We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network-attached storage (NAS) market space. Unlike, say, the GPU market, the COTS NAS market can't be simply delineated based on price and performance. At the basic level, the only aspect that is guaranteed is the fact that the price of a NAS increases with the number of bays in it. Any consumer in the market for a NAS needs to consider the following aspects before choosing a budget: Amount of storage needed (number of bays) Intended use-case Business-oriented or home / multimedia-focused Expected number of simultaneous clients Downtime tolerance Required processing power (both file-serving and tangentially related tasks) Value of invested time (in...

Western Digital to Acquire Skyera

Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera. The terms of the transaction have not...

4 by Kristian Vättö 5 days ago

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Review: Dual 10GBase-T for Prosumers

For a number of months I have been wondering when 10GBase-T would be getting some prime time in the consumer market. Aside from add-in cards, there was no onboard...

40 by Ian Cutress 5 days ago

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 6 TB Review

Hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Vendors have also realized that enterprise hard drives are...

51 by Ganesh T S on 12/10/2014

GIGABYTE Server MD60-SC0 Motherboard Review: Haswell-EP with QSFP

Ever since GIGABYTE’s Server team and I first started discussing reviews, it was interesting to see what a purely B2B (business to business) unit could do. Since then, GIGABYTE...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD: WD Red Pro Gets a Competitor

We have seen this story play out before. Western Digital delineates the hard drive market with a product aimed at a particular niche and Seagate comes in a few...

22 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2014

Asustor AS7008T 8-bay Intel Haswell SMB NAS Review

Asustor is one of the recent entrants in the NAS market. Over the last couple of years, they have tried to play in the same space as QNAP and...

28 by Ganesh T S on 11/30/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 14 Core Review: E5-2695 V3 and E5-2697 V3

Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that...

42 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2014

Synology DS1815+ 8-bay Intel Rangeley SMB NAS Review

Synology started the roll-out of their SMB-targeted NAS units based on Intel's latest Atom platform (Rangeley) in September 2014. We have already looked at the 4-bay DS415+ in detail...

62 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2014

Intel Launches M.2 and Larger Capacity 2.5" SSD DC S3500 Models

Two years ago Intel released the DC S3500 and S3700 SSDs that marked as the company's first truly in-house SATA 6Gbps SSDs. Today Intel is adding M.2 form factor...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 11/11/2014

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 12 Core Review: E5-2650L V3 and E5-2690 V3

As part of our Haswell-EP coverage, the next two processors on our test beds are both 12 core variants. The E5-2650L V3 is a surprising monster, giving 12 Haswell...

44 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2014

Tegile Launches T3600 & T3700 All-Flash Arrays

Last week we expanded our enterprise storage coverage with flash arrays and today the coverage continues with Tegile's announcement of the T3600 and T3700. To bring everyone up to...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 11/4/2014

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Workstation Review: Haswell plus Quadro

Individual under-the-desk workstations are an integral part of modern society. Normally a work PC is either thought-limited or throughput-limited, but depending on the type of business and financials of...

53 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

Synology Launches 8-bay Rangeley-based DS1815+

In the last week of September, Synology launched their Intel Rangeley-based DS415+. In our review, we found it resolved most of the issues encountered in the previous Atom-based SMB...

10 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2014

Synology DS415+ Review: DSM on Intel Rangeley

Synology recently launched the DS415+, their first Intel Rangeley-based NAS. This 4-bay NAS, targeted towards SMBs and SOHOs, finally brings about hardware accelerated encryption capabilities to DSM in the...

41 by Ganesh T S on 10/30/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the...

27 by Ian Cutress on 10/13/2014

HP Splits In Half: Consumer & Enterprise Businesses To Separate

After a weekend of rumors spurred on by a Wall Street Journal report, HP has confirmed this morning that the company intends to split in half next year. The...

16 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

ASUS Announces Haswell-E Workstation Motherboards: X99-E WS (1P) and Z10PE-D8 WS (2P)

The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold...

33 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

GIGABYTE Server Releases Seven C612 Series Workstation and Server Motherboards

We had the big consumer Haswell-E CPU launch just over a week ago, and today marks the release of the Xeon counterparts. Johan’s large deep-dive into what makes Haswell-EP...

9 by Ian Cutress on 9/8/2014

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