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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Western Digital My Cloud Mirror - Consumer Mirrored Cloud Storage

07/09/2014 - 10:50

Introduction: Late last year, Western Digital launched their My Cloud series, first with a single-drive My Cloud, and immediately followed up with a beefier small-office product, the 4-drive My Cloud EX4. Then earlier this year, they filled My Cloud...

Performance, Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

07/08/2014 - 13:07

Performance: With the My Cloud Mirror directly connected to our testbed (static IP) to minimize network traffic interference, we performed some large file copies to and from the Mirror: Write: [inline:files/review/2014-07-08/my cloud mirror - 62.png]...

Desktop and Mobile Software

07/08/2014 - 12:31

Desktop Software: There are several options available depending on what you'd like to accomplish. You can view the software download page directly at this link. Here's a pic for reference: [inline:files/review/2014-07-08/downloads.png]

Dashboard and Apps

07/08/2014 - 12:00

Dashboard: Here are some shots of the various dashboard options on the My Cloud. There is some additional detail / slides on the equivalent page of our EX2 piece: [inline:files/review/2014-07-08/my cloud mirror - 15.png] If desired, you can configure...

Internals and Setup

07/08/2014 - 11:39

Internals: Here's the My Cloud Mirror with the lid popped: [inline:files/review/2014-07-08/DSC01557.JPG] Drives can be easily hot swapped with the device still on, though the swaps are not completely tool-less as you'd have to swap over the...

Tidbits from the 2014 Samsung SSD Summit

07/01/2014 - 20:53

Here are some goodies from yesterdays briefings at the 2014 Samsung SSD Summit: Slides from the 3D V-NAND discussion. These provide some additional visuals for what I explained in the intro to the 850 PRO series SSD review: [inline:files/news/2014-07-01/...

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB Full Review - NAND Goes 3D!

06/30/2014 - 21:05

Samsung has certainly been pushing the envelope in the SSD field. For the past two years straight, they have launched class leading storage products, frequently showing outside-the-box thinking. Their 840 PRO series was an impressive MLC performer to say...

Where in the world is Allyn Malventano?

06/30/2014 - 15:01

Chicago? [inline:files/news/2014-06-30/IMG_6649.JPG] Tokyo? [inline:files/news/2014-06-30/IMG_6738.JPG] Seeking asylum at some random baggage claim area? [inline:files/news/2014-06-30/IMG_6756.JPG] Guess again. Here's a hint: [inline:files/news/2014-...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/30/2014 - 13:27

Conclusion: PROS: Outstanding performance Excellent fragmentation resiliency 10 Year Warranty (yeah, I said it) CONS:

Performance Over Time and TRIM

06/30/2014 - 13:10

Performance Over Time: After a particularly fragmenting portion of our test sequence, I run a couple of HDTach passes to get a feel for how well the drive can defragment portions of itself on-the-fly, and without TRIM at play. I use these results to...