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

Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Review

Seagate's newest addition to their signature line of wireless storage devices includes 500GB of storage and is geared more towards the everyday consumer than the previously reviewed Wireless Plus. Like their other wireless hard drives, Wireless Mobile Storage aims to ease the strain of large data libraries on mobile devices. Given the limited capacity of most smartphones and tablets, users end up streaming desired content. This can result in unnecessary data usage if the user is out of reach of Wi-Fi (often accompanied by usage fees). Offloading media libraries to Seagate's battery powered Wireless Mobile Storage (which creates its own local Wi-Fi signal) allows users to avoid usage fees while maintaining remote access to their content.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review

The Seagate Seven is the company’s newest addition to their external drive portfolio and is catered towards style-savvy users. This USB 3.0  portable drive is something very different than what we normally expect from Seagate. The Seven leverages an ultra-thin 7mm form factor and slick, premium design. Though not obvious when you first look at the Seagate Seven, this extremely thin device is very tough and durable for its size. 

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX100 SSD Review

While Crucial’s MX200 is a feature-heavy consumer SSD, the BX100 is catered more towards users looking to upgrade their systems to solid-state-based at a lower cost in exchange for a slight drop in performance. Crucial even admits that the “BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market” on their website. With a price tag starting at roughly $70, this value-driven SSD is an attractive choice for consumers on a budget, who still want a better computing experience than what HDDs provide. The BX100 features a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Micron MLC NAND and custom firmware that combine to boast ultra-low power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX200 SSD Review

Crucial released the MX100 last summer, which we found to be a compelling choice as a system upgrade for new users as well as for those who put an importance on data reliability. Moving forward with their latest consumer SSD release, Crucial believes their MX200 improves on its predecessor in every way due to its new Dynamic Write Acceleration technology and other new features (such as the drive's use of an adaptable pool of flash memory). As with all of its drives, Crucial has built the MX200 with a focus on reliability and longevity, making this new drive a very attractive SSD option for many mainstream consumers. The MX200 line also comes in various form factors (2.5” 7mm, mSATA, M.2 Type 2260, and M.2 Type 2280), catering to a wide range of different applications and OEM use cases.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Exablox OneBlox Appliance Review

Exablox’s OneBlox embodies a distinctive approach to streamlining storage for unstructured information. OneBlox offers a range of enterprise scale-out NAS functionality including a global filesystem that can span multiple 2U OneBlox nodes as a OneBlox ring with up to 336TB that incorporates global inline deduplication and continuous data protection. OneBlox also allows administrators to 'bring their own drives' by populating the appliance with a combination of SATA and SAS drives and capacities.  

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP iLO 4 Review

There have been several methods of Out-of-Band (OOB) Management for server assets over the years.  The two that are still quite popular are KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switches that are often IP-enabled, and some form of Lights Out Management such as HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights-Out Management.)  All Out-of-Band Management solutions can make maintaining and supporting servers elsewhere more convenient whether located across a building or on the other side of the world. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs Review

The RS3614RPxs is a network attached storage solution with an emphasis reliability and performance. Its main intent is to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and deploy virtualization solutions, all of which, Synology indicates, can be performed with as little time wasted on setup and maintenance as possible. Synology also offers two versions of this RackStation: the RS3614xs and the RS3614RP, the latter which is equipped with dual power supplies.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Review

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 6.0 is software that is designed to create image-level backups of virtual machines, virtual servers, databases and it can utilize application plug-ins to back up Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint Server. VDP is powered by EMC Avamar and includes built-in replication of backup data to ensure DR compliance. The latest version extends the scale and capabilities of the vSphere Data Protection. VDP can utilize EMC Data Domain Boost assuming it is licensed on the Data Domain appliance.

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by Tucker Mindrum

HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD Review

HGST has expanded their line of Deskstar NAS HDDs to include a 6TB model, which is optimized for small enterprise, SOHO, or consumer environments leveraging up to 8-bay NAS systems. HGST has promised both reliability and performance from these 7,200RPM 3.5" drives, maintaining 1 million hours of use between failures and delivering seek times of less than 12ms. The new 6TB offering is a boost in capacity of 50% compared to HGST's previous top of the line 4TB drives. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Hybrid Review

Dot Hill has long made storage controllers and systems that were capable of handling both traditional disk and SSD volumes. In November they released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. The 4004 is what's inside the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 that we reviewed previously, and turning our HDD configuration into a hybrid just means swapping out HDDs for SSDs. The SSDs can be used as a real time tiering configuration or in a cache mode as an extension of the storage controller cache.

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