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With the boom in recent times of the use of iPad / Tablets instead of that big ugly beige box sitting in the corner. I ask, where does all the data live? Where are all those family photos stored?

You often get some cloud storage when you buy and iPad or Google Chromebook but this is usually limited to a few gigabytes at best, unless of course you want to pay for more. While this may well be the best option for you to keep those important documents and photo’s safe, we may have another option for you.

How about a NAS (Network Attached Storage) box - for example Netgear ReadyNAS 200 pictured above?

The NAS box plugs in to your router or network switch allowing you access to the functions.

It has two drive bays which can have RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive / Independent Disks) setup which will make a copy of any data sent to it on both drives so if a drive fails you just swap it out and it re-syncs.

Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for faster data read/write speeds

Your own personal Cloud storage with ReadyCLOUD. As long as you are connected to the internet you can access your files from anywhere in the world.

You can attach a printer for easy printer sharing.

You can stream media from it to your smart TV or iPad. Many newer TV’s are capable of streaming video, music, in fact most forms of media you desire to throw at it. You can watch those holiday videos the way they are meant to be seen, on the big screen.

Save your iTunes library to the ReadyNAS

Don’t overlook the Netgear ReadyNAS200 for business use, you can take advantage of the automated backup facility as this little NAS box supports Time Machine for your iMac or MacBook backup for example.

We have installed these in to several businesses as part of a multi-layer backup solution where a server does its initial backup to the NAS box before duplicating to a removable drive for off-site storage.

For another business which did not want to have the expense of a full blown server we installed two Netgear ReadyNAS 200 in different buildings so the main NAS box is used for storage of data and overnight it automatically backs itself up to the second.

We would always recommend that you take a backup of any NAS box and move it off site. This can be done by plugging an external drive in to the USB port.

I would also use a small UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) just in case of a power outage, this will allow the drive to shutdown properly.

There are many other product available to suit all needs and budgets, this is just one we have used recently and had good feedback from satisfied customers.

"With Wrightway, we know that we don't have to worry about anything."

Brenda Martin - IT Services Manager