The D-Link ShareCenter Pulse is the first in a new range of home-centric storage servers.
Networking and peripherals specialist D-Link has announced a new line of home storage systems, dubbed ShareCenter, starting with the ShareCenter Pulse.
The ShareCenter Pulse, or DNS-320 to give it its full name, was announced by the company this morning and aims to give it a foothold in the rapidly growing home server market.
Chris Davies, D-Link UK and Ireland's general manager, claimed during the announcement that 'the appetite for digital content today is already staggering and this will only grow as consumer behaviour continues to evolve,
' citing the increasing use of high-resolution digital still and video cameras as just one of the rapidly expanding number of demands on digital storage systems in the home.
Focusing on the ShareCenter range, Davies went on to claim that 'our new ShareCenter products will provide home users with easy-to-manage, plug and play storage capability that will enable them to share and back-up their personal digital content.
The Pulse, as the inaugural ShareCenter system, offers the ability to connect two 3.5in SATA hard drives to a home network over a wired connection, but unlike many NAS products includes a strong focus on the specific requirements of home and leisure users. As well as an integrated UPnP media server and iTunes server, the Pulse includes an FTP server which can be configured to be Internet-accessible and a built-in BitTorrent client.
The company also claims that the Pulse is an eco-friendly device, trying to ride the green wave by trumpeting support for hard drive hibernation, the use of a low-power CPU and variable speed fan, and D-Link's own 'Green Ethernet' technology which all help to keep the power draw at a minimum.
The ShareCenter Pulse hits retailers shelves today priced at £89.99.
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