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Network attached storage taken to a whole new level, remotely

Maxtor Solutions, Seagate's newest acquisition, has launched a network attached storage device which carries many features fond of all things multimedia and then some.

The Fusion 500GB, or Shared Storage Plus, is a 500GB network attached device which utilizes a 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet connection to interface not only with a local network but also over a broadband connection for remote access to media stored on the device. The specifications list the Ethernet as an input but we're assuming the link is bi-directional. The product specifications also list two USB 2.0 ports for output which we assume are also bi-directional ports.

What sets the Fusion 500 apart from other network attached storage devices we have reported on in the past is the ability to remotely connect and access the contents of the device through a web interface and interactive drag and drop features to send and receive files. Security features include user accounts management as well as email invitation features which allow the owner of the device to send out emailed invites to those the owner would like to give access to.

Retail pricing on Maxtor Solutions' online retailer site is listed at $450 with a 1-year warranty but some of Maxtor's resale partners have listed the unit for a little under $400. The premium price for a 500GB external networked storage device may be worth it to folks who value the management features Maxtor offers in the Fusion 500GB, however there are other 500GB external drives out there which can be purchased for under $300 with the same 1-year warranty.

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By Fusion Lover on 6/17/2006 3:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
Don't take this product as your run of the mill network connected storage device. This product goes way beyond home network plumbing like competitive products mentioned here. Fusion is a Personnel Web Server with a purpose built application included that allows powerful tools to manage (tagging, layered tagging, search and auto organization using meta data), share (personnel web page, invited share that go beyond Yahoo photo, etc - cross all content types not just photo's) and link (let's you link content that resides on the box to third party web sites like blogs, E-bay, MySpace, etc) - layered on top of 500GB if Gigabit IP connected storage.

This application is fully web enabled (fully running with the server) and requires no client install. That means the experience is the same from any browser and any computer in the world that is connected to the Internet. The UI is also impressive given that it is written in AJAX and makes you fell like you're using a desktop application (drag & drop, no screen refreshes, etc) although you're really operating within your browser.

I'd encourage you all to learn more, this is a ground breaking and one of a kind product. Given all that - $799 is a bargain!!!

Fusion Lover...

By mindless1 on 6/18/2006 12:25:05 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be silly. You can pick up a Buffalo NAS that runs linux and can be reconfigured to do plenty for under $200 sans the 500GB HDD, or about $240 with a 300GB drive.

What _I_ think is really missing from these devices is expandability. They need a side-panel that pops off and a snap-on width extender that allows adding 2-3 more HDDs internally.

By Trisped on 6/19/2006 2:58:04 PM , Rating: 2
The key word in there is "can." Yes, Linux can be configured to allow web hosting, but it is not an easy process, even for computer fanatics. This product seems to be targeted at the "stupid" computer users that are constantly asking me to come fix their computers. This way they can plug in the hardware, follow the quick start guide, and be ready to start hosting a web page in 1-5 hours instead of the 1-5 hours to install Linux on their PC, 10-50 hours to learn how to run a web server from Linux, and the 10-20 hours to learn a few of the steps needed to security from DoS, hackers, and viruses that a system like that would attract. I personally would prefer something a little more powerful, but most users would be perfectly happy working within the limitations of the devices (or as happy as any non savvy computer user can be when working with computers).

By MercenaryForHire on 6/18/2006 10:18:24 PM , Rating: 1
I'd encourage you to be a little more subtle next time you want to be a marketing shill for a company.

That said, I'd like to see how many minutes one of these things lasts before the first exploit shows up for the "Personnel Web Server" built into this thing.

Feel free to respond in the expected manner of Corporate Horseshit using Improper Capitalization, I won't be Personnelly Offended by your use of Gratutious Buzzwords and Hype.

- M4H

By Trisped on 6/19/2006 3:01:08 PM , Rating: 2
I liked that they mentioned the complete uses, where the article makes it sound more like an ftp server. Still, it was strange, as I wouldn't expect a paid forum poster to get the price wrong, but the article said $450 and the poster said $799.

Pros and Cons
By vingamm on 6/16/2006 4:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
The Price is a little steep but I can see this as being a great way to upload shares to others and with the anonimity of an email notification you do not have to worry about those you do not want having access to know about of it. I I still cannot get past the price. My quesiton is can it be RAIDed and used as a file server. That would make it more inpressive.

RE: Pros and Cons
By PuravSanghani on 6/16/2006 5:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
This version is a standalone unit which means no RAID support. It is targeted at the home environment where redundancy or high capacities are *generally* unecessary.

But I understand exactly where you are coming from with the RAID question. There are many other products which have the features us enthusiasts are looking for.

Take care,

RE: Pros and Cons
By UNCjigga on 6/16/2006 9:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, the price is way to steep. I'd rather get a NetGear SC101 and use Orb on the host PC.

Absurd price
By babasyzygy on 6/18/2006 8:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
You've got to be kidding me - this is a joke at that price.

Take a look at the Infrant ReadyNAS - 4 hotswappable SATA drive bays, fully supported RAID with dynamic volume sizing... on Amazon for $769 with 1x250 GB (Seagate!) drive or $899 with 2x250 GB, all expandable up to 2 TB (unformatted) now and 3 TB when 750 GB drives ship.

Full web support, full Mac/afp support, and some lightweight services like DNS and DHCP, as well as printer sharing and camera syncing. Kernel upgrades (it's an embedded Linux) are easily installable from Infrant's web site, particularly useful as support for greater than 2.0 TB filesystems comes out.

Once you've got RAID going (> 1 drive) you can even trivially replace drives with larger ones simply by hotswapping them in.

That's so much more bang for the buck that Seagate should be ashamed of this entry.

(Just a happy customer on Infrant's).

RE: Absurd price
By rrsurfer1 on 6/19/2006 9:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
So... for more money, you get less storage with the Infrant product... sounds like the joke's on you. Granted the RAID is an additional value, if you use it.

By alexlexa on 6/17/2006 10:25:56 AM , Rating: 2
I use a device of freecom since 6 months and has this feature standard. The storage gateway. You can see info on homepage or on a very interesting user group kind regards, alex.

For the price
By Trisped on 6/19/2006 2:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
For the price I would rather get a $0-100 piece of software that would allow me to do the same thing with an old PC.

Also, since the hard drive is included the cost is a little high for people that have old hard drives that they can use or that want a larger drive in the device.

Although not an alternative, Netgear has an interesting drive that includes RAID 1 support and local drive emulation (so Windows will think it is a local drive rather then a network one, since some programs must be run on local drives). It doesn't come with drives (which has spawned a page on which drives work and which don't), which is why I mention it.

I still like the old PC idea better though.

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