Network-attached storage Stories March 9, 2016

expiredNETGEAR routers, modems & storage up to 60% off from $30: 2-bay NAS + 4TB storage $320 (Reg. $400), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 60% off a selection of Wi-Fi routers, modems, NAS drives, security cams and more. There are a number of notable deals from Netgear and more starting from $29.99. Everything in the sale ships free for Prime members or in orders over $49.

One standout deal is the NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem (CM600-100NAS) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $30 under the going rate, the lowest Amazon has offered it and $20+ below the next best price from a trusted retailer. It features speeds up to 960 Mbps and is “certified for XFINITY from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and more”. Rated 4+ stars from over 150 Amazon customers. You can find out more details on how purchasing your own cable modem can save you money in the long run right here.

More Top Picks from Today’s Sale:

Network-attached storage Stories September 24, 2015

QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay: TS-131 1-Bay $135 (Orig. $215), HS-210 2-Bay Fanless $145 (Orig. $289), more

Woot is back at it again with the QNAP NAS deals. While Synology makes some great and affordable options as well, the well-rated QNAPs tend to come down even lower. Woot has the QNAP TS-131 1-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $129.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $80 under the original listing, between $18 and $31 under the next best prices/Amazon, matching our last mention and the best we can find.

You’ll be able to store all your most important files in the cloud and stream your content on the big screen with DLNA and AirPlay support. This model boasts an ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core at 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM, and USB 3.0 connectivity. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 100 Amazon customers.

The rest of today’s QNAP NAS deals from Woot (shipping costs included) can be found below. All of the models support AirPlay and are at the best prices we can find. The TS-231+ is matching our previous mention and the HS-210 2-Bay Fanless is actually $10 less today:

Network-attached storage Stories August 14, 2015

expiredSynology DiskStation 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $300 shipped (Reg. $350+)

NeweggFlash is offering the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS214play) for $299.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $50 better than Amazon and the best price we can find. For those that have Visa checkout access, use code VCO2015BTS (can only be used once per customer) to drop your total down to $274.99 shipped. Either way, these are the best prices available.

Features:

  • 1080p Full HD Video Transcoding on the Fly.
  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating-Point Unit.
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0. DLNA Ready Media Server.
  • Screwless Drive Bay Design and Hot-swappable Support.
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).

Not only are Synology NAS options among our favorite, this model has a 4.5/5 star rating from over 120 Amazon customers. These NAS don’t come with drives inside, but we highly recommend the WD Red drives that are specifically designed for this kind of high intensity application.

Network-attached storage Stories July 28, 2015

expiredQNAP 2-Bay Cloud Network Attached Storage w/ AirPlay and PLEX support: $219 shipped (Reg. $300+)

Newegg offers the QNAP (TS-251-US) 2-bay Could Network Attached Storage (NAS) for $249. Applying coupon code 0728UWN23 drops the final price down to $219 shipped. That’s a savings of $100 off the original list price, $81 better than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest offering we can find. Amazon users rate this model 4.5/5 stars.

Features:

  • Transcode Full HD videos on-the-fly or offline.Play 1080p videos with 7.1 channel surround sound pass-through via HDMI output
  • AirPlay and PLEX support
  • 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port1 x HDMI2 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 1)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port (Rear: 2)
  • Centralize your file storage, sharing and backup
  • Run a virtual machine and extend the functionality of the NAS with an integrated virtualization solution

Pair this NAS with WD’s Red hard drives for a complete storage solution.

Network-attached storage Stories May 12, 2015

Seagate 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $100 shipped (Reg. $170), more

Update (5/12 3:00pm): Newegg has the QNAP TS-431 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS Diskless System with DLNA for $219.99 shipped (Reg. $288, current low) using code 0512SCHGM46 during checkout.

NeweggFlash is offering a couple notable deals on Seagate NAS solutions today. The Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100) is available for $99.99 shipped. That’s nearly $70 under the average selling price, $20 under Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • PC, Mac and mobile devices in your business to access, collaborate and share files
  • Backup all your PC and Mac computers to a single, centralized location
  • Up to 100BM/s file transfer performance
  • 1.2GHz ARM processor, with 512MB of RAM

This model ships with a 3 year limited warranty and a 4.2/5 star rating from over 60 Amazon customers.

If you need more storage than the max 10TB the above model offers, NeweggFlash also has the Seagate NAS 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage Drive (STCU100) for $199.99 shipped (matched at B&H). That’s the best price we can find and within $20 of the lowest we’ve seen, which was a one day sale.

WD’s Red drives are among our favorite options and are specifically designed for internal NAS use. You can pickup a 3TB model for $108 shipped right now on Newegg using code EMCASAV23 in the cart (Reg. $120, current low) or grab the 5TB for $179.99 shipped (Reg. $220+, $10 under previous mention).

Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100):

Seagate NAS 2-bay is a full-featured network storage solution offering the easiest setup and the industry’s most intuitive interface. The NAS 2-bay features hardware, software and Seagate drives designed to work together seamlessly, which reduces your setup time to just a few minutes and delivers reliable performance for years to come. In addition, Seagate runs hours of extensive tests on every NAS 2-bay before it leaves our manufacturing facility, to further ensure the system is running at its best.

The NAS 2-bay runs Seagate NAS OS 4 software, completely designed from the ground up to deliver ease of use, performance, reliability and a flexible platform for running add-on apps, enabling you to do more with your NAS. With theApp Manager in NAS OS 4, you can choose to install apps that enhance the functionality of the NAS, such as our surveillance app that turns the NAS into are cording solution for IP cameras or our anti-virus app that can scan files and identify potential threats before it’s too late.

Drives are the core of any high-capacity storage solution and Seagate delivers a specialized drive specifically for NAS systems. Seagate NAS HDD drives, included with the NAS 2-bay, are engineered to run 24×7 to deliver the performance needed by various business applications. NAS HDD drives are rated for higher reliability than a standard desktop drive, offering more protection for your business’s critical files. System Requirements: Local area network (LAN), Latest version of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, wired router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9, Internet connection (for system updates and Web access), latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

Network-attached storage Stories April 29, 2015

expiredGet into Network Attached Storage today with these deals on QNAP and WD Red products

Update (4/29 1:30pm): Newegg also has the QNAP (TS-212P-US) Two-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $89.99 shipped. This storage system typically goes for $115 or more at retailers such as Amazon.

Whether you have a large library of media or simply are in need of a backup solution, Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a quality route to take to ensure your data is safe. Online cloud services certainly have benefits but ultimately the peace of mind that comes with storing data locally is often the best path to take. This allows users to access data whenever needed, some systems are even designed specifically for media playback on Apple TV or other streaming media players. Today, we have selected two deals at Newegg on a NAS system and hard drive to help get you started on safely backing up your data.

First up is the QNAP (TS-431) 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS Diskless System with DLNA and PLEX support for $289.99. Applying coupon code 0428DYUGD21 at checkout drops the price down to $219.99 shipped. That is $70 better than Amazon’s listing and the best current price.

The QNAP TS-431 gives you four bays for storage allowing users to create custom partitions based on backup and other needs. With built-in PLEX and offline on-the-fly transcoding, you’ll be able to stream music and movies to multiple devices at once. It also has three USB 3.0 and two LAN ports for flexible connectivity. QNAP includes a one-year warranty with purchase. Amazon users agree that this is a solid choice, rating it 4.3/5 stars.

Of course, if price isn’t an issue we highly recommend checking out the line of NAS products from Synology. In addition to many of its products garnering 4.5+/5 ratings on Amazon, these DiskStations are often noted for a dependable design that is easy to setup.

You’ll want to pair the QNAP with 3.5-inch hard drives that are designed for NAS storage. Newegg is currently offering the WD Red 4TB 3.5-inch internal hard drive for $160.99, but coupon code ESCARNX24 drops the final price down to $149.99 shipped, which is the best current offering.

These drives are specifically designed for NAS storage and include a three-year warranty. With a 4.5/5 rating from over 2,000 Amazon customers, this drive is the perfect companion to a new NAS setup.

Network-attached storage Stories March 19, 2015

expiredSeagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $100 shipped (Reg. $170)

Update (3/19 5:00pm): Newegg is offering the 3TB WD Red internal NAS drive for $109.99 shipped right now (Reg. $120+, current lowest price we can find).

NeweggFlash is offering the Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $70 under the average selling price, $37 under Amazon and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • PC, Mac and mobile devices in your business to access, collaborate and share files
  • Backup all your PC and Mac computers to a single, centralized location
  • Up to 100BM/s file transfer performance
  • 1.2GHz ARM processor, with 512MB of RAM

This model ships with a 3 year limited warranty and a 4.2/5 star rating from over 50 Amazon customers. WD’s Red drives are our favorite option and are specifically designed for internal NAS use.

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Seagate NAS 2-bay is a full-featured network storage solution offering the easiest setup and the industry’s most intuitive interface. The NAS 2-bay features hardware, software and Seagate drives designed to work together seamlessly, which reduces your setup time to just a few minutes and delivers reliable performance for years to come. In addition, Seagate runs hours of extensive tests on every NAS 2-bay before it leaves our manufacturing facility, to further ensure the system is running at its best.

The NAS 2-bay runs Seagate NAS OS 4 software, completely designed from the ground up to deliver ease of use, performance, reliability and a flexible platform for running add-on apps, enabling you to do more with your NAS. With theApp Manager in NAS OS 4, you can choose to install apps that enhance the functionality of the NAS, such as our surveillance app that turns the NAS into are cording solution for IP cameras or our anti-virus app that can scan files and identify potential threats before it’s too late.

Drives are the core of any high-capacity storage solution and Seagate delivers a specialized drive specifically for NAS systems. Seagate NAS HDD drives, included with the NAS 2-bay, are engineered to run 24×7 to deliver the performance needed by various business applications. NAS HDD drives are rated for higher reliability than a standard desktop drive, offering more protection for your business’s critical files. System Requirements: Local area network (LAN), Latest version of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, wired router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9, Internet connection (for system updates and Web access), latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

Network-attached storage Stories January 12, 2015

expiredQNAP 2-Bay 2.41GHz Dual Core Personal Cloud NAS w/ AirPlay and Plex $257 shipped (Reg. $350+)

Newegg has the QNAP TS-251-US 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS for $334.99, but using code JANSAV2 will drop your total down to $256.99 shipped. That’s more than $143 under the original listing, $78 below Amazon (and the average selling price), and the best price we’ve seen it go for.

This model packs an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor with 4 USB ports and HDMI out allowing users to stream stored content directly from the cloud. Along with full media content support, users also have access to DLNA, AirPlay and Plex options.

Powered by the advanced QTS operating system, the TS-251 performs as an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS for data backup, file synchronization, remote access, home entertainment, and is ideal for users to build a personal cloud to access their data easily.

It has received a 4.7/5 star rating from 24 customers on Amazon. You might also want to check out some of the 2-bay options from Synology (which come in at under $200 in some cases) and be sure to look into our favorite NAS drives courtesy of WD’s Red line.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE

Powered by a new 22nm 64-bit dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (upgradable up to 8GB), coupled with the support of dual LAN ports and HDMI connectivity, the NAS is a powerful home NAS with supreme value and great performance to deliver up to 220MB/s read & write speeds. The NAS can also automatically increase the processor’s clock rate from 2.41GHz to 2.58GHz when needed for CPU-intensive tasks. The NAS’s fast encryption and decryption performance provides transfer speeds of up to 68MB/s with AES-256 bit volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive personal data stored in the NAS. When installed with the latest dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi network card, the NAS can offer remarkably high speeds for transferring large amount of files and streaming bandwidth-consuming multimedia.

QTS – SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT

Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, system operations of the NAS are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater operating efficiency.

EASILY BUILD YOUR PERSONAL CLOUD AND ACCESS ANYWHERE

QNAP’s myQNAPcloud provides an always-connected infrastructure for business and home users to build their private or personal cloud with ease. Through any web browser or the free mobile app the NAS becomes your personal cloud so you are always connected to your data. Take advantage of the myQNAPcloud service, which allows you to remotely access your NAS wherever you are. Instantly stream or share your multimedia contents and share them with your friends.

REAL-TIME & OFFLINE HD VIDEO TRANSCODING

The NAS delivers superior real-time Full HD video transcoding to convert your videos to formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. It allows for up to 5 devices to simultaneously view different videos stored on the NAS with on-the-fly hardware accelerated transcoding. The NAS allows you to enjoy instant videos on multiple devices – even those that lack computing power or have limited file format support – without the need for complicated and time-consuming file conversion.

With the benefit of offline transcoding, if you can only connect to an Internet connection with limited/restricted bandwidth, you can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile app for iOS & Android without affecting the NAS’s performance running other applications. This also allows more people to play videos via streaming. The NAS also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.

Network-attached storage Stories January 8, 2015

expiredThree-pack Western Digital 3TB 3.5-inch Red NAS hard drives: $300 shipped (orig. $600)

Today only, as its Shell Shocker deal, Newegg is offering a 3-pack of Western Digital Red 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache NAS Hard Drives (WD30EFRX) for $299.99 shipped. These drives were originally listed at $200 each, currently go for $114 on Amazon individually, and combined, are about $15 under our previous lowest mention on a single 3TB model.

Specifically designed for use inside Network Attached Storage devices like those from Synology, QNAP and others, WD’s Red drives feature:

  • Capacity: 3 TB
  • Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower
  • Microsoft operating systems prior to Vista, 32-bit operating systems, and Mac systems prior to OSX 10.4 may not support volumes greater than 2TB. To recognize the full capacity of this drive, you may need multiple partitions. Check with the manufacturer to verify your system’s compatibility.
  • Interface: SATA3
  • Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gb/s Buffer to Host (max); 145 MB/s Host to/from drive (typical)
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
  • Read/Write: 4.4 Watts
  • Standby: 0.6 Watt

They have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,800 Amazon customers.

More from WD:

WD Red NAS Storage NAS Hard Drive

The next generation of hard drives for home or small office network attached storage systems.

Next-generation experience Every component, line of code, and product decision was built on our passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. The next generation of WD Red hard drives delivers on this promise with massive capacity and NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Experienced in NAS With superior technology that is driven to impress, WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list that is available on the market.* That means when you buy a NAS enclosure, you can trust that WD Red will be the most compatible drive available. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers.

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Network-attached storage Stories December 18, 2014

expiredNAS: QNAP TS-212 2-bay diskless $90 (orig. $150), BUFFALO LinkStation 4-bay diskless $129 (Reg. $249)

Newegg offers the QNAP 2-Bay Diskless System Network Attached Storage (TS-212-E) for $109.99, but using code 24HRS2SAVE5 brings the total down to $89.99 shipped. That’s $60 under the original listing, the best price we can find by around $20 and matching the all-time low from Black Friday.

Features:

  • 2 Bay Home & SOHO NAS
  • Multi-window, multi-tasking GUI
  • Data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery
  • Rich multimedia applications for entertainment
  • Dropbox like file synchronization
  • 2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
  • 2 year warranty

This particular model has received 4 out of 5 eggs on Newegg and very similar models have received 4+ star ratings among Amazon customers.

If you’re looking for something with more internal bays, Newegg also has the BUFFALO Diskless System LinkStation Pro Quad Network Storage (LS-QVLE) for $129 shipped (Reg. $249) using code 24HRS2SAVE7 during checkout. While we have seen this model go for about $20 less, this is the lowest current price we can find. Reviews aren’t easy to come by, but 6 Newegg customers rate it 4 out of 5 eggs.

As usual, we recommend WD’s Red internal drives for NAS solutions, as they tend to offer great performance for the money starting at $67 or less.

More from QNAP:

Introducing the QNAP TS-212 NAS server for home use, an easy to use networked storage center for the ultimate digital home entertainment experience. QNAP Turbo NAS servers are a new approach for sharing digital photos, music, and movies/videos, and keeping home computers backed up. You can easily view photos, listen to music, and even watch Full HD 1080p movies on a widescreen TV or projector streamed from the NAS over the network through PS3, Xbox 360, or other network media players.

You can share multimedia content with family and friends wherever they are on the Internet by web browsers. iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and Android users can browse shared photos or listen to their music collections anywhere with 3G or Wi-Fi connection by streaming content directly to the device no sync required. QNAP NAS brings to life the ultimate in digital home theater enjoyment.

Network-attached storage Stories June 25, 2014

Synology DiskStation 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS412+): $567 shipped (orig. $735)

Update: Newegg is now offering the below Synology DS412+ for $539.99 shipped using code AFSUMRLNG3 in the cart.

Amazon has the Synology 4-Bay DS412+ DiskStation (Diskless) Network Attached Storage for $566.62 shipped. That’s $168 under the original price, $35 under the average selling price and the lowest we can find.

Synology’s NAS solutions can be a great way to organize your shared assets/videos/photos/other files at home or for a small business. The DS412+ has a Dual Core 2.13 GHz CPU, 4 drive bays that support up to 16TB of storage, and an intuitive UI for managing files. You can find out more about the UI in our complete run-down and more about Synology’s hardware in general here.

This NAS has received a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 200 Amazon customers.WD’s Red internal drives are specifically designed for NAS situations and can be a great option for a Synology Diskstation

Network-attached storage Stories June 18, 2014

expiredNETGEAR ReadyNAS 102: 2-Bay NAS w/ iTunes & Plex support $109 shipped (Reg. $230)

Amazon offers the ReadyNAS 102: 2-Bay Network Attached Storage for $109 with free shipping. That’s a savings of 53% off list and the lowest price we have ever seen by $10. With support for up to 8TB (hot swappable), this NAS can be the hub of your digital life. It is DLNA certified and supports media streams from iTunes and Plex. Use the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal to access your data from nearly anywhere. Supports RAID 0, 1, and XRAID disk failure protection.

We recommend packing this NAS with Western Digital Red drives to achieve maximum performance. Amazon also has larger NETGEAR NAS systems on sale in case your storage needs exceed this 2-bay unit.

Network-attached storage Stories June 13, 2014

expiredWestern Digital Red 3TB NAS optimized 3.5-inch hard drive $105 shipped (Reg. $140)

B&H is offering the 3TB Western Digital Red 3.5-inch NAS internal hard drive for $104.99 shipped today (add item to your cart to see the discount). That’s $95 off the original price, $20 off Amazon’s current price, and the lowest we’ve seen the 3TB model go for by $10.

This drive is designed for optimal performance in 24/7 NAS environments. Along with enhanced NAS performance you also benefit from enhanced energy efficiency greatly reducing the cost involved in running a variety of NAS solutions.

The WD Red NAS drives come with a limited 3 year manufacturer warranty and have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,100 Amazon customers. We also spotted a nice price on the 4.3/5 star rated 2-Bay Synology DiskStation Network Attached Storage (DS213j) for $192.52 shipped (Reg. $230).

Network-attached storage Stories May 29, 2014

Amazon has the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS214+) for $299.99 shipped. That’s well over $140 off the original price, about $70 off the regular selling price, $59 off the next best trusted retailers and the lowest we’ve seen this particular model go for.

Synology’s NAS solutions are an excellent way to centralize your back ups and shared assets/files in a small business or home scenario. The DS214+ features “SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Support,” Dual-Core 1.33GHz Processor, up to 8TB storage capacity and an excellent UI for managing your files known as the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM). The latest version of DSM (5.0) is available for this unit via update. You can find out more about the impressive interface in our complete run-down on 9to5Mac and more about Synology’s hardware in general in our quick review.

Amazon reviewers give this unit a 4.5/5 star rating.

Amazon is also now offering the 4.8/5 star rated Synology 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS414) DiskStation for $449 shipped , which is $50 under the regular price and the lowest we can find.

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Network-attached storage Stories March 31, 2014

While it’s always a good idea to back up those important files you have polluting your once perfectly tidy desktop, there’s no better way to celebrate World Backup Day 2014 than with a fresh copy of all your most cherished content to your favorite storage medium.

According to WorldBackupDay.com, 30% of people have never backed up their files before, so we’re here to give you a break down of some solid storage options. Most people take a three tiered approach to back ups with local storage or NAS, external hard drives and online cloud backups just to be safe. While both Dropbox and Google Drive are great options that offer free storage, you can always find out which online cloud option suits you best with 9to5Mac’s “Online backup services: why, how & which?” guide. Apple’s Time Capsule is a nice secondary possibility and we’ve rounded-up some current discounts on Network Attached Storage bays as well as some dependable portable drives you can check out below:

External Drives:

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $70 (Reg. $120) WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $59 (Reg. $85) WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $99 (Reg. $150) Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop HD (Black): $80 (Reg. $115) Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $65 (Reg. $100)

NAS:

Synology DiskStation 5-Bay Diskless NAS (DS1513+): $779 (Reg. $900) Synology America DiskStation 8-Bay Diskless NAS (DS1813+): $1000 (Reg. $1200) More NAS options

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