DAS

QNAP recently held a product launch event in San Jose. The main announcement was the follow-up to their TVS-871T released late last year. The first generation Thunderbolt NAS came with eight 3.5" drive slots, 16GB of RAM, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and two 10GBASE-T ports. Despite being priced at $2800 (Haswell Core i5 configuration) and $3200 (Haswell Core i7 configuration), QNAP noted that it was popular enough to expand the lineup with more models. The popularity stems from the fact that creative professionals dealing with multimedia content often deal with Thunderbolt DAS units for fast access to data. However, those DAS units are typically not amenable to shared workflows. This is where a NAS / DAS combination like the TVS-871T has been able to...

Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple

Drobo's direct-attached and network-attached storage units are quite popular in the market, but we have never had the opportunity to evaluate them on AnandTech. At CES 2016, we met...

73 by Ganesh T S on 4/25/2016

Thunderbolt 3 in Action: Akitio Thunder3 Duo Pro DAS Review

A lot of attention has been paid to high-speed I/O interfaces for computing systems over the last five years. Flash-based storage media capable of multi-Gbps throughput have become very...

60 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Type-C External HDD Capsule Review

Seagate launched a host of direct-attached storage products under the LaCie brand name at CES earlier this year. Though the LaCie Chrome USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C external SSD...

12 by Ganesh T S on 3/31/2016

USB Flash Drives - Power Consumption Measurement using Plugable's USBC-TKEY

The power consumed by USB peripherals such as flash drives has typically not been much of a concern. However, with OTG support on the rise, mounting external storage via...

19 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2016

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Samsung launched the Portable SSD T3 at CES 2016. The claim to fame was the availability of 2TB of flash in a palm-sized enclosure with a USB 3.1 Gen...

46 by Ganesh T S on 2/22/2016

StarTech Standalone Hard Drive Eraser And USB 3.0 Dock Capsule Review

When StarTech.com first offered up their USB 3.0 Standalone Eraser Dock for review, it took me a little while to really figure what it was for. The name is...

38 by Billy Tallis on 2/16/2016

G-Technology Demonstrates G-SPEED Shuttle XL Thunderbolt 2 DAS at CES

As part of every CES trip, I make it a point to visit G-Technology and see what they are introducing into the DAS (direct attached storage) market. This year...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2016

SanDisk Updates DAS Lineup at CES

Billy and I met with SanDisk at their CES 2016 suite. While Billy talked to them about their internal SSD efforts, I checked out the updates to their direct-attached...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2016

Seagate Updates DAS Portfolio at CES 2016

Seagate has announced four new DAS (direct attached storage) products at CES 2016. Three of them target the premium / luxury market under the LaCie brand name. Seagate Backup Plus...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2016

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Capsule Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 12/11/2015

QNAP's TVS-871T - A 10G NAS with Thunderbolt 2

QNAP operates in SMB / SME NAS space and differentiates itself by providing consumers with plenty of choices when it comes to the hardware platform. Over the last year...

2 by Ganesh T S on 9/22/2015

StarTech.com 8-bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Removable Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have become quite popular over the last five years or so, but Direct Attached Storage (DAS) units were the go-to devices for consumers looking...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/11/2015

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB USB 3.0 Drive Review

The rise in popularity of USB 3.0 has enabled a large number of high-speed bus-powered storage devices. While flash drives and external SSDs can take advantage of the high-speed...

46 by Ganesh T S on 8/4/2015

StarTech.com Updates DAS Lineup with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 Multi-Bay Enclosures

StarTech.com specializes in gadgets performing niche, yet handy functions. We have reviewed a few of their products such as the USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD docking station and...

4 by Ganesh T S on 2/28/2015

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the...

69 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2015

Promise Pegasus2 M4 (4x1TB) Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

Typically multi-bay external storage devices tend to utilize 3.5" drives due to the lower cost and higher capacities. The downside, however, is that 3.5" drives are physically larger and...

39 by Kristian Vättö on 9/12/2014

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

Seagate's premium storage brand, LaCie, has been introducing a wide variety of Thunderbolt 2 products since late last year. Today, we are seeing the launch of a hybrid direct-attached...

8 by Ganesh T S on 9/10/2014

OWC and SoftRAID create ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition

One of the most poignant uses for Thunderbolt has always been Direct Attached Storage (DAS). Alongside supporting high resolution displays, Thunderbolt is all about the daisy chaining of both...

16 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

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