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Promise releases fuss-free NAS server

Promise releases the SmartStor ZERO NAS server that's designed to offer great ease of use and the DLNA-based media upload functionality.

The SmartStor ZERO NAS server from Promise. Promise

LAS VEGAS--Network-attached storage servers have always been among the harder products to install and use. Most of them require at least some know-how of computers and networking setup. This might change, however, with what Promise has to offer.

The company released at CES the new SmartStor ZERO NS2600, which it claims is the first no-muss, no-fuss NAS server. According to Promise, all you need to do is plug the server in, power it on, and install the included software and the rest is taken care of. The software will map an open network share, allowing instant access for data backup and DLNA media sharing via digital media players, or other sources, for you.

Other than that, this is a two-bay NAS server that comes with either one or two hard drives included; it offers up to 4TB of storage. It's one of the first routers that support Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) upload functionality. This means, apart from streaming media stored on the server, you can also upload media directly from your devices, including mobile ones, to the NAS to share it with others.

The SmartStor ZERO supports Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later. It will be available in the first quarter of the year with prices starting at $279.