Direct Attached Storage - Top 5
Ah, the Drobo - one of my all-time favorites. The Drobo 5D is truly a next-generation storage solution, and one that encompasses what external storage is all about - protection. While this unit will set you back a good $699, the build quality and storage simplicity is truly amazing.
LaCie 5Big Thunderbolt
For creative professionals that crave extreme performance there is no other place to look than the lightning fast 5Big Thunderbolt from LaCie. In our testing, we reached 750 MB/s reads and 700 MB/s writes all without sacrificing storage capacity.
CalDigit AV Pro
The CalDigit AV Pro offers users the ability to swap drives and entire drive caddies with ease. Whether you're archiving data or streaming your workloads, the AV Pro was one of the best storage solutions we laid our hands on this year.
Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt
The theme this year is Thunderbolt, as made apparent by the abundance of devices on the market. The MyBook Thunderbolt isn't a screamer in terms of performance, but it does offer RAID 0 and RAID 1 support with performance numbers around 250 MB/s read and write in RAID 0. The build quality of this unit rock solid and the unit tends to blend into your desktop, much like the entire MyBook lineup.
TeraTrend is the storage brand of SilverStone. After having the opportunity to look over a few of their units personally, I am really impressed by the build quality and thought that goes into their products. The TS432U is a quad-bay unit that offers USB 3.0 and eSATA support, along with RAID options including 0, 1, 3, 5 and 10. Additionally, the device can act as a drive duplicator making this storage solution very unique.