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Wirelessly view and share your personal content – easily, safely and securely – with the new WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server from Sony.

Measuring just 14.4 x 7cm and 9mm thin, the pocket-sized server is evolved from the WG-C10, now adding even more possibilities to manage all your content while you’re on the move or at home. Styled to match the latest Xperia smartphone, it’s also a great companion for other phone and tablet users.

Slip in an SD memory card and use the WG-C20 to view and share all those photos, videos and MP3 music, and even office documents and other PC files. For even more storage capacity, hook up USB devices like a flash memory, a digital camera or portable hard drive1.

It’s the first Portable Wireless Server from Sony that supports NFC for fuss-free wireless connection. Just touch your Xperia or other NFC-equipped mobile device briefly against the WG-C20; the app wakes up and automatically makes a direct Wi-Fi connection with no fiddly set-up codes. Then enjoy wireless streaming of photos and movie clips from the server onto your smartphone.

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  • Just slip in an SD card to      wirelessly play and share content
  • NFC for easy one-touch wireless      connection with your phone
  • Charge your smartphone or      tablet battery
  • Play content on DLNA-enabled      TVs or home audio devices
  • Share files with up to 8 other      wireless users simultaneously, with easy, secure access control

Slim, colourful looks style-matched to new Xperia phone

With support for DLNA, the WG-C20 is just like a mini home media server. Stream stored video, photos and music to your TV, hi-fi, PCs, tablets and other networked DLNA client devices around the house, with no cables required. You can also hook up an external hard drive via USB cable and share the contents.

Digital camera users will also love the WG-C20. After shooting, slip your camera’s memory card into the server and view all those precious memories wirelessly on your smartphone or tablet, or upload to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The WG-C20 makes a handy tool for sharing content wirelessly with friends, family and co-workers when there’s no Wi-Fi hotspot nearby. Insert an SD memory card or connect a USB drive containing photos, PC documents or slide presentations. Then stream and share your files with up to eight users via their smartphones, tablets or PCs. It’s great for meetings, car journeys or impromptu get-togethers when others want to view your digital stuff. It’s secure, too – access control only lets friends or co-workers see and access a shared folder that you specify. For extra security you can also set a password allowing other devices to access content on the WG-C20.

You can even use the Internet while the server’s linked via peer-to-peer wireless connection with your smartphone, tablet or PC. The WG-C20 can ‘bridge’ an Internet connection from your normal Wi-Fi router, letting you explore the web and upload content and more from your mobile.

The WG-C20 also doubles as a handy power source for your smartphone, tablet or digital camera, quickly charging other devices via USB from its high-capacity battery when there’s no mains socket nearby.

It’s easy to control the WG-C20 using the File Manager app from Sony. Just touch your Xperia or NFC-equipped mobile devices to the WG-C20 and you’re directed to Google Play Store to download the free app to your mobile. File Manager for Android devices will be available by November 2013.

The new WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server is available in the UK in white, black and purple from October 2013. It will be priced at £99 from www.sony.co.uk

Halo 2‘s PC multiplayer servers will be switched off next month, it has  been revealed.

The Halo 2 PC multiplayer servers have been live  for four years, but currently peak at only 20 players or less.

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The servers will be switched off on February 15, after which multiplayer matches  can be played over LAN.

“To switch gears ever so slightly, we’re sad to  report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be  February 15, 2013,” reads a Halo Waypoint statement.

“We’ve been  monitoring the population for months, and it’s been peaking consistently at  approximately 20 players or less. Those that own this game can continue to enjoy  Multiplayer over LAN after that date; however our network services will be  turned off at that time.

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Synology have just announced another addition to it’s huge line up of NAS servers – this time it’s the 2-bay DiskStation DS213+.

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The Synology DiskStation DS213+ is a high-performance 2-bay all-in-1 NAS server for SMB users. Offering high-performance, energy efficiency, and full list of business features in a network attached storage solution that helps small and medium-sized businesses centralise backup, protect critical assets and share files quickly and efficiently.

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Extra Power-saving System Hibernation
  • 110.36 MB/sec Reading, 84.31 MB/sec Writing
  • Hardware Encryption Engine
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Windows® AD and LDAP Directory Service Support
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

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Today Microsoft announced their Windows Server 2012 line up, and one server noticeably missing is Windows Home Server!

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This little piece of news is something that we MVP’s have known about for some time but because of NDA’s haven’t been able to say anything.

This is one of a few reasons why we changed the name of this site from Using Windows Home Server to Connected Digital World!

So if you want similar functionality to Windows Home Server in a 2012 Server product then you will be looking for Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which will cost you around $425! So that’s quite a price hike from Windows Home Server 2011!

Some additional information could be found in the Windows Server 2012 Essentials FAQ:

Q: Will there be a next version of Windows Home Server?
A: No. Windows Home Server has seen its greatest success in small office/home office (SOHO) environments and among the technology enthusiast community. For this reason, Microsoft is combining the features that were previously only found in Windows Home Server, such as support for DLNA-compliant devices and media streaming, into Windows Server 2012 Essentials and focusing our efforts into making Windows Server 2012 Essentials the ideal first server operating system for both small business and home use—offering an intuitive administration experience, elastic and resilient storage features with Storage Spaces, and robust data protection for the server and client computers.

Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Home Server 2011?
A: Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013.

So what do you think of this news? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

If you want to read the full line-up of Windows Server 2012 products, click here.

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Earlier this week we told you about the new beta for Plex, and now Plex are reporting that Plex for Windows Phone is available.

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This is part of what was posted on the Plex blog:

All that to say: Hey, Plex for Windows Phone 7 is now available in the App Store! (Well, it should be shortly, it says it’s live but apparently it takes a little while to actually show up.) Make sure you’re running the new 0.9.6 beta of the Plex Media Server, which includes Silverlight Smooth Streaming support.

I have just checked the Windows Phone Marketplace and I couldn’t find it. I did however find a game called Plex!

If you find it and try it, let us know what you think.

Plex have introduced a new beta of its Plex Server software that adds DLNA and Windows Phone support.

This is what was posted on the Plex blog:

First and foremost, this is an initial release of the server, labeled beta, and there will be bugs. The good news is that, as always, the server is backwards/forwards compatible, so you can move back and forth as you wish between beta and stable.

Secondly, there are like seven bazillion DLNA devices. At least. We’ve focused on support for two of them primarily (the PS3, and the Xbox360) and one other (the WD TV Live). The good news is that we have a very simple yet powerful XML-based configuration (see here for the current one) system which can be used to describe new DLNA clients’ capabilities. We can push out new profiles to everyone automatically, and you can extend it with your own profiles. (For those who care, just make your own dlnaclientprofiles.xml file in the Plex Media Server application support folder. And please, please, share your new profiles with us so that everyone can benefit!)

Last of all, subtitles are not working with DLNA in this release. We will absolutely get them working, and better than you might think possible, just not in this first release. Sorry.

The new links to this BETA release of the Plex Media Server are available in the usual place (look for the beta release with DLNA support). Linux builds will be up shortly, we’re just doing a final round of testing. Enjoy!

So have you tried it yet? Let us know what you think.

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If you are using the Windows 8 Developer Preview it is due to expire on March 11th. Now Microsoft have released a fix to extend the date.

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The update postpones the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview and for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview. Currently, the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview is set to March 11, 2012, and the expiration date for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview is set to April 8, 2012. After you install this update, both expiration dates are postponed to January 15, 2013.

That being said, the Consumer Preview will be released later this month so I would be really surprised if that many people would still be using the Developer Preview after that date.

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Iomega Announces New Server Class Series Of High Performance Scalable Network Storage Devices.

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New Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series Excels with Enterprise Capabilities for SMBs, Remote Offices and Distributed Enterprises:

· Advanced EMC Storage Technology Foundation and EMC E-Lab Tested

· Server Class Drives for Higher Reliability and Continuous Operation

· New EMC LifeLine Software for Industrial Strength Operating Environments

· Certified for Windows, VMware and Citrix

· Ideal Network Storage for SMB Video Surveillance Installations

· Iomega Personal Cloud Technology for Cloud Capabilities at No Incremental Cost

· Diskless to 18TB in Desktop Enclosures, Up to 36TB in Rackmount Arrays

 

Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, just announced the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series of network storage products, a versatile line of high performance desktop and rackmount NAS devices utilizing server class drives and offering the highest levels of performance and advanced data protection for small- to medium-sized businesses, remote offices and distributed enterprises.

Designed with EMC storage technology, Iomega’s new StorCenter PX Server Class Series incorporates a new version of EMC® LifeLine ™ software with advanced computing features as well as 1TB*, 2TB and 3TB server class SATA drives for higher reliability and continuous operation in critical business functions, such as “always on” video surveillance applications. The new high performance line of Iomega NAS products includes competitively priced four-bay and six-bay desktop models that range from diskless to 18TB of network storage, and four-bay and 12-bay rackmount models that range from diskless to 36TB of network storage.

Advanced Business Features of the new Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series

In addition to all the existing standard features included with Iomega network storage devices, the new desktop and rackmount StorCenter PX Server Class Series launches with a new version of EMC® LifeLine™ software that includes advanced features specifically targeted to industrial-strength operating environments, including:

· Configuration Backup and Restore – backup and restore system configuration information, saving various system properties, including users, groups, device identification and share names and permissions. This capability is particularly useful when cloning a configuration across the deployment of multiple systems, such as branch offices and retail locations.

· Scheduled Power – create a power schedule to turn on and off StorCenter PX Server Class Series models, including day and time as well as one-time events or recurring events.

· • Wake-on-LAN – Powers on StorCenter PX Server Class series models when a specific signal is sent over the network. (Wake-On-LAN “magic packet” application not included.) Both scheduled power and Wake on LAN provide state of the art electrical power management to enable customers to minimize AC power footprint for sustainability or to minimize operating costs.

· Encrypted Volume – allows users to secure data on a created encrypted volume with an assigned password. Data on the encrypted volume, including block and file, is only accessible with assigned password.

· SMART Hard Drive Monitor – Continually monitors and reports on the health of all drives in StorCenter PX Server Class Series system.

· Partner Application Download – Supports download and installation of partnered third-party applications, extending functionality and flexibility of StorCenter PX Server Class Series models.

· SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) – Useful for secure transferring of data between computers over a network. SFTP reads and writes from/to a remote server to a StorCenter PX Server Class Series model.

· Iomega Personal Cloud technology – a revolutionary web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet.

· EMC Atmos – Connect to any EMC Atmos powered cloud storage service provider for secure, offsite storage of data.

· LifeLine Native Video Surveillance Enhancements – In addition to support for Axis® and Panasonic® IP cameras, StorCenter PX Server Class Series models now support configurable resolution settings and parameters for Bosch® IP cameras.

· High performance through optional solid state drives, dual core Intel processors, and up to four GbE NICs and 4GB memory.

· Multiple RAID levels – 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+1 (hot spare) and 6, all with automatic RAID rebuild and hot swap functionality.

· Server Class Pedigree: Certified for VMware® vSphere 5.0, Citrix® XenServer™, Windows ® Server 2003/2008/2008R2.

Video Surveillance Solutions with the StorCenter PX Server Class Series

The new StorCenter PX Server Class Series makes it easy to archive, protect and share physical security video and audio files from anywhere (with an Internet connection). StorCenter PX Server Class Series devices deliver the innovation and convenience of optimizing video surveillance installations from four to 48 IP cameras per device at a fraction of the cost of traditional DVR/NVR installations. Iomega StorCenter devices deliver the missing element from today’s video management systems – the ability to offer storage with advance data protection.

Iomega’s versatile StorCenter network storage family offers three flexible video surveillance storage and management solutions for SMBs and distributed enterprises:

· Surveillance Storage Target – Simplified, scalable network storage for recorded or archived surveillance video.

· Integrated Video Management Systems – Blend smart storage with leading video management software and IP cameras for an integrated, low-cost video surveillance solution.

· Iomega Hosted Video Surveillance Solutions – Leverage the power of cloud storage and the ubiquity of a browser-based video management system interface for a highly cost-effective security solution.

Desktop StorCenter px4-300d and px6-300d Server Class Series

The Iomega® StorCenter™ px4-300d Server Class Series consists of four HDD bays and up to 12TB of storage; the Iomega® StorCenter™ px6-300d Server Class Series is outfitted with six HDD bays and up to 18TB of storage capacity. Both models are available diskless, partially populated and fully populated. Empty bays in both models are fitted with a drive carrier that can accommodate 2.5-inch and 3.5 inch HDD drives, as well as SSD drives for performance-intensive applications.

Rackmount StorCenter px4-300r and px12-350r Server Class Series

With up to 12TB of storage capacity, the Iomega® StorCenter™ px4-300r Network Storage Array Server Class Series features four bays for use with HDDs or SSDs. The px4-300r comes in a space-saving 1U form factor ranging from diskless to fully populated with HDD and/or SSD drives. Iomega’s flagship rackmount unit, the Iomega® StorCenter™ px12-350r Network Storage array Server Class Series, utilizes 12 bays in a 2U form factor that ranges from partially populated with 4TB to fully populated with up to 36TB.

Availability and Warranty

The new Iomega® StorCenter™ PX Server Class Series of network storage devices is now available worldwide.

The desktop Iomega® StorCenter™ px4-300d Network Storage Server Class Series starts at £579.00, the desktop Iomega® StorCenter™ px6-300d Network Storage Server Class Series starts at £649.00, the rackmount Iomega® StorCenter™ px4-300r Network Storage Array Server Class Series starts at £1,329.00, and the rackmount Iomega® StorCenter™ px12-350r Network Storage Array Server Class Series starts at £3,339.00.

The Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series includes a standard three-year limited warranty with phone support up to 13 hours a day, five days a week. Optional service plans include Iomega’s Enhanced Service Plan which includes a five-year limited warranty, 24×7 phone support with advance replacement.

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As well as announcing the 5big Office Server with WHS 2011, LaCie have also announced the 5big Office + Server with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

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This is how LaCie describe the 5big Office + :

Total protection for your data. Easy collaboration for your business. Solid investment for your company. The LaCie 5big Office+ brings professional backup to your small office in record time. It features the industry-trusted Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and a powerful 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel® 64-bit Atom™ processor. It provides full data protection, superior data sharing for your office and offsite partners, easy integration, and low maintenance.

Here are the specs:

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Cost wise, the 2 TB version will cost $749.00, and the 10 TB version is a whopping $1,499.00.

Are you going to buy one?

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LaCie announced today an update to it’s 5big server range in the form of the 5big Officer Server running Windows Home Server 2011 – yes, WHS 2011!

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This is how LaCie describe the 5big Office:

Total protection for your data. Easy collaboration for your business. Solid investment for your company. The LaCie 5big Office brings professional backup to your small office in record time. It features the industry-trusted Windows Home Server 2011 and a powerful 1.6GHz Intel® 64-bit Atom™ processor. It provides full data protection, superior data sharing for your office and offsite parters, easy integration, and low maintenance.

Here are the specs:

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And the cost? Well its $599.00 for a 2TB version. While that’s not a bad price, given it’s only a 1.6GHz Atom processor, and the current cost of a WHS 2011 licence is peanuts, I can imagine there may not be a line of people waiting to buy one.

That said however, this is the first OEM to actually really a WHS 2011 box, and also the first company to release a box in the US (we seem to have quite a few companies in the UK releasing though).

Are you going to buy the LaCie 5big Office server?

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DVBLogic have just updated their Android Client for DVBLink Connect! Server, taking it to version 1.1.1.

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Watch Live TV, browse EPG, view program details, manage timer recordings from your Android mobile phone or tablet.

What’s in this version

  1. v1.1.1
  2. Added EPG search functionality

This app requires DVBLink Connect! Server installation on the server computer.

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We have been speaking to Tranquil about their forthcoming Riley servers and have some information to share.

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What is the Riley Server?

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The Riley Server is a new concept in Home and Small Business Server products.  Named after a recently deceased influential engineer, well known to Tranquil PC, whose goals were to design and manufacture products with excellence at their core, and maximise benefits to the user.  It’s with great honour that our new servers carry his name.

With the now fully functional high precision, high speed CNC milling facilities within our factory in Manchester, the dream of creating exceptionally beautiful devices, from single billets of aluminium is a reality.  The strap line ‘be seen, not heard’ has never been so appropriate.

Both the processor and storage units are completely fan less, and even the storage unit with four 3.5″ HDDs is almost silent!  Designed to go anywhere the Riley units are especially suited for living space or small office spaces.  They are beautiful and silent

Riley is designed as a component based unit – you choose the processor type you want for the application, and then you choose the additional mass storage unit(s) to deliver the capacity you need.

Below we have listed a few FAQs, which you may find interesting and helpful:

How quiet is the processor and the storage box?

The processor unit provides 2x 2.5″ HDD bays – SSHDDs would render the unit entirely silent, if fitted with 2.5″ HDDs the unit is all but silent, approx. 4dBA – you would have to put your ear to the case to ‘feel’ the noise.

The storage unit is a thick aluminium cabinet, and the four 3.5″ hard disks are buried deep within it.  This ensures that not only do the disks run cool, even under prolonged data transfers, but they are almost silent too.  In a very quiet room you may hear the HDDs within 1M – the actual sound is approx. 6dBA.

What is the size of these units?

The processor unit measures: 395(w) x 225 (d) x 50(h) mm

The storage unit measures: 395(w) x 225 (d) x 35(h) mm

(The heights do not include the feet, please add 5mm)

Why 2x HDDs in the processor?

The decision to provide 2x HDD bays in the processor is to ensure that the overall system OS, applications and data are near bullet proof.

It is recommended that the 1st HDD in the processor is used to host the OS – and therefore should be > 80GB.  The 2nd HDD should be used as the WHS2011 or Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials ‘backup’ drive – protecting the whole of the 1st drive.

System recovery, from physical HDD failure or OS / application error, how?

Using the above twin HDD policy in the processor, both the physical drives and the OS / applications are protected.  In the event of 1st HDD physical failure, the drive can be replaced and the system recovered to the latest backup, from the backup HDD.  If there is a critical OS or application problem (i.e. system refuses to start, or a service is failing), the processor can be restored back to a previous known working state.  Recovery tools and the recovery DVD is provided with the Riley Server.

Why the modular approach?

This is a very good question.  Offering multiple processor platforms, from Intel dual core Atom to Intel 2nd Generation Core processors (i3 and i5) means that the chassis design is marginally different.  Also the modular approach also ensures that the main storage devices are thermally isolated from the CPU in the processor unit.

Can I add my own HDDs?

Yes.  We don’t feel it’s right to only bundle HDDs with our servers..  The choice to fit your own HDDs in the processor unit and the storage unit ensures that you can build the Riley Server to your own requirements.  Both the processor and the storage units support 5400 and 7200RPM HDDs.  We also recommend low energy, low noise HDDs to further enhance your server.  We do not recommend 10K or 15K RPM drives.

How fast is the data transfer from the processor to the storage unit?

Very fast. In tests the transfer speeds between the processor unit and the storage unit are – 136MB/s read and 92MB/s write.  A typical GBE LAN connection on a network provides a maximum of  100MB/s data throughput (1000/8 less overhead), often much less.  In summary the Riley Server delivers exceptional data throughout, in the real world.

How does the processor connect to the storage unit?

Via a single eSATA cable

How is the data protected?

The storage units come pre-set to RAID-5, this gives maximum storage capacity along with data protection.  To ensure optimal capacity and protection, you must fit all HDDs in the unit, before initial power-up.  It is possible to change the RAID mode 0,1,5,10 via the switch on the rear of the unit, but this must be done prior to fitting the HDDs.  Once the RAID mode is set and the array is built, it is not possible to add additional drives, without re-setting and re-building the RAID array

Can I add more than one storage unit?
Yes.  Depending on the processor unit purchased, you can add one or more expansion units.  If you choose to add additional units, you can then use the software storage manager to combine the expansion units into a single shared pool, or you can use the additional capacity for new shares.

Where should the units be located?

Unlike almost all other storage units, that may be ‘cube like’ with fans fitted, and flashing lights on the front, the Riley Server units are low profile, minimalist units – they are near silent – have no distracting flashing lights on the front – are beautiful, even compared to very high end HiFi appliances.  They will not look out of place anywhere in the home / small office.

However, as they do generate heat, and as such they should be located in free flowing air space and not locked away in small, sealed cabinets.

3 years is a long warranty – why?

Due to the precision nature of the design and thermal properties, the Riley Servers are supplied with a 3 year RTB warranty.  The units must be registered within 28 days of delivery to gain this 3 year warranty – otherwise the warranty reverts to the standard 12 months.  Please note that internal batteries and external power supplies only carry a 12 month warranty.

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