Buffalo gets personal with CloudStation
Buffalo, the world’s number one brand in consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions and a global leader in direct storage and wired and wireless networking, today announced the Australian release of CloudStation, a revolutionary new storage solution which enables users to access and share digital content stored on their own personal cloud.
At its heart, CloudStation is a hard drive, yet the benefits extend well beyond simple storage. CloudStation provides a portal to freely access and share photos, videos, music and much more with anyone, anywhere through the cloud. Unlike other online storage services, CloudStation has no capacity or service fees and provides users with complete control over the safety and security of their personal digital files.
Setting up the CloudStation is refreshingly simple. Buffalo has automated all the networking complexity traditionally associated with hard drives and remote access. Users simply plug it in, connect it to their router with the supplied Ethernet cable, turn it on and then create a free account at https://cloudstation.pogoplug.com/. Where time and cost can be a deterrent to uploading entire music and multimedia libraries to online cloud storage services, with CloudStation this process is quick and simple because the device is connected directly to the home network.
According to Boris Shen, Buffalo’s Business Manager, Australia and New Zealand, it’s this user-friendliness which has been missing from other storage solutions on the market which promise remote access to files. The Buffalo CloudStation solution also offers a number of key advantages over competing online cloud service providers.
“Bringing CloudStation to the Australian market delivers on Buffalo’s promise of simplifying data mobility, allowing users to access and share their content freely, with anyone, anywhere.
“While consumer and small business interest in cloud storage has been gaining momentum, CloudStation can promise one thing that other online cloud service providers can’t. Complete control over your digital files, with no fees – ever,” he said.
How does it work?
At the centre of every CloudStation is the Pogoplug cloud service. The service connects users to their storage and allows them to freely access and share their storage anywhere in the world. Files are securely shared between people and there is no need for user setup; users simply email a link to their family and friends. Users’ digital content always resides on CloudStation and the online service is only used to connect users and guests to specified files on the device.
Smartphone and tablet access
Ideal for those who want access to stored files while away from home or share movies, music and photos across multiple devices, CloudStation can also be accessed from any smartphone or tablet – Apple, Android, Blackberry or Web OS. Tapping into gigabytes of media is as easy as downloading the Pogoplug app.
As these mobile devices aren’t capable of the same wireless network speeds or have the same processing power as desktop computers or laptops, CloudStation automatically creates 3G-friendly copies of photos and videos, optimising them for the mobile experience.
CloudStation offers many traditional consumer network attached storage (NAS) features including private share support for LAN based network sharing and pairing with the popular Torrent™ client, allowing users to offload the task of downloading torrent files from computers to CloudStation.
Buffalo CloudStation can also stream to popular media devices, including Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Plus, CloudStation has an integrated Time Machine backup system that allows Mac users to use Time Machine to back-up their systems to CloudStation when at home.
Pricing and availability
Product name: Buffalo CloudStation CS-X (Single drive)
Pricing: AU$209 (1TB), AU$259 (2TB)
Product name: Buffalo CloudStation Pro Duo CS-WV/R1 (Two drive)
Pricing: AU$389 (2TB), AU$639 (4TB)
Available in store: 28 November 2011
Buffalo products are available in JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Retravision, WOW Sight & Sound, Myer and David Jones stores nationally.
For customer enquiries please visit www.buffalotech.com
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