The top 10 products of 2010

The GCN Lab picks the best of the best from the products it reviewed this year. Any of these superstar products will serve well in the office, and do it better than other products in its class.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Grading the latest in mail servers

The GCN Lab takes a look inside five mail servers and finds they all have their strengths and weaknesses — and Exchange still rules the roost.

Solid-state drives move toward the mainstream

The Intel X25-M Mainstream Serial ATA SSD offers reliable and fast performance at a steep, but decreasing, cost.

Sans Digital EliteNAS

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.

Gaining Virtual V-locity

The V-locity software package can fix a few inherent problems with virtualization, like cluttered disks and ever-expanding space needs.

A breakdown on common RAID configurations

A primer on common RAID configurations and their advantages and disadvantages for storage.

WD ShareSpace

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.

LaCie 5big Network

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.

NAS appliances cover the middle ground of extra storage

The GCN Lab tests four 4T — and one 5T — NAS systems that are capable of a variety of RAID configurations.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440

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.

Buffalo TeraStation III

The TeraStation III returned the fastest transfer rates in our performance tests in both directions, but we thought its price was a little high.

Capturx is useful addition to digital pen world

The Adapx Capturx for Microsoft Office OneNote works simply but effectively to capture handwriting and drawings in a digital format.

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