Western Digital launched the first NAS-specific 6 TB drive today. In expanding their Red portfolio, they have brought 6 TB drives suitable for 24x7 operation into the hands of home consumers. Some enterprise-specific 6 TB drives have been around since late last year. Today's introduction provides us an opportunity to see how the WD Red compares against those offerings. Read on for our evaluation of the currently available 6 TB drives suitable for NAS units.

QNAP at CES: Fanless NAS, mSATA SSD Caching, Home Automation and More...

I have been making it a point to visit all the dedicated NAS manufacturers at CES over the last four shows. Invariably, their presence was on the show floor...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2014

Lenovo Digital Home, AIOs, etc.

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2 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

GIGABYTE at CES 2014: BRIX MAX SFF NAS, running Android

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25 by Ian Cutress on 1/10/2014

Lenovo's BEACON Brings Evansport to the Living Room

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6 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

Asustor Updates ADM OS, Prepares Haswell-based Rackmounts

We visited Asustor at CES last year and saw a host of Atom-based NAS units. In the span of one year, a lot of changes have taken place. There...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

LenovoEMC Launches 4-bay px4-400d / px4-400r Business NAS Models

LenovoEMC's network storage family consists of three lineups: ARM-based EZ single-bay network attached hard disk for home users ARM-based ix series for value-focused consumers x86-based px series for performance-focused consumers (These come...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2014

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review: 10GBase-T in a Desktop NAS

Netgear launched the 6-bay ReadyNAS 716 10-GbE desktop NAS in November. To our knowledge, this is the first off-the-shelf NAS in a desktop tower form factor to come with...

25 by Ganesh T S on 1/1/2014

Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review

Most of our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems. We ventured into evaluating rackmount units with the QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP, and today we have results...

51 by Ganesh T S on 12/26/2013

Synology Updates Surveillance Station NVR Package

We have covered Synology's Surveillance Station in a qualitative manner before, and one of our main complaints was the fact that the interface was reliant on Java. On lower-end...

2 by Ganesh T S on 11/28/2013

Thecus N2560: Intel's EvanSport NAS Platform Review

NAS units targeting home consumers have traditionally been underpowered in terms of hardware as well as firmware features. Low power, reduced cost and media-centric features are primary requirements in...

75 by Ganesh T S on 11/25/2013

Netgear Launches ReadyNAS 716 6-bay 10-GbE Desktop NAS

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10 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2013

Western Digital Updates My Cloud Lineup with 4-bay EX4

We had covered the launch of the Western Digital My Cloud platform last month. The unit available at launch was a single-bay version similar to the popular My Book...

6 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2013

Netgear ReadyNAS 312 2-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

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18 by Ganesh T S on 11/11/2013

Synology Introduces Media-Centric DS214play

Synology has been pretty busy introducing its 2014 models over the last couple of weeks. While the DS214 was, in my opinion, a run-of-the-mill product (not taking away any...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2013

QNAP Launches 10 GbE-Capable TS-x70 Tower Series Turbo NAS

10 GbE capability in off-the-shelf NAS units have most remained in the realm of rackmount models. Today, QNAP is introducing the TS-x70 series desktop pedestal models with this capability...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/11/2013

Western Digital Sentinel Lineup Updated with Xeon-Based Ultra-Compact Servers

Western Digital's SMB / enterprise network storage lineup (the Sentinel series) has been based on the Microsoft Windows Storage Server platform. The most recent update to the Sentinel lineup...

10 by Ganesh T S on 10/10/2013

Synology Refreshes RackStation Lineup with RS2414+ and RS2414RP+

Synology launched two new 2U RackStations (the RS2414+ amd RS2414RP+) today. These are the first units with a full 12 bays available in the main unit itself (Their current...

5 by Ganesh T S on 10/8/2013

QNAP Launches SAS-Enabled Turbo NAS Units, Updates QTS 4.0 OS

QNAP is on a roll lately, with the launch of five new business-class Turbo NAS models supporting both SAS and SATA drives. These models are all rackmounts. While the...

0 by Ganesh T S on 10/3/2013

Western Digital Launches My Cloud Consumer NAS Platform

The network attached storage market is growing by leaps and bounds. While the SMB (small and medium business) / enterprise market is driven by speed, IOPS and concurrent access...

27 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2013

LenovoEMC Teams with Acronis for NAS Backup

LenovoEMC is on a roll lately with third-party partnerships. These have been done to enable extra capabilities and provide customers with features that other NAS vendors provide with in-house...

7 by Ganesh T S on 9/19/2013

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