NAS

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 do-it-yourself (DIY) units. There are plenty of excellent COTS NAS vendors in the market, including, but not restricted to Asustor, QNAP, Seagate, Synology and Western Digital. QNAP and Synology have been at the forefront of bringing new features to COTS NAS units. On the DIY front, consumers can go for a dedicated NAS build or re-purpose an existing PC. Some of the popular operating system options for DIY NAS units include Windows and its server variants, NAS4Free, FreeNAS, Rockstor etc. While NAS4Free, FreeNAS and Rockstor are free open source solutions, Windows and its server variants are...

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...

3 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...

6 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...

49 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

QNAP Launches TVS-x71U Haswell-based Rackmount NAS Units

At CES, QNAP had the TVS-x71 series of NAS models in the tower form factor. Bay counts ranged from 4 to 8. Users had a choice of four different...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/21/2015

Synology Introduces RS815+ and DS2415+ Rangeley NAS Units

Synology announced two new NAS models today as updates to the existing RS814+ and the DS2413+ units. Both models are based on the 4C/4T Intel Atom C2538 Rangeley SoC...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2015

Netgear Introduces ReadyNAS 3130 Rackmount NAS

Netgear is introducing a trio of products targeting SMBs and SMEs today. The primary product is a modular switch chassis, while the second one is a new WLAN controller...

0 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2015

Netgear Launches ARM Cortex-A15-based ReadyNAS 200 Series

Netgear's major announcement at CES 2015 was the ReadyNAS 200 series of NAS units targeting the SOHO market and power users. This lineup has two members, a 2-bay RN202...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2015

QNAP Releases Haswell-based TVS-x71 and Cortex-A15-based TS-x31+ NAS Lineups

QNAP took the SMB / SOHO NAS market segment by storm with a host of CES announcements. The release of the AMD G-series SoC-based TVS-x63 was undoubtedly QNAP's major...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

ioSafe Updates Disaster-Resistant Storage Lineup at CES 2015

At CES 2015, we got the chance to sit down and talk with the folks over at ioSafe. Their disaster-resistant storage devices are unique in the market. We reviewed...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

Asustor's 5 Series Packs Intel Bay Trail Celerons

Since last CES, a couple of Asustor offerings have been put under our review scanner, and we were naturally excited to meet up with them at CES 2015. Towards...

3 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2015

AMD Enters NAS Market with QNAP's 10G-Ready TVS-x63

QNAP's CES suite was quite busy when we visited them last week. Considering the number of product and feature announcements that were made, it wasn't a surprise at all...

20 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

Synology's BeyondCloud Series - NAS Units made User-Friendly

Synology has put out some interesting updates (both expected as well as unexpected) in the lead up to the new year. At CES 2015, the focus is on a...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2015

QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

QNAP has focused on Intel's Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology's efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted...

57 by Ganesh T S on 12/29/2014

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review

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...

36 by Ganesh T S on 12/23/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units

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...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/17/2014

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...

52 by Ganesh T S on 12/10/2014

Synology's DS2015xs brings ARM to High-Performance NAS Units

In the current NAS market, it is downright impossible to talk of ARM and high performance together. The most powerful ARM-based NAS units have been based on Marvell's ARMADA...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/9/2014

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