by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-253B NAS Review

The QNAP TS-253B is the company’s latest 2-bay NAS solution to hit the market. Completely redesigned with a slick new build, the TS-253B features a PCIe port that can be equipped with a QNAP QM2 expansion card that supports dual M.2 SSDs and 10GbE connectivity, compatible wireless cards to turn the NAS into a wireless access point, and a USB 3.1 10Gbps card for faster backup transfer speeds to and from multiple external storage devices. The TS-253B also comes equipped with a USB Type-C QuickAccess port and a SD card slot, and supports 4K (30Hz) video playback with real-time transcoding.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Releases Portable NVMe Drive

Today Netstor Technology released a new portable NVMe flash device with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C interface, the NA611TB3. The NA611TB3 can house two M.2 NVMe such as the Samsung 960 EVO and be configured in either RAID1 or RAID0. Netstor states that users can see performance up to 2.75GB/s, depending on the M.2 drives chosen.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo Announces Three New Workstations

Lenovo has announced several new workstations including the ThinkStation P520 and compact P520c tower. Boasting 4.5GHz and up to 18 cores, the P520 and P520c are part of Lenovo’s new line of mainstream, single-CPU workstations that support the latest Intel Xeon W processors and up to dual NVIDIA Quadro P6000 professional graphics cards. They have been designed to provide the performance, reliability and optimized acceleration needed to excel in demanding workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.3.4 Beta Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of QTS 4.3.4 Beta for ARM-based QNAP NAS devices. In this new update, QNAP devices featuring AnnapurnaLabs processors with as low as 1GB of RAM can support snapshots making system protection more accessible for entry-level models. Moreover, users can now set snapshot reservation space so they can ensure that it has adequate dedicated space for saving snapshots.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases 3 New DiskStations

Synology announced even more ’18 models to its popular DiskStation line of NAS this week. The company announced the new DS218play, DS218j, and DS118. These new NAS devices are all on the smaller side, 1- to 2-bays, and are all powered by the award-winning DSM.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Optane 900P SSD Series

Today Intel launched its next phase of Optane based products with the release of the Optane 900P SSD Series. This series marks the second release of Optane technologies for consumer and the first that is more like a traditional SSD, the Optane Memory functioned more like a caching device. Intel will also be working with the developers of the MMORPG, Star Citizen, to include a free copy of the game and come DLC.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS HDD 12TB Review

Seagate has expanded its Guardian Series of HDDs with even higher capacity version. On the NAS front, Seagate has taken both its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro and expanded the capacity up to 12TB per drive. The IronWolf Pro is designed specifically for use in NAS devices and is aimed toward creative professionals, SOHO, and SME markets. While both drives share many of the same features, the Pro version supports up to 16 drive bays, has a higher mean time between failures (1.2 million hours), has rotational vibration sensors on all capacities, and is better optimized for multi-users (300TB/year).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Review (12TB)

As data requirements continue to rapidly grow, so does the cost of managing storage through devices such as NAS solutions. This puts organizations in a tight spot, as their budgets don’t necessarily correlate with this massive growth, which is why new high-capacity releases like Seagate IronWolf 12TB is so attractive: it helps to lower the total cost of ownership and gives organizations the ability to and stay within and better manage their budgets. The company has also released a Pro version of the drive, reviewed here.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook x2 Detachable PC Announced

HP is set to showcase the new performance-driven HP ZBook x2 detachable PC today at the 2017 Adobe MAX conference. Built for artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need a powerful mobile solution that excels Adobe Creative Cloud and other professional applications, the HP ZBook x2 is dubbed the world’s first detachable workstation.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TR200 SSD Review

The Toshiba TR200 is a budget-friendly drive that features both low power consumption during operation and cost savings. The TR200 Series is the company’s first consumer SSD equipped with 64-Layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC BiCS FLASH, technology that previously only shipped with OEM products. Though Toshiba has indicated that their retail SSDs will now be branded under their name (while OCZ will act as a sub-series), they will have the same performance of OCZ drives and will still target the same markets.

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