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...

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

Skyera Releases skyHawk FS All-Flash Array: Up to 136TB of NAND in 1U

Our enterprise storage coverage has mainly been focused on individual enterprise SSDs from the likes of Intel and Micron, but there's a lot of interesting action in the storage...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2014

OneDrive Will Offer Unlimited Storage For Office 365 Subscribers

It was only four months ago that Microsoft increased the available OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers to one terabyte, and apparently there was still room for improvement. Today...

17 by Brett Howse on 10/27/2014

Upgrading the SSD in Chromebook & MyDigitalSSD Super Boot Drive M.2 2242 SSD Review

The majority of the Chromebooks tend to have 16GB of onboard storage with some high-end models having twice that. For the intended usage where everything is done in the...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 10/21/2014

Samsung Releases Firmware Update to Fix the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug

The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the...

89 by Kristian Vättö on 10/16/2014

Micron M600 (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) SSD Review

Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g...

55 by Kristian Vättö on 9/29/2014

Firmware Update to Fix the Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug Coming on October 15th

A week ago Samsung acknowledged the existence of the read performance bug in the SSD 840 EVO and I just received a note that the fixed firmware is in...

84 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2014

Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

The rise of USB 3.0 as a high speed interface for PCs and the increasing affordability of flash memory has led to some very interesting products. USB flash drives...

24 by Ganesh T S on 9/24/2014

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

Samsung Acknowledges the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug - Fix Is on the Way

During the last couple of weeks, numerous reports of Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO having low read performance have surfaced around the Internet. The most extensive one is...

116 by Kristian Vättö on 9/19/2014

SanDisk Ultra II (240GB) SSD Review

For nearly two years Samsung was the only manufacturer with an SSD that utilized TLC NAND. Most of the other manufacturers had talked about TLC SSDs in one way...

52 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2014

Micron Launches M600 Client SSD for OEMs/SIs

Micron/Crucial has been one of the go-to manufacturers for value client SSDs during the past couple of years, but the one thing that the company has lacked is a...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2014

Promise Pegasus2 M4 (4x1TB) Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

Typically multi-bay external storage devices tend to utilize 3.5" drives due to the lower cost and higher capacities. The downside, however, is that 3.5" drives are physically larger and...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 9/12/2014

SanDisk Launches Extreme PRO SD Cards: Up to 512GB

While we don't usually cover SD cards, SanDisk's announcement of 512GB Extreme PRO SD card caught my eye today. There are currently only a couple of 256GB SD cards...

54 by Kristian Vättö on 9/11/2014

Microsoft Updates OneDrive File Size And Features

rtThe competition in the cloud storage space has never been so intense. It is also a vast landscape of different features, free storage sizing, paid storage tiers, and API...

27 by Brett Howse on 9/10/2014

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

Seagate's premium storage brand, LaCie, has been introducing a wide variety of Thunderbolt 2 products since late last year. Today, we are seeing the launch of a hybrid direct-attached...

8 by Ganesh T S on 9/10/2014

PCIe SSD Faceoff: Samsung XP941 (128GB & 256GB) and OCZ RevoDrive 350 (480GB) Tested

We are currently on the verge of PCIe transition. Nearly every SSD controller vendor has shown or at least talked about their upcoming PCIe designs, and the first ones...

45 by Kristian Vättö on 9/5/2014

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

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