The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Thanks to the rapid growth in the SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market, new opportunities have opened up for the HDD vendors. All the major players have lineups catering to this market segment. Western Digital was the first to introduce a 6 TB drive in this space, and Seagate joined in recently with a souped-up Enterprise NAS HDD recently. Today, we will take a look at the highest capacity version in HGST's Deskstar NAS family.

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO/PRO Performance Preview & Exploring IOPS Consistency

Traditionally Samsung's enterprise SSDs have only been available to large server OEMs (e.g. Dell, EMC, and IBM). In other words, unless you were buying tens of thousands of drives...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 9/3/2014

Western Digital Launches My Passport Wireless Mobile Storage Lineup

The popularity of the mobile device market (smartphones and tablets) has opened up an allied opportunity for companies - augmenting the limited storage available in those devices with portable...

6 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2014

AMD Radeon R7 SSD (240GB) Review

In 2011 AMD took the first step in expanding the Radeon brand and partnered with Patriot and VisionTek to provide AMD branded memory. With the launch of the Radeon...

49 by Kristian Vättö on 8/28/2014

PROMISE FileCruiser: A Private Dropbox-like Solution for SMBs and SMEs

PROMISE Technology launched a private Dropbox-like cloud storage solution for enterprise file synchronization and sharing last week. Dubbed 'FileCruiser', this is a comprehensive solution targeting SMBs and SMEs (particularly...

7 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2014

Seagate's Intel Rangeley NAS Pro 4-bay Review

Seagate recently rebooted their NAS offerings, completely revamping their 2013 Business Storage lineup and dropping that software platform altogether. In its place, they adopted a Debian-based offering, NAS OS...

14 by Ganesh T S on 8/27/2014

OCZ ARC 100 (240GB) SSD Review

OCZ launched the Barefoot 3 platform and the Vector SSDs in late 2012, and with their new direction OCZ has been trying to change their image to become a...

51 by Kristian Vättö on 8/26/2014

Measuring Toshiba's 15nm 128Gbit MLC NAND Die Size

Courtesy of Custom PC Review At Flash Memory Summit, Toshiba was showcasing their latest 15nm 128Gbit MLC NAND wafer that has been developed in partnership with SanDisk. I simply could...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 8/22/2014

Interview with ADATA's President Shalley Chen

At this year’s Computex, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mrs. Shalley Chen, ADATA’s President, to discuss the current trends in the memory and SSD business, as...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 8/22/2014

Recovering Data from a Failed Synology NAS

It was bound to happen. After 4+ years of running multiple NAS units 24x7, I finally ended up with a bricked NAS. Did I lose data? Were my recovery...

52 by Ganesh T S on 8/22/2014

SanDisk X300s (512GB) Review

Back in May SanDisk announced the X300s, which is the company's first SED (Self-Encrypting Drive). The X300s is based on the same Marvell platform as SanDisk's client drives but...

34 by Kristian Vättö on 8/21/2014

FMS 2014: Marvell Announces NVMe-Enabled PCIe 3.0 x4 88SS1093 SSD Controller

Two weeks ago Marvell announced their first PCIe SSD controller with NVMe support, named as 88SS1093. It supports PCIe 3.0 x4 interface with up to 4GB/s of bandwidth between...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/21/2014

FMS 2014: Silicon Motion Showcases SM2256 SSD Controller with TLC NAND Support

A couple of weeks ago at Flash Memory Summit, Silicon Motion launched their next generation SATA 6Gbps SSD controller. Dubbed simply as SM2256, the new controller is the first...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 8/20/2014

SanDisk Releases Ultra II SSD: Bringing More TLC NAND to the Market

It is a busy day in the client SSD space as earlier today AMD announced the company's first SSD, the R7, and now SanDisk is releasing the Ultra II...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

NAS Units as VM Hosts: QNAP's Virtualization Station Explored

Virtualization has been around since the 1960s, but it has emerged as a hot topic over the last decade or so. Despite the rising popularity, its applications have been...

38 by Ganesh T S on 8/18/2014

FMS 2014: HGST Announces FlashMAX III PCIe SSDs

Continuing with our Flash Memory Summit coverage, HGST announced their FlashMAX III enterprise SSD, which is the first fruit of HGST's Virident acquistion and continues Virident's FlashMAX brand. The...

17 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2014

FMS 2014: SanDisk ULLtraDIMM to Ship in Supermicro's Servers

We are running a bit late with our Flash Memory Summit coverage as I did not get back from the US until last Friday, but I still wanted to...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2014

OCZ Launches ARC 100 Value SSD

The release of the Vector marked as a change in OCZ's strategy. With a new CEO, OCZ's goal was to change the company's brand image from being a low-cost...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 8/13/2014

ioSafe 1513+ Review: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS1513+

The 3-2-1 data backup strategy involves keeping three copies of all essential data, spread over at least two different devices with at least one of them being off-site or...

43 by Ganesh T S on 8/13/2014

QNAP Launches x53 Pro Bay Trail NAS for SMBs

The launch of the QNAP TS-x51 series was covered in great detail. QNAP took the lead over other NAS manufacturers in opting for the 22 nm Atom SoCs. While...

18 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2014

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