Data Storage: Critical Testing Criteria: Desktop Storage

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-11-12 Print this article Print
Critical Testing Criteria: Desktop Storage

Critical Testing Criteria: Desktop Storage

by P. J. Connolly
Desktop storage devices are a simple solution to the problem of having more data to work with than a single computer can comfortably accommodate. Unlike smaller, more portable drive enclosures, these are not meant to be thrown in a bag, but instead are often connected to a network to act as a shared resource for a workgroup. Depending on the number of physical drives, it is possible to configure various levels of RAID support for extra data protection, as well; RAID 5 allows for the failure of one disk, and RAID 6 will protect against two drives going bad. Some devices come with enough in the way of preinstalled applications (providing in some cases access control, database, log repository, media presentation and Web server functions), that they can be considered a server appliance, especially when remote management capabilities and UPS support are added to the mix. Here are eight things that eWEEK Labs recommends you consider when shopping for desktop storage.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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