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Software-based NAS offers free/low-cost storage

Earlier this year we tested Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. Now we're reviewing software-based NAS that you can load onto your own equipment -- whether it's a PC, server, virtual machine, or in the cloud.

Review: Box beats Dropbox -- and all the rest -- for business

Box trumps Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix ShareFile, EMC Syncplicity, and OwnCloud with rich mix of file sync, file sharing, user management, deep reporting, and enterprise integration

Review: Flash your way to better VMware performance

PernixData FVP clusters server-side flash to improve virtual machine performance and reduce SAN latency

Having fun with super-fast storage drives

In my role as multimedia content editor for IDG Enterprise, I find myself with lots of video footage, which takes up a ton of storage capacity. Backing up that footage to external storage drives can take a long time, especially if you're using older transfer technologies, such as USB 2.0. Fortunately, there are some faster devices and transfer connections now available, here are two recent drives (and a docking station) that can help speed up your personal file storage transfer dilemmas:

How to Beat Storage Bottlenecks in a Flash

When a data visualization and analysis software provider found that its backend storage was slowing down its developers, it resisted the urge to add capacity. Instead, it turned to a software solution that scales storage performance using virtualization.

The Grill: Gino Pokluda gains control of an unwieldy database system

Gino Pokluda, manager of service improvement and innovation at Presbyterian Health Plan, sliced storage in the company's database environments from 80TB to 35TB using database management software.

IT grapples with personal cloud storage use

The BYOD trend is driving increased use of personal cloud-based storage services such as Box, Copy, Dropbox, Evernote, Mozy and SugarSync. But are enterprises ready for the results? Insider (registration required)

Big data storage doesn't have to break the bank

The era of big data requires new storage strategies. But thanks to faster and smarter technologies, these approaches don't have to break the bank.

Don't Live in Fear of Your Cloud Storage Provider Going Under

The closure of cloud storage provider Nirvanix sent a chill through the cloud storage industry and its customers, but is it really a big deal?

Review: Samsung's most affordable, triple-level cell SSD

Samsung claims its latest consumer drive, one of a new generation of three-bits-per-cell NAND flash devices, has the same endurance and performance, but a lower price, than its predecessors.

3 wireless media hubs: Extra storage for mobile devices

Wireless media hubs let you take along as much storage as you need and power your mobile devices besides. We look at three of the latest.

14 Things You Need to Know About Data Storage Management

"When it comes to storing data, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' solution," says Orlando Scott-Cowley, Messaging, Security and Storage Evangelist at Mimecast, a cloud and mobile data storage and security provider.

7 mobile hard drives: More portable and more powerful

Mobile hard drives have become lighter and smaller while offering higher capacities at lower prices. We look at 7 of the latest models to help you choose.

HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management

Review: SanDisk's wireless mobile flash drives -- one of them's a winner

SanDisk this week released its first wireless external flash drives, offering mobile device users up to 64GB of capacity for streaming movies or storing photos. But only one of the two drives is a clear winner.

Review: QNAP NAS meets XBMC media center

QNAP's TS-669L can store all your content and play it directly to your TV, though HD playback could be smoother

3 new SSDs to boost your laptop's speed

Seagate, Samsung and OCZ have launched new consumer-class SSDs. We benchmarked all three to find which one has the best performance.

DBX 2013: Photos from Dropbox's first-ever developer conference

For a cloud storage provider, Dropbox puts on quite a show. On Tuesday it held its inaugural developer conference in San Francisco, and there was plenty of colorful activity to see.

A NAS box for all seasons

We tested five Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances, ranging from 4T to 18TB in capacity and targeted for small offices and businesses with up to 20 to 25 users. All are more-or-less in the same price range: about $700 to $2,000 with drives.

Here, there, everywhere: 3 personal cloud storage systems

While cloud storage services like Dropbox or Box are very useful, they can become costly -- and who is controlling your data? One of these three personal cloud storage systems could be your alternative.