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Editor choice HP ProLiant ML150 Gen9 Review

HP ProLiant ML150 Gen9 Review

The ProLiant ML150 Gen9 combines a powerful processing package with big expansion plans and all at an affordable price. There’s little not to like about it making this an ideal choice for small businesses looking for their first purpose-built tower server.

Best price Synology RackStation RS18016xs+ Review
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Synology RackStation RS18016xs+ Review

For a 12-bay NAS appliance, the RS18016xs+ is a tad expensive as although Qnap’s TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP doesn’t have as high an expansion potential, a diskless model does cost over $800 less. That said, Synology makes up for this lack of value by offering a superb range of features, the best surveillance app, good ...

Synology DiskStation DS715
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Synology DiskStation DS715

The DS715 isn’t much of a performance upgrade from the DS713+ as its Alpine CPU has some limitations which are most noticeable when handling encrypted folders. It’s not as good value as Qnap’s Celeron equipped TS-253 Pro either, but Synology’s DSM software delivers a fantastic range of features which includes classy ...

Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 Review
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Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 Review

The My Cloud DL4100 is very simple to install and is to be recommended if you want your users to have easy cloud access to its storage. It doesn’t stack up well against the likes of Synology and Qnap for features but it does score for value as few other vendors can deliver as high a capacity for such a low price.

Editor choice HP MSA 2040 Storage Review
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HP MSA 2040 Storage Review

HP sets new standards in the SMB storage market as its latest MSA 2040 delivers a remarkable range of enterprise features at a price SMBs will love. The converged data ports add to its versatility while the integral data tiering is completely automated and capable of delivering a big boost to performance.

Best value Synology DiskStation DS1515
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Synology DiskStation DS1515

The DS1515 can’t equal performance of the DS1515+ but if this isn’t a high priority, then save some cash and go for this cheaper model. You can’t upgrade its memory, but the DS1515 is just as well built, has the same high expansion potential and delivers an impressive range of storage features.

Synology RackStation RC18015xs+
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Synology RackStation RC18015xs+

With Synology’s DSM at the helm, the RC18015xs+ delivers an unbeatable range of storage features backed up by fault tolerant clustering and BTRFS snapshots. However, our main issues with this solution are it doesn’t provide transparent failover and for an active/passive architecture, it’s expensive.

Best seller Qnap TS-453mini
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Qnap TS-453mini

The TS-453mini surprises on a number of counts as it’s packed with features and delivers a performance that belies its compact dimensions. The 8GB model is good value as well but keep a polishing cloth handy as the shiny black exterior shows every fingerprint.

Best price Thecus N5810Pro Zero-Crash
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Thecus N5810Pro Zero-Crash

Thecus still lags some way behind Synology and Qnap for storage features but the N5810Pro scores very well for value as its over $100 cheaper that Synologys 5-bay DS1515+ appliance. It delivered an impressive performance in our lab tests, is easy to install and has the added bonus of an integral mini-UPS included in ...

Best value Qnap TS-451U
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Qnap TS-451U

The TS-451U teams up an impressive range of features with plenty of storage capacity and room to grow. Overall performance is good, the QTS software offers excellent backup and replication utilities and it’s very good value as well.