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 NAS (2-bay) Review

The Seagate 2-bay NAS, along with the recently reviewed 4-bay configuration, is part of Seagate's latest NAS line release. The Seagate NAS line is aimed at small or home offices without dedicated IT resources. It includes a Marvell 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and ships with Seagate NAS HDDs for a maximum capacity of 10TB (users can choose to receive their NAS drive-less or equipped with two 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, or 5TB drives). All hardware, software, and drives are made by Seagate allowing all parts of the NAS to work together seamlessly. Unlike its larger sibling, the 2-bay NAS only has a few RAID options (RAID0 and RAID1, with a JBOD option) but comes preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD Red Review (6TB, NASware 3.0)

WD was first to market with a duty-specific NAS drive when they launched the Red family over two years ago. They're now onto the third iteration of the 3.5" drive (we previously review the WD Red Pro), which includes an updated firmware, NASware 3.0, and new larger 5TB and 6TB capacities. The top end 6TB drive of course offers a 50% bump over the previous largest Red and is now the largest NAS HDD on the market as of this review. As part of this release, WD is also supporting 8-bay NAS units with the Reds, up from a recommended 5-bays in the prior generation, creating a grand total of up to 48TB raw within a single NAS unit. That's a massive amount of data and thus good news for small offices or those with ever-expanding media collections that need to be able to keep up with their data growth. 

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review

OCZ ARC 100 Series SSDs are designed for mainstream consumers who want the benefits of flash storage without a big price tag; the ARC 100 gives consumers an aggressive suggested price point of .50/GB. Of course as the SSDs get into retail, pricing will fall even further. OCZ doesn't cut corners though with the ARC 100, part of the pricing power is due to the vertical integration with parent company Toshiba. Jointly they own all of the core components in the drive, including the controller and Toshiba MLC NAND. The ARC 100 offers a good endurance profile, supporting 20GB of writes per day (same as the Vertex 3) and the drives come with a three-year warranty.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

AMI StorTrends 3500i Hybrid Array Review

The AMI StorTrends 3500i is a 3U, 16-bay hybrid storage array that combines the benefits of SSD acceleration and the capacity and pricing benefits of HDDs. The StorTrends 3500i is a dual-controller configuration set to active/passive, each driven by Dual Intel Xeon 2.4GHz E5620 processors and 16GB of memory. The real magic though comes in the control the 3500i offers to customers. The array supports both SSD caching and tiering, which is somewhat novel in the hybrid space, and a feature called Automatically Tuned Volumes (ATV). ATV gives users a high-degree of control over what kind of performance an individual volume receives by selecting the storage it sits on, allowing admins to prioritize (or not) the performance. StorTrends arrays also include a robust set of enterprise-ready data services and the ability to scale up with additional disk enclosures. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Huawei OceanStor Dorado2100 G2 All Flash Array Review

The Huawei OceanStor Dorado2100 G2 is an all-flash SAN with a dual-controller active-active architecture and configurable with either MLC or SLC SSDs. The platform is designed in house, leveraging Huawei components top to bottom, from the chassis to the SSDs and SSD controllers. This level of integration allows Huawei to push as much performance as possible from the array and is unique in the all-flash array (AFA) market. According to manufacturer benchmarks, the Dorado2100 G2 can reach 600,000 IOPS with latency down to 500μs and they also point to their public SPC-1 IOPS score of over 400k. The overall performance numbers post a gain of 3X over their first generation Dorado AFA. This level of performance makes the array ideal for high-performance database needs, VDI and other mission-critial workloads that are latency sensitive.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage Review (F3J70A)

The HP StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage array is the latest storage system designed to give small and midsized businesses highly virtualized application performance while cutting costs by dynamically by moving data between solid state and traditional hard disk drives. The 4335 is a 1U system based on HP’s ProLiant Gen8 server technology that ships with 10 drives: 3x 400GB mainstream enterprises SSDs and 7x 900GB 10K SFF SAS drives. The 4335 is also equipped with 4x 1GbE and 2x 10GbE ports with integrated lights out (iLO 4) to help provide users with complete system control. For resiliency and improved performance, the StoreVirtual 4335 is designed to be clustered together. For cluster management HP offers StoreVirtual Centralized Management Console (CMC) to aggregate all of the nodes in a single pane of glass. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate NAS (4-bay) Review

The Seagate NAS line is a 2 or 4-bay NAS designed for SOHO users and small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The Seagate NAS comes with a Marvell 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 ram, and can run up to 20TB in capacity. The NAS also comes with Seagate’s new operating system, NAS OS 4 and ships with Seagate 5TB NAS HDDs. Having all of the software, hardware, and drives made by Seagate enables the system to work together seamlessly. The NAS come preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB Flash Drive Review

Corsair has recently released the Flash Voyager GTX flash drive, which is optimized for speed and hailed as their fastest USB drive yet (with reported transfer speeds approaching 450MB/s read and 350MB/s write). Corsair designed this flash drive for professionals in mind, but casual users too can revel in the high-speed transfer of large data collections like operating system images, game installs, video and music production projects, and large media libraries.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 845DC PRO Review

The Samsung 845DC PRO is an enterprise-grade SSD designed to deliver high performance, especially in random write, and consistent low latency over the life of the SSD. The 845DC PRO has adopted the world’s first 24-layer 3D V-NAND technology for its storage, giving it up to 10 times higher endurance than conventional NAND. The drive has a cache memory up to 1GB, uses a Samsung3-core MDX controller and in-house firmware, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and boasts impressive performance numbers: sequential write up to 460MB/s and sequential read up to 530MB/s.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro Review (4TB, NASware 3.0)

Alongside the launch of the larger 6TB capacity Red HDDs with NASware 3.0, WD also launched a new family of NAS drives dubbed Red Pro. The Red Pro HDDs spin at 7,200RPM, come in capacities of up to 4TB, and are designed for larger tower or rackmount NAS environments in the 8 to 16 bay range. Aside from support for larger environments, the Red Pro line of HDDs differentiates from Red in that the drives are faster, 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty.

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