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Transporter: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, March 8, 2013

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud storage appliance under your physical control (see article below), an iPhone app for web site monitoring, software for managing and migrating PST files to Exchange and Office 365, and an iPhone calendar app. Don't miss the next issue.


Lawyers fall into two camps — those who don't trust cloud storage and don't use it, and those who don't trust it but use it anyway because of the convenience. Once upon a time, even solo practices had file servers, which can provide secure cloud storage. But file servers have fallen out of favor among many law firms seeking a simpler and less expensive solution that doesn't require technical knowledge or the help of a consultant.

Transporter … in One Sentence

Launched this month, Connected Data's Transporter is an Internet appliance that enables you to create your own private cloud storage.

The Killer Feature

Transporter is a cone-shaped device that plugs into your network. It contains a 2.5 inch hard drive up to 2 TB. You can access anything you store on the Transporter over your local network or remotely over the Internet.

On a PC or Mac, you can access one or more Transporters after you install the free software and create a password-protected account. Because the documents remain on your computer you don't experience any lag when using them. Any changes you make get replicated to the Transporter and other computers to which it syncs. The company is working on an iOS app for access from iPads and iPhones. All transmissions to and from Transporters are encrypted.

Other Notable Features

In addition to sharing with yourself among your various devices, you can use Transporter as a file server with your colleagues and also share select files with clients and others. If you buy two Transporters, you can use them for offsite backups. For example, the Transporter in your office would replicate all documents to the Transporter in your home.

Transporter contains a ring of lights around its side. You can turn them off but they don't exist to set a mood like some sort of digital lava lamp. Instead, they provide visual information. For example, the light turns from blue to yellow if you're running low on disk space and to red when the disk becomes full.

What Else Should You Know?

Pricing for Transporter starts at $199 just for the device. If you go this route, you'll need to purchase and install your own hard drive. Alternatively, Connected Data sells a 1 TB and 2 TB Transporter for $299 and $399 respectively. There's no ongoing cost after the initial purchase. Learn more about Transporter.

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Online/Cloud | Privacy/Security | TL NewsWire
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