Maxtor Delivers Secure Remote Access to Your Shared Storage From Any Web Browser

(CES), (South Hall, Booth #30659) -- Seagate (NYSE:   STX) today announced at
CES a free software upgrade that provides a secure and easy-to-use remote
access service, empowering people to easily and securely retrieve content
stored on their Maxtor(R) Shared Storage II(TM) network attached drive through
any Internet browser.
    Whether at home or as part of a small business network, people are
recognizing the benefits of networked storage to centralize and protect data
on multiple computers and across platforms. With this latest software upgrade,
those with existing Maxtor Shared Storage II products will now be able to
simply access and share content on their home storage device while keeping
their data safe and secure.
    When on the go, you can easily log into the remote access service from an
Internet browser to securely access and share the files stored on the Maxtor
Shared Storage II device. There are no applications to download or plug-ins
required. The Maxtor Shared Storage II establishes a secure connection to the
service without the need to disable firewalls, which would leave a network
open and unprotected. All that is needed to access the drive from any Web
browser is a username and password.
    With the ever-growing dependence on access to information and digital
content, whether that be multimedia content, spread sheets or business-related
documents, most people will find there are times when they need to access
these files remotely. Retrieving content that is on a network drive when you
are not local to the network has always raised concerns about security.
Previously, remote access applications required a breach in a firewall,
leaving a network and your data open and vulnerable to attack. Available in
late spring, Maxtor's web access and share software upgrade, called Maxtor(R)
Central Axis(TM), will enable a secure way to access content stored on a
Maxtor Shared Storage II device over the Web without breaching network
    "We have entered the age of anywhere access, and people are dependent on
access to information regardless of their location," said BenHur Castro,
senior director of Product Line Management for Maxtor Storage Solutions. "Our
new web access and share software for Maxtor Shared Storage II is the first
step to delivering on the theme of anywhere access by providing a secure and
easy-to-use connection to files on your networked drive."
    The Anywhere Enterprise is a simple concept with a simple mission --
allow corporate users to work anywhere using any device. But it is end users
who are driving this move -- often bypassing the IT department entirely -- by
turning to consumer technologies to blend personal and professional
lifestyles. The 'Anywhere' revolution will be the most significant change
since the integration of the Internet into organizations. It will boost
productivity to new levels, alter the way companies deploy technology and
shift the balance of power in the IT vendor landscape. (Source: Yankee Group
Research, Inc.; Executive Summary, Consumers Define Anywhere Enterprise; March
    "Addressing the need for secure and reliable access to your data from
anywhere at any time is the premise for Maxtor Central Axis products," Castor
continued. "This is an innovative application that can be used for the home
and the small office for sharing digital assets as well as easily accessing
all of your digital media."
    In addition to accessing content over the Web, people can select content
to share and invite friends, family, business associates and colleagues to
securely view selected files and folders. Sharing digital media placed on the
shared storage device is quick and easy. Images can be viewed as thumbnails or
as a slide show from a standard Web browser. There is no need to download the
file to view images. Another added convenience of the new application is that
guests who have been authorized are allowed to upload content for easy file
    This latest offering from Maxtor demonstrates the company's ongoing
commitment to providing the tools people need to back up, access and share
digital assets while in the office, at home or on the road. Maxtor Central
Axis software will be a free software upgrade for anyone that chooses to
enable the remote access capabilities of their Maxtor Shared Storage II drive.
The new application is expected to be available for download from in March as a free download. Visit Maxtor
Solutions now to join the mailing list and get notified once the upgrade is
    About Maxtor Storage Solutions
    Maxtor is one of the world's leading brands of consumer storage
solutions. Maxtor's reputation as a proven market leader was built by
consistently providing high-quality products, services and support for its
customers. Maxtor branded products can be found at
    Maxtor, Maxtor BlackArmor, Maxtor OneTouch, Maxtor DrivePass, Maxtor
SafetyDrill and Maxtor DriveLock are either trademarks or registered
trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the
United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered
trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to
drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one megabyte,
or MB, equals one million bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion
bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different standard of
measurement and report a lower capacity.  In addition, some of the listed
capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be
available for data storage. Quantitative usage examples for various
applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based
on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application
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