Long-time readers of my blog know of my love for Drobo, but the time has come to say goodbye. My old Drobos (and Iomega ix-4) are showing their age and I decided to go in a different direction: I'm building a FreeNAS server. In this article I'll talk about my thinking behind this move; later posts will talk in more detail about the hardware and software setup. Bulk Home … [Read more...] about Hello FreeNAS! Goodbye Drobo and Iomega…
Do you use an "iTunes compatible" device like an Iomega ix4 or Drobo FS or Roku SoundBridge? Have you noticed that it no longer works since you updated to iTunes 10? That's because Apple made a simple change to their Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) that causes third-party devices to fail to connect correctly. Although software patches are already appearing, there is no … [Read more...] about iTunes 10 Breaks Non-Apple Streaming (Again)
Iomega has been a staple of the desktop computing environment for decades, but the company's products have never been quite at home in even small corporate data centers. That changes today with the introduction of the iSCSI StorCenter Pro ix4-200r. As of now, EMC's SOHO storage subsidiary is a serious challenger in the small business and entry-level VMware ESX storage market. … [Read more...] about Iomega Grows Up and Moves Out of the House
I've been waiting on a Mac Mini to replace my sluggish and crash-prone Firefly/NSLU2 home music and file server, and Apple finally delivered the goods today, after leaving us in the lurch at Macworld 2009! I've placed my order for a base-model Mac Mini, and look forward to using Apple's iPhone Remote with the Airport Express AirTunes as my primary home music playing … [Read more...] about The New Mac Mini is Finally Here!
This is part of an ongoing series of longer articles I will be posting every Sunday as part of an experiment in offering more in-depth content. Along with my professional focus on enterprise storage systems, I'm enamored of home networking, and recently passed the three terabyte mark at home! This got me thinking about where home storage is heading. As you can see in the … [Read more...] about The Future of Home Storage