Small SAN/NAS (up to 8 bays) Reviews
by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review

Western Digital announced the WD Sentinel DX4000 last month in an effort to bring easy to configure NAS storage to SMBs with fewer than 25 employees. At the core of the Sentinel is Microsoft's Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, an Intel 1.8 GHz Atom dual-core processor and two or four WD RE4-GP hard drives. Western Digital sells the Sentinel pre-configured with drives in either 4TB or 8TB models right now, with 6TB and 12TB models coming early next year. Given the Sentinel arrives with drives and is ready to roll, all it takes to get going is powering the unit up and connecting to the network, which is great for those who aren't used to dealing with storage appliances. Given the Microsoft software though, there's still plenty to tweak under the covers should SMBs with access to IT professionals care to do so.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS712+ Review

Synology has a tradition of delivering excellent high-performance Network Attached Storage products that are both flexible and affordable. The last time we took a look at a 3.5" hard drive based Synology DiskStation was last year, when we gave the DS411+ a shining review because of its incredibly easy-to-use setup and accompanying software. Today, we are reviewing the DS712+, Synology’s latest performance-oriented 2-bay model.

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by Tom Streeter

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 First Look Review (8TB)

Western Digital, a mainstay of the consumer hard drive market, is announcing today its first product aimed at businesses with fewer than 25 employees. The WD Sentinel DX4000 is a NAS device built around a 1.8GHz Atom processor and using Microsoft Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials as its operating system. The company announced that it was entering the SMB market space last July and is betting that the reputation it's built among consumers will carry over to small organizations made up of those same consumers. They stress that the unit is designed for non-technical professionals and will require little maintenance once configured.

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by Thomas Sullivan

LaCie 5big Network 2 Review

LaCie and beautiful design intuitively go together, thanks to years of LaCie regularly pumping out great looking storage devices. The LaCie 5big Network 2 is no different, sporting the classic aluminum body around a 5-bay NAS that comes pre-configured in 5TB, 10TB and 15TB capacities. This NAS isn't just all looks though, it's a performer as well with transfers up to 70 MB/s and a brand new firmware dubbed NAS OS 2.0, makes NAS management easy.

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by Kevin OBrien

Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Review (RNDU6000)

Netgear offers a tremendous range of storage products - from 248GB enterprise rack units to the little two-bay ReadyNAS designed for home, small office use. Few companies can say they bring Enterprise-level experience to the job when designing home or small business gear, but for Netgear it's the truth. Today we're looking at something in between, the ReadyNAS Ultra 6, a six-bay unit that we must say, is built like a tank. This bruiser of a NAS is powered by a dual-core 1.66Ghz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM - which is good enough for the Ultra 6 to deliver up to 15 concurrent streams.  

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by Brian Beeler

Synology DiskStation DS410j Review

Plenty of options exist these days for sharing media on a home or business network; from routers with USB-drive support to dedicated NAS-servers. When looking to purchase one of these models you generally don’t know where to look and once you actually do end up buying one, most are difficult or clunky to setup. Synology is a developer of friendly and easy to use NAS-servers ranging from models supporting 10-disk RAID arrays to small single-drive home servers. In this review we look at the Synology DiskStation DS410j, which is a 4-bay home and small business NAS-unit with a wide range of options running on latest DiskStation Manager (DSM) software.

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