Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:45

LaCie CloudBox: 'family cloud' storage

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There's growing interest in networked storage that is easily accessible from outside the home or office. LaCie's entry into this market is the CloudBox.

Aimed at the home market, the LaCie CloudBox is more attractively styled than many similar devices.

Installation is about as easy as it gets: according to company officials, you just plug it into the mains and a router, and that's it.

CloudBox shows up on Windows and OS X systems along with other connected devices, and it includes UPnP for sharing content with devices such as Xbox 360 and smart TVs.

A simple system of folders provides access control: shared files go into the Family folder; private files go into users' Private folders.

Remote access to files is available via the Wuala app for computers and mobile devices, or by sending secure download links to recipients.

CloudBox can also be used to back up computers through Time Machine (OS X) or the LaCie Backup Assistant.

CloudBox is available in 1TB ($179), 2TB ($239) and 3TB ($299) configurations.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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