NAS

Toshiba has announced a new family of 3.5" hard drives for home and SOHO NAS devices. The new MN-series HDDs have up to 8 TB of capacity and support some of the features found in Toshiba’s enterprise-class hard drives. The performance of the new HDDs is similar to the performance of high-end hard drives from other makers, all due to increased areal density. The Toshiba MN-series family includes 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB models with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface (note that the higher-end model supports the SATA 3.3, whereas the others are compliant with the SATA 3.1). The HDDs feature 7200 RPM spindle speed, are equipped with 128 MB buffers, and use rotational vibration (RV) sensors that detect and compensate for transient...

Behind The Scenes: Evaluating NAS Units with Solution-Based Benchmarks

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a leading NAS vendor and provide some insights on how we evaluate NAS units. In particular, the talk dealt with the importance...

17 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 Review

Western Digital is well known to the average consumer as a hard drive manufacturer. By extension, it also opens up the network-attached storage (NAS) market to them. In 2014...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/9/2015

Synology Launches DSM 6.0 Long-Term Beta and New Hardware

We had the opportunity to attend the Synology 2016 Conference in San Francisco last month. The event gave us quite a bit of insight into what Synology has lined...

34 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2015

Synology's DS216play - A Transcoding NAS with ST Microelectronics STiH412

The Synology DS214play was one of the unique NAS units from Synology released last year. It used Intel's Evansport platform (the CE5300 Berryville set-top box (STB) platform re-launched for...

25 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2015

Netgear's New ReadyNAS 21x Models Go Quad-Core

We had covered Netgear's ReadyNAS 200 series launch at the 2015 CES. Based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC designed by Annapurna Labs, the ReadyNAS RN202 (2-bay) and RN204...

4 by Ganesh T S on 10/1/2015

Netgear ReadyNAS RN202 2-bay NAS Review

NAS units with four bays present the best balance between cost and expandability for home consumers. However, with increasing hard drive sizes, two bays make the cut for many...

22 by Ganesh T S on 9/25/2015

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

WD Red Pro 6 TB Review - High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

Despite the increasing affordability of SSDs, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Specialty drives have...

62 by Ganesh T S on 9/7/2015

Seagate Announces a Trio of 8TB Drives for Enterprise Applications

Seagate was the first hard drive vendor to launch a cost-effective 8TB hard drive. The Archive HDD v2 (ST8000AS0002) uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to drive up the areal...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2015

Western Digital Updates My Cloud Mirror NAS, Releases My Cloud OS 3

Western Digital markets their NAS lineup under the 'Personal Cloud' category. This is further sub-divided into three markets, the 'Consumer Series' (the MyCloud units), 'Expert Series' (the EX units...

6 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2015

Western Digital Updates WD Red Pro and WD Black with 5 & 6TB Models

It is that time of the year when Western Digital updates their Red lineup. Launched in 2012, the WD Red drives target network attached storage units with an optimized...

51 by Ganesh T S on 8/18/2015

Advatronix Nimbus 400 File Server Review

Small businesses and power users often need the flexibility offered by a file server when compared to a dedicated NAS. This is where storage servers based on Microsoft's Windows...

18 by Ganesh T S on 8/12/2015

ASRock Rack C2750D4I and U-NAS NSC-800: A DIY File Server

Small businesses and power users often need the flexibility offered by a file server when compared to a dedicated NAS. This is where storage servers based on Microsoft's Windows...

48 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2015

Buffalo TeraStation 5200 Network Video Recorder Review

Surveillance cameras have experienced rapid growth over the last few years as security has turned out to be a very important aspect in both home and business environments. Almost...

12 by Ganesh T S on 7/31/2015

Lime Technology's unRAID 6 Brings Containers and Virtualization to NAS Units

Consumers looking for network-attached storage have plenty of options. Most businesses go for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) unit, while enthusiasts and home users can go for either COTS or...

25 by Ganesh T S on 7/27/2015

Synology Launches RC18015xs+ / RXD1215sas High-Availability Cluster Solution

Synology is no stranger to high-availability (HA) systems. Synology High Availability is touted as one of the features that differentiate Synology's NAS units from other vendors' for small business...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/11/2015

Synology Launches ARM-based DS1515 and RS815 Value Series NAS Units

Synology introduced their x15+ series in the second half of 2014. The models were all based on the Intel Rangeley platform (x86). It is now time for a refresh...

27 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2015

Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS Review

Western Digital is a comparatively recent entrant to the fast-growing NAS market. Despite having had a Windows Storage Server-based product for business users for some time now, a custom...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2015

Synology DS2015xs Review: An ARM-based 10G NAS

Synology is one of the most popular COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) NAS vendors in the SMB / SOHO market segment. The NAS models introduced by them in 2014 were mostly...

50 by Ganesh T S on 2/27/2015

Western Digital My Cloud NAS Updates Target Prosumers and Small Businesses

Western Digital is no stranger to the NAS market. Their Sentinel series units (based on Windows Storage Server) have targeted business users for quite some time now. The My...

1 by Ganesh T S on 2/26/2015

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