Toshiba Unveils Canvio Personal Cloud Home NAS Hardware

By Pedro Hernandez

Toshiba added a new model to its line of Canvio external storage units this week. Called Canvio Personal Cloud, the device offers disk-based, NAS-like file sharing over a network, plus secure mobile access via mobile apps.

Essentially an Internet-accessible home NAS device, the unit serves up files to users of its Canvio Link software. Toshiba is offering the software for Windows PCs, Android OS smartphones and tablets, and iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone. Canvio Personal Cloud comes in 2 TB and 3 TB versions.

Connectivity and expansion options boil down to a network port and a USB connection.

Canvio Personal Cloud relies on a liberal definition of the term cloud storage to connect with consumers. Unlike a growing number of NAS systems for enterprises and SMBs that offer native support for cloud storage services, Toshiba's home storage device relies on a direct internet connection to enable remote file access.

Yet despite the lack of a cloud storage infrastructure, the company promises that users will nonetheless have access to their "personal clouds" wherever they roam and will enjoy a rich, multimedia file slinging experience.

"We've designed the Canvio Personal Cloud with the consumer in mind, truly enabling the digital home by using storage to bridge the gap between an array of electronic devices. What's even more impressive is that Canvio Personal Cloud will allow users to access their personal data from anywhere in the world," stated Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development for Toshiba's Branded Storage Products division, in a press statement.

In another consumer-friendly touch, Toshiba promises a simple, three step set-up process. Canvio Personal Cloud supports DLNA devices for media streaming to compatible TVs and home entertainment devices.

Canvio Personal Cloud goes on sale in September for $219.99 for 2 TB of data storage capacity and $249.99 for the 3 TB model.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on August 31, 2012