The GCN Lab tests four 4T — and one 5T — NAS systems that are capable of a variety of RAID configurations.
The WD ShareSpace isn't the fastest NAS appliance in the review, but it comes at a good price and could be sufficient for some environments.
Sans Digital's EliteNAS EN104L+BXE is a 1U rackmount appliance with powerful disk manipulation options and more ports than other appliances in this roundup. But it does requires a bit of skill to set up.
The V-locity software package can fix a few inherent problems with virtualization, like cluttered disks and ever-expanding space needs.
A primer on common RAID configurations and their advantages and disadvantages for storage.
The BlackArmor NAS 440 is a secure, four-drive NAS that you can quickly and easily set up. In file transfer tests, its download rates were in the middle of a tight pack, but it fell a bit behind on upload speeds.
The TeraStation III returned the fastest transfer rates in our performance tests in both directions, but we thought its price was a little high.
Even with lackluster performance, the $1,060 price for the LaCie 5big Network 301355U is pretty good for a five-bay appliance. And if you want easy setup or eSATA ports, this could be the one for you.
If law enforcement or the military needs to hack an MMC/SD card, the Crowbar is a perfect tool. It has a few minor flaws and limited usage, which we feel makes it too pricey in its current form. But within those parameters, it works well.
Security Blanket will automatically lock down Web-facing servers that run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS or Sun Solaris.
The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 doesn't break new ground, because the 1030SW already did that, but it does push further into the rugged space.
The Adapx Capturx for Microsoft Office OneNote works simply but effectively to capture handwriting and drawings in a digital format.
The WFBS was designed for offices or agencies that have few or no network administrators or bare-bones IT support. Trend Micro engineered this small, robust piece of software to be almost completely automated.
Despite the high-sticker price, we found the versatility, compatibility, features and ease of use make Sophos worth the Reviewer’s Choice designation for the best antivirus solution in this roundup for midsize to large networks.
Triumphant earns a Reviewer’s Choice for its ease of use, features and capabilities, such as its ability to scan more than 200,000 attributes on every client and detect and fix changes in minutes.