpleTech's SimpleShare. I'll also drop by NETGEAR's booth to see if they're showing the Zetera-based high-performance NAS.

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