The StorageReview.com review database offers in-depth analysis and comparison of the latest storage products. The latest HDD reviews (hard disk drive), SSD reviews (solid state drive), external storage reviews and related accessories are listed below.

by Tucker Mindrum

Toshiba Exceria Pro SD Card Review

Toshiba's new Exceria Pro expands the company's line of SD cards to include a performance-focused model geared towards industry professionals. With quoted transfer speeds of 260MB/s read and 240MB/s, the Exceria Pro is in line with other popular professional SD cards on the market. This release represents a big step in both performance and price for Toshiba; before the Exceria Pro, their top SD card was the Exceria, which provides roughly half the performance at slightly over a quarter of the price. This is also Toshiba's first SD card line to include a 128GB model. Professionals looking for top-of-the-line performance out of a quality brand should strongly consider the Exceria Pro.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M510DC SSD Review

The Micron M510DC SSDs are built for optimization during read-heavy workloads including content delivery and virtualization, fitting alongside (and not replacing) the existing M500DC line. This new line of light enterprise drives are based off of proven technology designed to hit low price points rather than delivering blistering performance. As such, the M510DC SSDs fit a very important demographic in organizations who have a multi-tier flash approach or can characterize their read-centric workloads and leverage this type of flash appropriately. Micron also ensures the M510DC has a complete set of enterprise features with its third-generation power loss architecture to protect data both at rest and in flight and its focus on reliability and longevity.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Sysbench OLTP Performance

To measure the performance of the VMware VSAN cluster in transactional database workloads, we first leverage the Sysbench OLTP benchmark, paying close attention to total aggregate performance. The Sysbench OLTP benchmark runs on top of Percona MySQL leveraging the InnoDB storage engine operating inside a CentOS installation. While a traditional SAN infrastructure can better cope with large single workloads, hyper-converged systems are designed to spread that load across all nodes in the system. To that end, we deployed four Sysbench VMs on the VSAN cluster, 1 per node, and measured the total performance seen on the cluster with all operating simultaneously.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: VMmark Performance

Tuning hyper-converged systems for VMmark presents new challenges for how StorageReview runs the benchmark. Our VMmark implementation is designed for traditional IT architectures, fixed compute servers and review storage hardware swapped between tests. With VMware VSAN, storage and compute are merged into one platform with one single datastore, necessitating a modification to our VMmark setup. In this case we had our VMware VSAN cluster both running the storage and the compute requirements, offering a one-two punch compared to traditional platforms that would require compute servers separate.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Overview and Configuration

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is part of the burgeoning category of software defined everything that's assaulting all points from corporate datacenters to remote and branch offices. VMware describes VSAN as "hypervisor-converged storage" that is optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. However you refer to this space, the mission is more or less the same; to greatly simplify enterprise IT, reduce total cost of ownership and provide flexible scalability while delivering predictable performance. The path vendors take to achieve these quad-objectives is widely varied however. For their part VMware has a singular focus, to deliver against these goals in the most comprehensive, cost effective way for organizations using vSphere. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung P3 Portable (4TB) Review

Samsung now offers a portable hard drive (the P3 Portable) with up to 4TB of storage. The P3 keeps Samsung competitive in the market as brands continue to offer this capacity in a portable drive. Samsung puts an emphasis on the P3's design and small size (it is one of the thinnest portable 4TB drives available). The P3 uses a USB 3.0 port to perform data transfers.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Portable Drive Review

Seagate's Backup Plus line of external drives will expand mid-July to include the 4TB portable drive (2.5-inch). This is the first portable SMR drive. This model will include all of the newest features of their Backup Plus line, most notably Lyve app compatibility, free OneDrive access, and social media backup capabilities. This portable drive comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to cycle between Mac and PC systems without having to reformat.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Trion 100 Series SSD Review

The Trion 100 Series is OCZ’s newest addition to their portfolio of value-oriented SSDs and the first OCZ drive that features next-gen TLC Toshiba TLC NAND flash technology. OCZ has stated that the Trion is not a replacement to the similarly classed ARC line of SSDs, but a complementary release targeted towards an even more cost-sensitive demographic (the lowest capacity is priced at just $57). Though they aren't going to convince power-consumers to purchase the drive over premium SSDs such as the Samsung EVO, it still a viable option for a lot of people. This is a drive that is targeting the HDD upgrade market, all the while making SSDs more accessible to the mainstream consumer market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 850 EVO SSD 2TB Review

Today Samsung has released the latest addition to its 850 EVO SSD line, the 850 EVO SSD 2TB. The 850 EVO SSD line is designed more for everyday computing. Like its PRO counterpart, the EVO use Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND 2bit MLC/3bit MLC. Unlike the PRO, the EVO is aimed more at mainstream computer users and less at enthusiasts. Samsung states that its 3D V-NAND gives it up to two times the density and write speed performance of other drives. The drive has 2GB of LPDDR2DRAM cache memory, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and comes with a 5-year warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 850 PRO SSD 2TB Review

Today Samsung released a new addition to its 850 PRO SSD line, the SSD 850 PRO 2TB. This marks the largest capacity consumer SSD for Samsung and the first 2TB consumer SSD commercially available. Like the rest of the line, the new 850 PRO 2TB uses Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND 2bit MLC/3bit MLC. Samsung states that its 3D up to two times the density and write speed performance. The drive has 2GB of LPDDR2DRAM cache memory, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and comes with a 10-year warranty.

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