Data Storage: Critical Testing Criteria: Desktop Storage
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.