Providing network storage as a service may yet become attractive to consumers, but the consumer market isn’t waiting. Netgear is the latest company to introduce a retail network attached storage (NAS) device for home media.

Stora NASConsumers can use Netgear’s new Stora NAS to store photos, music, movies and other digital files and use them on nearly any networked device – not only in the home, but potentially with any other Internet-connected device.

Users and their designated friends and relatives can remotely access their media files from any Internet-connected device, such as laptops, PCs and smartphones, Netgear said.

"We strongly feel that Stora exemplifies the next-generation of consumer storage devices," said Drew Meyer, director of marketing for Netgear’s network storage business unit.

Stora can serve content to other networked devices, such as Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled photo frames, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles, and iPhone and Blackberry mobile phones, the company said.

The Stora comes with a 1 TB disk and an extra drive bay. Users can add a second drive, on the fly, without any tools. Stora also comes with automatic backup utilities for PCs and Macs, so individual system content is backed up regularly.

It has an MSRP in the U.S. of $229 and is immediately available.

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