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...

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

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...

23 by Ganesh T S on 12/9/2014

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

HGST Deskstar NAS 4 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, new opportunities have opened up, thanks to the rapid growth in...

31 by Ganesh T S on 11/22/2014

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

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

Synology Launches Rangeley-based DS415+, DSM 5.1 Beta Goes Live

Synology has been relatively quiet over the last couple of months (barring the responses to various security issues), but, today, they are coming out with a couple of expected...

13 by Ganesh T S on 9/23/2014

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

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

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

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

WD Red Pro Review: 4 TB Drives for NAS Systems Benchmarked

A couple of weeks back, Western Digital updated their NAS-specific drive lineup with 5 and 6 TB Red drives. In addition, 7200 RPM Red Pro models with 2 -...

60 by Ganesh T S on 8/8/2014

Synology Advises Users of SynoLocker Ransomware

NAS and storage server manufacturer Synology sends word this afternoon that they are informing their customers of a currently ongoing and dangerous ransomware attack that is targeting Synology devices. Dubbed...

19 by Ryan Smith on 8/4/2014

QNAP TS-451 Bay Trail NAS Performance Review

The launch of the QNAP TS-x51 series was covered in detail last month. Its introduction has revitalized the premium NAS market for SOHO and power users by providing a...

56 by Ganesh T S on 7/28/2014

Seagate NAS 4-Bay with Marvell ARMADA 370 Review

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

19 by Ganesh T S on 7/24/2014

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