The demand for storage never ebbs and companies like EMC and NetApp are poised to benefit. EMC is the largest storage player in the enterprise and has key consumer assets such as Iomega and Mozy. Storage touches everything from the data center to that iPod in your pocket. A key trend: Solid state drive adoption. Other key players: Seagate, Sandisk and Western Digital.
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IBM's Storwize V7000 is a mid-range SAN disk array with some very high-end features. Its data migration and virtualisation capabilities are well suited to organisations with SAN disk arrays in need of consolidation or replacement.
Dane-Elec's MyDitto is a competitively priced 1TB NAS box offering impressively straightforward remote access, although it lacks one or two common features.
Data Robotics has taken its self-managing storage technology and added dedicated iSCSI Gigabit interfaces to create a fast, reliable and extremely usable small-business SAN appliance.
This neat 4-drive NAS box will fit in pretty much anywhere and, if you need the added enterprise-level features, is good value for money.
Don't let its size or consumer heritage fool you: the StorageWorks X510 is a powerful backup, sharing and remote access solution that's ideal for smaller offices with limited IT support.
As virtualisation technology spreads through the datacentre, the race is on to develop ways of sharing out data to virtual servers and desktops in large numbers.
DroboPro is a business-class RAID storage array that accepts virtually any SATA disk on the market, supports iSCSI and pretty much looks after itself. What more could you want?
Drobo Pro is a business-class RAID storage array that accepts virtually any SATA disk on the market, supports iSCSI and pretty much looks after itself. What more could you want?
The ReadyNAS NVX is a highly capable network storage appliance that will work equally well in a small or medium-sized business or at home. It supports a wide range of protocols and is easy to manage.
For sharing media files and other documents on a home network, the DNS-343 would be fine. For business use, the awkward permissions system makes management more difficult than it needs to be.
This is an excellent backup solution for small businesses, and more cost-effective than tape at this end of the market. Performance could be better, but that's our only real concern.
Although Seagate's BlackArmor 440 is not the easiest NAS server to set up and use, it's a good choice for small businesses and advanced users.
Seagate's FreeAgent Go is our favourite portable hard drive to date, earning it an Editors' Choice award. The drive is well designed and fast, and you won't find better value for money.
Hitachi's SMS100 is an excellent mid-range iSCSI storage system that uses RAID6 to maintain fault tolerance even when one disk has failed.
If data security is paramount, the DataTraveler BlackBox is the USB flash drive of choice, despite its relatively high cost.