Storage

At IDF 2015 this year Intel has announced that their forthcoming 3D XPoint technology based products will be sold under a new brand for the company, Optane. The Optane products will be available in 2016, in both standard SSD (PCIe) form factors for everything from Ultrabooks to servers, and in a DIMM form factor for Xeon systems for even greater bandwidth and lower latencies. As expected, Intel will be providing storage controllers optimized for the 3D XPoint memory, though no further details on that subject matter were provided. This announcement is in-line with Intel and Micron’s original 3D XPoint announcement last month, which also announced that 3D XPoint would be out in 2016. Finally, as part of the Optane announcement, Intel also gave the world’s...

ioSafe N2: A Disaster Proof NAS with Synology DSM

ioSafe used to manufacture disaster proof NAS solutions / backup appliances such as the ioSafe R4. The R4s used to cost upwards of $10K, weighed more than 120 lbs...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/18/2012

Synology Launches DS413 and DS413j 4-Bay NAS Units

A couple of weeks back, we covered Synology's launch of the 2013 2-bay NAS lineup, the DS213 and the DS213+. The most interesting aspect of the launch was the...

7 by Ganesh T S on 9/18/2012

NGFF SSDs: Putting an End to Proprietary Ultrabook SSD Form Factors

We've seen a bunch of custom SSD form factors with the arrival of Ultrabooks as well as systems like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The need is...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

Hands On With Western Digital's New 5mm Hybrid Hard Drive

Remember the 5mm hybrid HDD announcement from yesterday? I just spent some time with the drive itself at the IDF Tech Showcase. The 5mm drive will be OEM-only at...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

OCZ Vector: The First True Indilinx Based SSD (Barefoot 3) from OCZ

I just saw the outcome of a year long effort from both the Indilinx and the PLX teams at OCZ: the Vector SSD (pictured above). Unlike the Octane and...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Netgear’s RAIDiator 5.3.6 Launches ReadyNAS Cloud Features

We have taken a look at the Netgear NV+ v2 multiple times in the past. With the launch of RAIDiator 5.3.6, Netgear is keeping up their promise to keep...

1 by Ganesh T S on 9/11/2012

Western Digital Teases 5mm Hybrid Hard Drive

Intel's Ultrabook push has forced hard drive makers to do two things: take hybrid drives more seriously (because of the Ultrabook performance requirements) as well as focus on thinner...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2012

Building the 2012 AnandTech SMB / SOHO NAS Testbed

The market for network attached storage (NAS) devices has registered huge gains over the last few years. In keeping up with the market trends, the coverage of NAS units...

74 by Ganesh T S on 9/5/2012

Promise Pegasus J2 Review: The Smallest High Performance Thunderbolt Drive

Promise was the first to get us a Thunderbolt chassis with the Pegasus R4/R6. Not only was the Pegasus the first shipping Thunderbolt storage chassis, but it continues to...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/2/2012

OCZ Agility 4 (256GB) Review

For the last few years, OCZ's consumer SSD lineup has primarily consisted of two models: Vertex and Agility. The history of these two goes all the way back to...

40 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2012

Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) Review

Plextor has been making steady progress in becoming a real player in the SSD market. As we saw with the M3 Pro, they have a firmware team capable of...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 8/31/2012

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Review

With Thunderbolt ports available on both Macs and PCs, as well as Thunderbolt controller costs dropping thanks to the introduction of Intel's Cactus Ridge, the Thunderbolt storage space is...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/30/2012

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

Corsair Releases Neutron/Neutron GTX SSD Pricing

When we published our Neutron/Neutron GTX SSD review this morning we didn't have official pricing from Corsair. That's not all that unusual as pricing for many components can be...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

Corsair Neutron GTX SSD Review (240GB): Link A Media Controller Tested

Not interested in diving headfirst into a market full of teething pains, Corsair held off on its first SSD introduction. Even after it entered the market, Corsair remained conservative...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

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...

85 by Ganesh T S on 8/17/2012

Intel Brings TRIM to RAID-0 SSD Arrays on 7-Series Motherboards, We Test It

In an unusually terse statement, Intel officially confirmed that the ATA TRIM command now passes through to RAID-0 SSD arrays on some systems running Intel's RST (Rapid Storage Technology...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2012

OWC Announces 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

In our review of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display I mentioned that the base $2199 configuration is near perfect, save for its 256GB SSD. With no room for...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2012

The Intel SSD 910 Review

The increase in compute density in servers over the past several years has significantly impacted form factors in the enterprise. Whereas you used to have to move to a...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/9/2012

Plextor Releases M5 Pro SSD: Say Hello to Marvell 88SS9187 and 19nm Toshiba NAND

This is an announcement we have been waiting for. In our Plextor M3 Pro and M5S reviews, we mentioned that the limits of Marvell's 88SS9174 controller have more or...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/7/2012

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