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 Josh Linden

SanDisk Optimus Eco 400GB SAS SSD Review

The Optimus Eco uses SanDisk’s Guardian Technology Platform to improve the performance characteristics for 19nm multi-level cell (MLC) flash in order to suit read-intensive application workloads in capacities of 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB, and 2TB. The Guardian Technology Platform was part of SanDisk’s recent acquisition of SMART Storage Systems, which also put the platform to good use last year in our review of the Optimus SAS Enterprise SSD. The Optimus Eco represents a different use profile and different NAND than the Optimus but still achieves solid results across our benchmarks, flexibility that helps explain the appeal that SMART’s MLC technology and engineering resources have for SanDisk.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Brocade 6510 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Switch Review

The Brocade 6510 switch features up to 48 ports of Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with specifications suitable for hyper-scale, private cloud, virtualized, and other high-bandwidth Fibre Channel environments. With an aggregate 768Gb/s throughput and an 18-inch deep 1U footprint, the 6510 supports 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel across 24, 36, or 48 ports of connectivity and with a feature set that can be extended via add-on licenses for a wide variety of usage scenarios. The Brocade 6510 represents best-of-class Fibre Channel SAN switching, which is an important asset to the StorageReview Enterprise Storage Lab in order to ensure that network components do not bottleneck storage devices during SAN benchmarks.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EqualLogic PS6210XS Hands On Preview

The new EqualLogic arrays that were announced today have several optimizations like a 64 bit architecture, improved handling of 10GbE ports, more memory for the controllers and a firmware that better makes use of flash storage. Dell claims these enhancements will add up to 3X in performance gains for certain workloads. To put these claims to the test, Dell provided StorageReview with a pre-production version of the hybrid array, which follows up the EqualLogic PS6110XS we recently reviewed. While not a comprehensive review, expect that early 2014, early hands on time with the PS6210XS reveals quite a bit about what Dell has been up to in the EqualLogic engineering labs. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS214se Review

The DiskStation DS214se is Synology's economical two-bay NAS with the capability to host, share, and protect data and is optimized to be an personal NAS server running the ever incomparable DiskStation Manager (DSM). The DS214se is quoted to deliver an average write speeds under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment of 102MB/s read and 58MB/s write. Synology says the "se" stands for "single-role edition," which generally means it's targeted to single-user environments. Synology is quick to mention though that just because it's low-cost, doesn't mean it's short on any of the core Synology features. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LightPulse Gen5 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Review

The Emulex LightPulse LPe16002B is a Gen 5 fibre channel PCIe 3.0 Host Bus Adapter with an emphasis on high IOPS performance, response time, and wattage efficiency. Gen 5 16GFC fibre channel aims to eliminate throughput bottlenecks in an effort to support businesses with a greater need for steady, fast application performance, while also remaining reliable and simple and manage. With a great balance of speed, cost-effectiveness, scalability, compatibility, and environmentally-friendly standards (and support for Gen 5 16GFC/8GFC/4GFC devices), the LPe16002B is a solid addition to Emulex's line of widely-used HBAs, particularly for enterprise environments that have a need for great amounts of virtualization and large, business-critical applications.

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by Alexandra Haskell

G-Technology G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt Review

The G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt is designed for heavy media users needing high performance transfer speeds and the ability to work on digital content efficiently. The G-Dock is a one of a kind dual-bay storage system and ships with two G-Drive ev hard drives that are dual purpose. Plug the cartridge-esque hard drives into the G-Dock to experience the high performance Thunderbolt interface. Take the drives out and connect via USB 3.0 for fast portable drive access. While the G-Dock ev is built around on-the-go Mac users who need portable storage at the desk and on the go, the ev also offers flexibility for unique workflows like production workflows that require the frequent sharing of large file sets.  Read more

by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R820 12G Review

The Dell PowerEdge R820 is a versatile and high-performance 2U rack server intended for compute and storage-intensive applications and virtualization in midsize and large enterprises. The R820 provides 48 memory DIMMs with up to 1.5TB of DDR3 along with seven PCIe 3.0 slots, support for optional GPU accelerators, and a selection of Dell Select Network Adapters for connectivity to various major network fabrics without requiring a PCIe slot. The R820 is also available with a compelling feature for accelerating the server’s I/O operations: four optional hot-plug, front-access Express Flash PCIe SSDs for high-performance in-box storage tiering.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperWorkstation 5037A-i Review

The Supermicro SuperWorkstation 5037A-i is a high-end workstation that is comprised of the SC732D4-903B mid-tower chassis and the single-processor X9SRA Intel Xeon motherboard. The X9SRA can be loaded with up to 512GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory (512GB DDR3 ECC LRDIMM, 256GB DDR3 ECC RDIMM or 64GB DDR3 ECC/non-ECC UDIMM) and supports up to the Intel Xeon E5-1600/E5-2600 v2 series processor family. The 5037A-i SuperWorkstation comes equipped with an 80 PLUS High Efficiency Gold Certified 900W PSU, tool-less and rotating 3.5" hard drive cages, as well as whisper quiet 21db cooling system geared towards office operating conditions. The entire platform is designed to be highly reliable and easy to maintain to lower its operating costs and maximize uptime.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review

The WD Blackis a combination drive for portable users that presents both a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD to the host system leveraging only a single SATA port. Rather than only enhance their hybrid HDD portfolio, WD Labs came up with the idea to essentially sandwich two drives together. The architecture is both novel and pretty impressive. Each drive is managed by a controller that plays traffic cop, directing the IO to each drive from the single SATA port. The drive comes in just the single 1TB/120GB capacity point and has a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 530 Review

Intel launched the SSD 530 series as a progressive update on their SSD 520 line, moving away from the 25nm NAND flash and incorporating new SandForce silicon with 20nm flash for more efficient power consumption. The 530 series also consolidates Intel's various form factors which previously carried different model numbers.14 new products don the SSD 530 brand in a variety of different form factors; standard 2.5", mSATA and M.2. As was the case with their previous series, Intel has optimized the SandForce firmware to deliver a combination of performance and reliability. 

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