However, by far the biggest weak??ínesses for the Maxtor Central Axis are in its software. The device relies on both the Web-based interface and the Maxtor software, and it wasn't always clear where tasks had to be completed-some things could only be done in the Web interface, some only in the software and some could be done in both. I basically had to have both open at the same time to properly manage the device. The software also includes the Maxtor backup systems, which seem to be geared primarily towards home and individual use and not business use, as they are mainly focused on backing up folders in a user's Docu??íments & Settings. Typical business type backups, including Outlook backups, are essentially ignored in this system.Fanless devices such as the Maxtor Central Axis have a tendency to run hot, though this device seemed to run especially hot, being almost too hot to touch. Seagate does provide a five-year limited warranty for the device. Despite some of these limitations, the Maxtor Central Axis NAS is still worth a look simply because of its ease of deployment and the simple fact that it provides a terabyte of network storage for $319. For more information on the Maxtor Central Axis go to http://www.maxtor.com/en/hard-drive-backup/external-drives/maxtor-central-axis.html. Chief Technology Analyst Jim Rapoza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, this isn't a huge draw??íback-a person can still use any other backup system they like with this device.