Buffalo Introduces New TeraStation 5000 Series NAS Devices

Buffalo Introduces New TeraStation 5000 Series NAS Devices

The new TeraStation 5000 series NAS devices were built with small and medium business owners in mind.

Buffalo today official launched their new TeraStation 5000 network-attached storage device (NAS). The new TeraStation 5000 series is aimed squarely at small and medium businesses (SMB) and focuses on being an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS with features more commonly found on much costlier systems.

The new TeraStation 5000 will be available in four different models with different bay configurations. The entry-level TeraStation 5200 sports two hard disk bays while the top of the range TeraStation 5800 has eight. In between, the TeraStation 5400 and 5600 has four and six bays respectively.

With the new TeraStation 5000 series, Buffalo wanted to make things easier for SMB owners and this is reflected in the new web interface. The new web interface has two modes: “Simple” for beginners and “Advanced” for more seasoned users. Apart from that, the new interface has also been designed to be more intuitive overall and also more economical in the sense that it now requires less clicks to navigate.

On the hardware side of things, the new TeraStation 5000 now comes with dual-core 1.86GHz Atom processor and 2GB of DDR3 memory. It also supports the latest SATA 6Gbps interface and has dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.

The front panel is has numerous vents for improved ventilation. There's also dust filters to keep the drive bays clean.

The new TeraStation 5000 NAS devices have been updated with USB 3.0 ports. Pity there's no Thunderbolt port.

Some features unique to the new TeraStation 5000 NAS devices is that it is the only product in its class that double as both a NAS and also an IP SAN (Internet Protocol Storage Area Network Storage) through the iSCSI protocol. This lets users allocate storage within their NAS to function as independent virtual servers for network users.

On top of this, the TeraStation 5000 also introduces a new feature called Failover. More commonly found on costlier systems, Failover lets users configure their TeraStation 5000 NAS such that data is automatically backed-up to a second TeraStation. Furthermore, in the event that the first TeraStation fails, the second kicks in and takes over automatically. In the event of a device failure, this significantly reduces downtime.

As a teaser, Buffalo also showed us the new TeraStation 7000, which is meant for higher-end SMB owners. This comes only with a 12-bay configuration and will only be launched later this year.

Lastly, with all the hype surrounding cloud computing. Users can also create their personal cloud with the new TeraStation 5000. Data stored can then be accessed through any web browser or through iOS or Android devices using the Buffalo-developed WebAccess i app. When quizzed about availability of the app on Blackberry devices, Buffalo said that it was previously in the works but they have no concrete plans for Blackberry at the moment.

The new TeraStation 5200 is priced at S$799 and the TeraStation 5400 at S$999. Prices of the TeraStation 5600 and 5800 have yet to be determined.

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