Recently the manufacturing trend in mainstream network storage has been to eschew using Microsoft's Windows Home Server packages, which is basically a low-powered PC, and coming up with their own proprietary machines. Seagate's? Basically just a hard drive.
If you are looking for a network storage solution that you can access remotely, the MyDitto could be one of the simplest and surprisingly cost effective solutions out there.
Iomega's Ix2-200 NAS shows that you don't need to run Microsoft's Windows Home Server to take care of everything a home, or even a small business, needs for its network storage. It's just surprising that it's this cheap.
WD's new NAS drives, the My Book World Edition II, packs either 2 or 4TB of storage in a dual-drive RAID array. It seems like a pretty solid system for those dangerously paranoid about the safety of their data.
The Gadget: HP's LX195, their stripped-to-the-core (but Apple Time Machine capable) implementation of the Windows Home Server, which comes with a 640GB internal drive, but can only be expanded via the four USB ports in the back.
I can't think of another product category less served by the ol' "world's smallest" tag that gadget-makers continuously foam over than network storage drives. But, of course, here we have the "world's smallest" NAS.
The Gadget: Linksys' Media Hub seems like a server, since it backs up data, gathers your media files automatically, and streams media over IP, but it's more like a super functional NAS drive with RAID support.
Iomega's Home Media Network Hard Drive comes in 500GB and 1TB packages for $160/$230 repsectively—a good look, especially when considering the drive's AFP/SMB support, UPnP/iTunes servers and Gigabit Ethernet.
The Gadget: An updated version of Datto's previous backup system, which still has the offsite network backup, but adds Gigabit Ethernet, RAID and ZFS (among a few other things). It's targeted towards home businesses, professionals and small offices where they need a convenient internet backup service that's automated…
Though it sounds more like a droid-designation than a useful product, the N4B1 from LG is a combined network HDD bay and Blu-ray disc recorder: Much better than pairing a BDR-recorder with a VHS drive. It's got space for up to four HDDs inside (supporting up to 4TB total capacity) and three USB ports and an extra…
The Gadget: Newertech's miniStack NAS, which lets up to 20 people access 750GB of data over a 10/100 Ethernet connection.
With the Mac Mini-styled exterior, the miniStack NAS from Newertech lets you share up to 750GB of your junk over the network with other computers. It's got a USB 2.0 port, a 10/100 Ethernet port and the ability to service up to 20 simultaneous PC or Mac users. All this for a low price of $79 for an empty add-your-own…