Toshiba Debuts Canvio Home Backup and Share Appliance

Available in capacities up to 3TB, the Canvio Home enables the availability of content on a contextual basis across multiple devices and locations.

Consumer electronics company Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, introduced the Canvio Home Backup & Share, a network attached storage (NAS) hub for the connected home that brings together islands of content and allows access to digital content.

Available in capacities up to 3TB, the Canvio Home enables the availability of content on a contextual basis across multiple devices, screens and locations.

The Canvio Home gives users the ability to stream media wirelessly all around the home, and the appliance is backed by a three-year limited warranty. Pricing starts at $199.99 for the 2TB model and $259.99 for the 3TB model.

The appliance works with a wide range of operating systems, including Windows PCs, Mac computers, iPhone and iPad mobile devices and Android-based smartphones and tablets, as well as Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-compatible media streaming devices.

"Imagine having access to all your important digital assets—around your home, around the world or through your portable devices, and you’ll know what it’s like with the new Canvio Home, an easier, safer way to back up, share, stream and store your files and multimedia," Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development for branded storage products with Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, said in a statement. "It is so much more than just a box to drop your files in. This is safe, private storage that you can share."

Toshiba’s offering joins competitors such as WD’s (formerly Western Digital) My Cloud, a high-performance, four-bay NAS solution for creative professionals, workgroups and users looking to store large amounts of data.

The appliances arm users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and just a bunch of disks (JBOD) modes for more options to manage data. Customers can also use the EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.

In addition, the WD My Cloud mobile app, available for Apple iOS and Google Android devices, allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.