No enterprise or business IT department is complete without a backup solution. But when you go about to find the right solution the choices are many. But do the products deliver what they promise? A successful backup solution can mean the difference between a mere hiccup and a full-blown disaster recovery. Maxtor enters the business-level backup solution market with Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server.


  • Storage: 2 Terabytes
  • Drive speed: 7200 RPM
  • Cache Buffer: 32MB
  • Connection: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Supported operating system: Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or better
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Who’s it for?

The Maxtor Business Edition Central Axis backup solution is perfect for any small to medium sized business needing automated backup of PCs or Macs into one centralized location.

What problem does it solve?

The Central Axis solution solves the often complicated problem of automating the process of backing up important data to a centralized location. The Central Axis takes this process one step further and automates the process of data mirroring within the device so your data is secure.

Standout features

  • Automated data mirroring
  • Off-site data rotation
  • Simple administration via Maxtor Manger or Web
  • Printer sharing (with any USB printer connected to the device)
  • Secure file sharing
  • Easy at-a-glance information about your data
  • Configurable levels of password protection

What’s wrong?

The biggest issue with the Central Axis is that, up front, it claims to be a Network Attached Storage device. This is not as true as the claim would make it seem. If you are looking for a true NAS device, you will find yourself disappointed in the Axis.

The only machines that can see the device are the machines with the proprietary software installed. And even those machines cannot easily add files to the Axis without having to map the machine to the device. This is odd considering the Axis is using Samba to communicate with the machines. With Samba, any machine should be able to connect. So all of those Linux or UNIX servers you have will have no luck backing up to the Central Axis.

Another issue with the device is the set up of the web access is very non-intuitive.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for an outstanding, automated backup solution, but aren’t concerned so much with user-friendly data storage, the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition is perfect for you. With large amounts of storage space, and easy automated backup configurations, this solution is perfect for any small to medium sized business.

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