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Intel Trots Out New Personal Cloud Platform

The widgets support multiple file transfer protocols and various operating systems

Intel continues to churn out reference platforms for what it calls personal clouds, Atom-based storage used by SMBs to manage the dramatic growth of critical files, e-mail and media and consumers for their music, movies, photos, e-books and videos.

Besides local and remote access, the widgets offer centralized backup and restore, video security, sharing, video playback and streaming, compliance and hardware acceleration.

They're now being built around the Atom D2550 and D2500 and content can be shared anytime across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and Ultrabooks.

The widgets support multiple file transfer protocols and various operating systems. McAfee AV SDK and VirusScan give small businesses protection against data corruption and virus attacks. And businesses with video surveillance systems can now attach up to two monitors to a single platform-based storage device and view up to four camera feeds that feature HD-quality clarity via the HTTP extension.

The devices come with either four drives (RAID 5) or two drives (RAID). The first sells for around $500 and second for maybe $300.

Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus launched solutions on these platforms this week, with other companies launching in the near future. The software ecosystem gets a boost with support from companies such as Mpstor and Dane-Elec that have developed an optimized storage stack for small-business customers.

Intel figures about 2.75 million of the things have sold but estimates growth potential anywhere from 35%-90%. It can use the hard sell: 93% of companies whose data centers go down for 10 days file for bankruptcy within a year.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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