In the world of computing (and nerd-dom in general), there is an air of elitism and taking pride in the fact that you know more than the average person when it comes to technology. The downside of this is that some aspects of computing remain needlessly complex and daunting to average users. Apple computers knew this well and capitalized on the fact that a lot of people would appreciate a computer system that is very straightforward and simple to use. With the internet and connectivity being an important part of our lives today, it is only inevitable and important that users become familiar with how to setup and manage their own home networks.
While everyone is familiar with what a router or a modem does, there is still a voice of apprehension regarding the use of Network Attached Storage at home. This isn’t exactly surprising, as very few entry level and SOHO marketed NAS devices are actually simple enough to setup. It introduces a whole new glossary that average users may have heard only when the topic of NAS is brought up. Words like RAID, JBOD, Parity, Array, NTFS, EXT3, etc. These are all important terms to know when dealing with multiple networked storage devices and, in order for the average user to manage their own NAS box, the device must be smart enough to do most of the heavy lifting and setup automatically for the user. Patriot Memory announced during CES 2011, earlier this year, that they have something new that will fit the bill.
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