Online computer retailer Newegg has released a new web tool designed to make buying your own NAS drive much easier thanks to its configuration page.
Helpful graphics help the user visualize the type of design they are getting, while displaying all the relevant information as you would expect.
However, there is one caveat, and that is the lack of variety. Consumers will have to make do with the brands and models sold at Newegg, which consists of five enclosure manufacturers and a variety of hard drives and SSDs. However, the range of models on offer is respectable, all at different price points.
Online NAS component
open the configuration tool It starts with a pop-up asking the user to select their ideal total capacity, with options of 144TB, however you can choose to browse all if you’re not sure what capacity you might be able to afford.
NAS enclosures are available to suit a variety of needs, from affordable all-in-one to 16-place options.
With the selected enclosure, suitable hdd And solid state drives become available. As you begin to fill up your online shopping cart, a dynamic illustration guides you as to how much media you may be able to store on your NAS.
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Heavy users, including small and medium businesses, with large drives will be aware of the power demands that have plagued the storage world, resulting in worldwide scrutiny of data centers that has pushed them towards greener energy and better waste energy management initiatives. The configurator pulls data from all selected appliances to calculate a minimum wattage rating, which is displayed prominently next to the total price, to help buyers choose greener solutions.
Regardless of its limitations, Newegg’s NAS build tool provides a solid starting point for those looking to see what they can build before they head out and check additional specs or buy replacement components themselves.
via Ars Technica
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