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NVELO Dataplex SSD Caching Software Review – Seven mSATA SSDs Prove An Amazing Concept

One of the largest voids consumers have spoken of in storage technology has been the inability to combine our new found speed of SSDs with the capacity of the hard drive.

Our latest review of the Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook reached new heights with SSD speeds of 550MB/s now possible in laptops as light as 2.4lbs and just over 1/2″ thick but this still leaves a question of capacity.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the speed of the SSD combined with the capacity of a hard drive in a notebook solution without breaking the bank?  Well, it is not a possibility with our Z830 but for the Lenovo X220 and any other notebook with mSATA and HDD storage combined, this may not be such a far reach.

Lets take this one step further.  Today’s review will not be your typical quick one off of what most likely will be a reality in the near future, but rather, an initial break in of our Lenovo X220 laptop in testing NVELO Dataplex with every mSATA that we could muster up.  We think this will probably be the leading collection of mSATA SSDs on the web today with manufacturers such as Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Kingston, AData, Runcore and Renice all taking part.


NVELO was formed in 2010 when Cadence Design Systems acquired Denali Software and a few Denali employees saw the viability of a new design in caching software as a great solution in today’s storage environment. NVELO subsequently became its own entity and is now in the business of marketing Dataplex, a storage caching software that just makes too much sense to believe it is anything less than a breakthrough.


Dataplex simply uses a SSD to create a ‘high performance’ cache for your hard drive.  This cache can be used from an SSD as small as 32GB and gives your hard drive very close performance to that of your SSD.  OCZ was the first to support NVELO and our recent reviews of both the RevoDrive 3 Hybrid PCIe SSD and the Synapse Cache SSD show that this software is going to open some eyes.


Dataplex manages the entire hard drive and caches the ‘hot’ data while leaving the ‘cold’ data on the hard drive.  The software actually learns and remembers which applications and data are used most and retains that information on the SSD.  A great example of this occurs during system start up.

The typical computer might start at over a minute with a hard drive alone, whereas it starts in 15 seconds with an SSD.  With Dataplex, it not only starts the cached hard drive at the time of the SSD, but also, you can turn your system off and come back tomorrow for that 15 second start up once again.  Dataplex remembers and retains the files that are used most.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • needtoknowmore

    how were you able to get the dataplex software on to the other SSDs??I thought it was just installed on the OCZ?

    • Les@TheSSDReview

      We have a close relationship with NVELO who have provided us with open copies of the software for the purpose of such reviews.

      • John Lyu

        So I’m guessing I can’t get my hands on that software right now. I have a Intel 525 mSATA SSD installed in my notebook with a 1TB 3 gb/s/5400RPM HDD as the main drive. I can’t use IRST because my notebook does not have RAID mode available. If I can’t use that special copy of the software can you recommend one that could give me caching abilities for my ssd?

      • Les@TheSSDReview

        Unfortunately there is none…sorry.

      • John Lyu

        Thanks for the reply. I was able to purchase a Intel 520 6GB for less than $1/gb so I don’t think I’ll need a caching software.

  • MRFS

    FYI: there’s a thread here which started out discussing SuperCache 5,
    and then migrated into a discussion of FancyCache:


  • Mohdali

    I already have my Dell Precision running on 128GB SSD drive from crucial
    Will I get any benefit by deploying another SSD as cache and installing the dataplex software ?

    • Les@TheSSDReview

      No benefit at all SSD to SSD. Dataplex is intended to benefit HDD use.

  • Marco Penna

    question: I am using Dataplex. Does the data just migrate from HDD to SSD or is it copied there while remaining safely on my HDD? Many people are reporting a Win7 loss or system crashing while using this software.

    • Les@TheSSDReview

      Only the ‘hot’ data is moved to your SSD and the hard drive remains unchanged. The drive needs to be uninstalled properly to gain access to the hard drive alone as it was prior to its use with the caching software however.

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