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 StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft Review (Azure Pack)

The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft debuted in late 2015 as the first validated hybrid cloud system that implemented Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard. The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft combines PowerEdge hardware, Dell EMC Networking, and a software stack built with Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2. Dell EMC's vast engineering resources focused on creating a turnkey experience for new Dell EMC hybrid cloud administrators with a unified interface and a variety of licensing schemes. This was the company's second collaboration with Microsoft on Azure-based cloud systems. Prior to CPS Standard, the companies worked together to offer Microsoft CPS Premium, targeted at much larger deployments.  The Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is on deck as the company's next Azure-based offering, expected to be available later this year.

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by Brian Beeler

AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Review

At the beginning of the month, AMD launched a pair of new GPUs that address the entry-class performance needs of professionals in popular fields like design and manufacturing, media and entertainment and finance. And while AMD has plenty of specs that show where the new WX 2100 and WX 3100 stand out, they're really leading with a value-based message. Not just in terms of the $199 MSRP for the WX 3100, but also the fact that they offer a three year warranty (7 optional) with 24/7 local language support and a commitment to quarterly feature, performance and stability improvements. Of course the WX 3100 also has the popular application certifications including SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and CATIA. 

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

WD My Passport SSD Review

The WD My Passport SSD marks the brand's first foray into portable SSD storage. Building off of the extensive My Passport line, the SSD variant is available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities and promises to give speeds up to 515MB/s using the USB Type-C port. For those without USB-C, WD includes a USB 3 adaptor. As usual WD includes bundled software to give the drive a little more value, in this case that includes backup software and drive health monitoring. The My Passport SSD can also be protected with built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption and the drive includes a three year warranty. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D Review

Touted as world’s overall thinnest profile in its class measuring just .25" at the edge, the Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) is designed for media professionals looking for a high-end monitor with a modern build. The slim profile extends to the sturdy metal base and pivot arm, which both use very little real-estate on a desk surface. The Ultrathin monitor helps users de-clutter their desks with USB-C charging capabilities, so those who have a notebook that supports USB-C charging (i.e. the Dell XPS 13) only need one cable to drive their monitor and charge at the same time.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1517+ NAS Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1517+ is a 5-bay NAS designed for encryption and intensive tasks. Powered by a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the DS1517+ comes equipped with quad 1GbE LAN ports and up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (dual channel). Synology also quotes speeds of 1,165MB/s and 527.99MB/s in sequential reading and writing, respectively, and can be expanded from 50TB to a maximum of 150TB using 15 drives via two DX517 expansion units.

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by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II Review (256GB)

The Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II (U3) is the company’s latest high-end memory card to hit the market. This tiny storage solution is expected to reach some fairly impressive speeds, as Lexar quotes 150MB/s read and 90MB/s write. The Professional 1000x also comes with a generous 256GB in storage capacity, that, according to Lexar, can store upwards of 36 hours of HD video, 67,600 photos, or 58,100 songs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Enterprise Read Intensive SATA SSD Roundup Review

When it comes to enterprise SSD marketing currently, NVMe and high-capacity SAS drives garner most of the headlines. But behind their more showy cousins sit an entire stable of SATA SSDs that are taking the lion's share of overall SSD units shipped. Enterprise SATA SSDs are commonly segmented further into read intensive and write intensive categories. In a few outlier cases a vendor may also ship a mixed-use drive just to cover all the bases. In reality, these drives are all the same at the core, with the key difference simply being overprovisioning and firmware. Overprovisioning generally determines the usable capacity and endurance attributes of a drive. In this roundup we're taking a non-standard approach. Our SSD reviews are generally a deep dive into a single drive. In this case we've lined up five of the leading read intensive SSD offerings from Intel, Toshiba, Samsung, Micron and SanDisk to see how they stack up in this lucrative market segment. 

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Intel Optane Memory Review

Optane Memory, formally 3D XPoint, is utilizing the first new class of NAND in nearly 25 years. The Optane Memory PC-caching solution works with Intel’s new 7th generation Intel Core processors and systems that support it, to accelerate large capacity HDDs. Coming in 16GB and 32GB modules, Optane Memory is packaged in an M.2 SSD that users can add into desktop systems. When paired with its software, Intel claims up to 28% faster overall system performance, 14x hard drive access, and 2x the task responsiveness.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo System x3550 M5 Server Review

The Lenovo System x3550 M5 is a 1U dual-socket server designed to handle intensive workloads in software-defined data centers. Featuring Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and TruDDR4 memory (high-end DDR4 memory that meets “strict” Lenovo requirements), the x3550 M5 is designed for use in small- and medium-business use cases. It fits nicely in areas such as database, virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, systems management, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media, web, and HPC. Lenovo’s focus is to keep business-critical applications and cloud deployments running safely with the x3550 M5. This cost-effective server is also built with an extensive set of systems-management tools to make deployment and maintenance easy.

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