NVELO DATAPLEX CACHING SOFTWARE REVIEW ANALYSIS
Four years ago the storage industry introduced consumers to the world of SSDs and SSD technology has jumped by leaps and bounds since. Today, I write this article on a 2.47 lb Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook that is just over .5″ think and contains a SSD that is pushing out 500MB/s transfer speeds and has access times 90 times above that of a hard drive. Beat that.
In this barrage of SSD releases however, the consumer has been very clear in the fact that there are three factors that must be met in their storage needs; performance, capacity and value. Solid state drives have speed but no value when considering capacity whereas hard drives have capacity and value without the performance of the SSD. Where do we go from here?
NVELO seems to have found that key element where we have shown, with just about every mSATA available today, that performance, capacity and value are within reach. If you are lucky enough to have a Lenovo, Dell or any other Latop that can utilize both mSATA and a hard drive, we are within steps of finally finding having that performance and capacity at a price easily below $200.
We have tested Dataplex on two available OCZ products and seven additional mSATA products and the resulting performance of the hard drive cached is very similar to that of the SSD in each instance. In addition, the ‘hot data’ that is cached remains on the SSD even after the system is shut down resulting in lightning fast start times and just as fast performance the next time you turn the system back on.
The problem seems to now fall on the shoulders of NVELO. OCZ was quick to latch on to Dataplex and their sales of both the RevoDrive 3 Hybrid PCIe and the Synapse SSD are phenomenal. They have the desktop crowd. But what about laptop users? Unfortunately, NVELO is not ‘yet’ available to the consumer. I can take a very educated guess, however, that laptop manufacturers are looking Dataplex over very carefully and the thought of a consumer release Dataplex software package is being thrown around that company. It is simply too smart of a decision as far as we are concerned.
At the end of the day, as much as I would like to award this product with Editors Choice, its lack of consumer availability is a huge consideration that NVELO should try to overcome. I am happy to present our Innovation Award and this report will be revisited and updated as soon as this product is available to consumer!
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