by Jacqueline Emigh
To help spare consumers and small businesses from the headaches of doing backup and restore with network-attached storage (NAS) devices, a start-up named Rebit this week rolled out software known as NetSmart.
Rebit’s software constitutes the first fully automatic solution for backup and recovery with direct-attached NAS drives, and it’s easy enough for almost anyone to use, said Wayne George, Rebit’s channel sales manager, during a demo at Pepcom’s Digital Experience press event in New York City.
The software automatically maintains a back-up copy of your entire system – including the operating system (OS) as well as applications, music, photos, and data files, for example – without requiring you to deal with settings or schedules. “It just works,” according to George.
In the event of an accidental file deletion, a system crash, or some other disaster, the user can quickly and easily recover specific files or folders, or even restore the whole system to a point in time, he contended.
Rebit is now about six years old, but the Longmont, Colorado-based start-up just began selling company-branded storage software about a year ago, said George. As an OEM, Rebit produces software for major storage vendors such as Seagate and Maxell. Seagate, for example, bundles software dubbed “Rebit” with its Replica portable storage devices.
Maxell’s Genpro hard disk drive (HDD) line-up is also powered by Rebit’s software.
Rebit previously introduced a company-branded software product called SaveMe, which backs data up to the PC’s C drive. In contrast, Rebits’ new NetSmart creates and uses a separate partition for backup, he said.
Both products use internally developed “SmartSave Personalization Technology” for delivering backup and recovery while also offering extra storage space for personal files. In addition, SmartSave automatically “grows and shrinks” the amount of historical data kept on hand, according to George.
SaveMe and NetSmart are both downloadable from Rebit’s Web site. NetSmart starts at $49 for a single-user edition and ranges upward in price to $189. If needed. tech support is available by phone and e-mail, as well as through a knowledge base.