Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of global developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions Shuttle Inc., is expanding its NAS product family. Two new network storage solutions, now complement Shuttle’s spectrum of models available for various data backup and storage requirements via Gigabit Ethernet.
The two new machines coming onto the market, the OMNINAS KD21 and KD22, feature increased transmission speeds and a greater range of functions to Shuttle’s previous NAS solutions. New ARM-based processors with 1.0 to 1.2 GHz and twice the amount of memory enable data transfer speeds of up to 110 MB/s (read) and 75 MB/s (write). The enhanced performance of the new processors means that all KD21 and KD22 server services can be activated at the same time.
The new NAS’s features include a range of functions for increased user convenience, such as a power on/off schedule, online firmware updates and direct image transfer from an attached digital camera to the NAS.
Initial setup has also been simplified. The new models now make use of Wake-on LAN and an integrated FTP server. Furthermore, two hard disks can now operate in single mode, easing subsequent expansion of disk capacity. To reduce light interference in the home environment, the LEDs on the KD21 and KD22 can now be disabled at the press of a button.
A particular feature of the flagship KD22 machine is the integrated wireless LAN function which allows notebooks, smartphones and tablets to have wireless access to the NAS server and the network in which it is located. Since this creates an additional WLAN network, the network coverage (range) would ideally extend, claims Shuttle, as terminal devices now have access to more than one network.
"We are grateful for the numerous responses and suggestions we have received since the launch of our first storage solution. The extended OMNINAS family benefits from this feedback," says Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "Important features have been added to the KD21 and KD22 so that they work noticeably more rapidly."
The at-a-glance specifications for the two new models and their latest predecessor are as follows:
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD20: 75/55 MB/s (R/W)*, 2x 750 MHz, 256 MB RAM
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD21: 100/70 MB/s (R/W)*, 1.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD22: 110/75 MB/s (R/W)*, 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, wireless LAN access point
All OMNINAS models support both 2.5" and 3.5" drive formats. Consumers can choose almost any HDD or SSD with 3 Gbit/s or 6 Gbit/s SATA interface. The machines also come with Acronis True Image backup software. Mac users can backup with Time Machine.
The KD21 available now from specialised retailers throughout Europe, while the KD22 will be available starting November. The NAS devices will sell for a recommended retail price of € 133.00 for the KD21 and €156.00 for the KD22.