NAS

Seagate's IronWolf series of drives for network-attached storage systems has gained significant traction in its market segments. One of the primary reasons has been the breadth of offerings - high-capacity HDDs targeting different applications, as well as SATA and NVMe SSDs. In fact, Seagate was one of the first vendors to introduce SSDs targeting the prosumer / SMB / SME NAS markets with the IronWolf SSD 110 series at the 2019 CES. This 2.5" SATA SSD family was complemented by the announcement of the IronWolf 510 NVMe SSD family in Q1 2020. The SSD family, based on the Phison E12DC Enterprise SSD Controller, sported a 1DWPD rating that was not available in other SSDs targeting the prosumer / SMB NAS market. Seagate is continuing their...

Synology Launches DS213 and DS213+ 2-Bay NAS Units

Synology's 2-bay NAS units have consistently performed well in our tests. Today, the latest additions to the 2-bay lineup have been launched in the form of the DS213 and...

9 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2012

Western Digital Red Review: Are NAS-optimized HDDs Worth the Premium?

Western Digital (WD) introduced hard drives specifically targeted towards NAS systems under the Red branding last month. We had some initial coverage at launch time, where WD claimed a...

87 by Ganesh T S on 8/17/2012

Netgear NV+ v2 and LaCie 2big NAS: A Second Look

Last November, we reviewed the Netgear NV+ v2 and came away quite satisfied with the price to performance ratio. However, we had some reservations about the absence of NFS...

8 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2012

WD Introduces Red: NAS Optimized HDD Line

WD did everyone a favor when they reorganized their products under color-coded branding a few years ago. With the Blue (mainstream), Green (quiet and cool) and Black (performance) lines...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/10/2012

LaCie's 2big NAS Review

The SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) / SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) NAS market is a highly competitive one. We have been reviewing a number of ARM-based 2-bay...

15 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2012

Thecus and McAfee Partner for Antivirus Technology in Intel-based NAS Systems

Thecus announced a partnership with McAfee at CeBIT 2012 to bring antivirus technology to their lineup. On April 16th, Thecus announced that that Thecus NAS systems would start shipping...

2 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2012

Thecus TopTower Lineup: High-End Enterprise NAS Systems in a Tower Form Factor

NAS vendors in the high-end enterprise space often reserve the more powerful CPU configurations for their rackmount models. A case in point is QNAP's Xeon based 200TB+ storage rack...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/12/2012

QNAP at CES : SMB Lineup Refresh and a 200TB+ SAS Storage Rack

QNAP is one of the more popular vendors in the SMB NAS space along with Synology. At CES, QNAP had a booth with samples of selected lineup members. The 1...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2012

Synology's DSM 4.0 with CloudStation : A Private Dropbox Solution

The NAS market has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, but the hard drive shortage resulted in a weak Q4 for the NAS industry as...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2012

AppliedMicro's Catalina: Integrated USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Support for NAS Platforms

AppliedMicro (AMCC) announced the availability of the Catalina SoC (APM86491) for low power and cost effective NAS systems today. The previous generation version (APM82181) was the heart of the...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2012

Western Digital My Book Live Duo: RAIDing the My Book Live

We had reviewed the Western Digital My Book Live in detail last October and came away impressed with the functionality and mobile app support in place for the cost...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2012

PogoPlug Series 4 Introduced; USB3.0 Meets The Cloud

PogoPlug has been making appearances in a number of products for a few years now. The premise is simple: take a low-power ARM computer, give it a NAS optimized...

24 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/14/2011

Netgear's Marvell Based ReadyNAS NV+ v2 Review

Netgear's ReadyNAS lineup is well respected in the sub-$5K SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market. In November 2010, Netgear updated their Ultra lineup meant for the high-end prosumer...

39 by Ganesh T S on 11/9/2011

WD My Book Live Network Attached Hard Disk Review

The rise of powerful home networking solutions have led to the shift in consumer focus from DAS (Direct Attached Storage) units to NAS (Network Attached Storage) units in the...

28 by Ganesh T S on 10/11/2011

QNAP TS-659 Pro II Review

The SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) and Corporate NAS market is a highly competitive one. Over the last one year, we have been expanding our coverage of this market...

69 by Ganesh T S on 9/19/2011

LG N2A2 NAS Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As connected homes become more ubiquitous, the need for centralised storage has become...

24 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2011

Synology DS211+ SMB NAS Review

The SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) NAS market is a highly competitive one. A lot of things have changed since the last time we covered this market in a...

49 by Ganesh T S on 2/28/2011

LaCie 5big Storage Server NAS Review

Back in March 2010, Intel announced an Atom based platform optimized for storage applications. Using either a D410 or the dual core D510, paired with an Intel 82801IR I/O...

37 by Ganesh T S on 11/8/2010

Seagate GoFlex Home 2TB Reviewed

If you’ve got more than one PC in the home, having a network drive to share files, stream media and create backups can make a lot of sense. Seagate...

30 by Rajinder Gill on 10/10/2010

ZFS - Building, Testing, and Benchmarking

Click to enlarge If you are in the IT field, you have no doubt heard a lot of great things about ZFS, the file system originally introduced by Sun in...

105 by Matt Breitbach on 10/5/2010

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