By Dave Altavilla | Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm
These days, the ever-growing library of files, documents and multimedia content for the average home user, family or small office, is not just bulk media that needs to be backed up. Beyond ensuring redundancy and resiliency for the data itself, file access, file management and file distribution need to have higher levels of sophistication. Gone are the days where you just mount a NAS (Network Attached Storage) volume as a mapped drive on your client machines and workstations. Oh no, dear ol’ Dad needs to play around with pics of the kid’s football team and needs to look at them “Flickr style” or he gets confused. Little Johnny wants to stream his iTunes up to his bedroom. And Mom, she just wants that QuickBooks data backed up nightly because if she loses it again, Dad is going to be in the dog house for a very long time. Finally, and actually of primary importance, all of this precious family data needs to be secured and have varying levels of user access rights.