Rebit Ships New, Automated NAS Backup for Small Businesses

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-19 Print this article Print

The storage hardware and software maker unveils NetSmart, a fully automated package that continuously backs up files on laptops and PCs to a NAS storage device or array -- even as multiple users log in and out of a network.

Rebit, which has created a foothold in the desktop disk backup business by building single-purpose plug-and-play machines that even a computer novice can use, is now expanding into the network-attached storage (NAS) space for small-office and single users.

The Longmont, Colo.-based storage hardware and software maker on May 19 unveiled NetSmart, fully automatic storageware that continuously backs up files on laptops and PCs to a NAS storage device or array as they come into being-even as multiple users log in and out of a network.

NetSmart requires no configuration or preset backup schedule, a Rebit spokeswoman told eWEEK.

In the event of a natural disaster or other data loss, users can recover individual files-including entire folders of files-and restore the complete system to a point in time previous to the disruption, she said.

NetSmart is built on Rebit's original SaveMe storage software, which has been shipping since 2008. Rebit claims that SaveMe-which also includes antivirus protection and a file-compression feature-is the only backup and recovery product that starts copying files automatically as soon as it is installed.

NetSmart can be downloaded-or CDs can be purchased-via the company's Website. Downloadable packages are available for one ($35), three ($95) or six PCs ($185) in a NAS setup.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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