As part of the feature set of Windows Home Server 2011, as well as the remaining products in the Colorado family of operating systems, you have the ability to backup the server operating system, client backups, and shares. That can add up to an overwhelming amount of data in some cases, and can be quite unwieldy for the only native backup method of using Direct Attached Storage (DAS) drives.
In my situation, which I admit is not typical, I have the luxury of backing up my shares to another server using SyncBack. For me, the amount of data that I need to backup to a DAS drive is minimized to the operating system itself and the client backups. With a backup of those two items, I can, in the event of a catastrophic failure of the operating system, easily restore the OS from this backup. While a backup of the client backups may not be as critical (at least to me), I do save some final client backups of systems where I have performed an OS upgrade. A backup of the client backup share also allows me to easily restore this particular share, if needed.
So, what does this have to do with the Icy Dock MB981U3S-1S Docking Station. For me, everything. I have networked drives; I have secondary servers; I have minimal DAS devices. Especially ones such as the MB981U3S-1S.
What is so special about the MB981U3S-1S? Read on and find out.