by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review (256GB)

Earlier this year SanDisk launched yet another massive portable flash drive with the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1. The latest version comes with capacities as high as 256GB (there is also a 128GB version available). The drive has also made a major leap in potential performance, this time with quoted speeds of 420MB/s read and 380MB/s write in a small package with retractable USB port.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial Releases MX500 SSD

Crucial has expanded its MX line of SSDs with the introduction of the MX500. This new SSD is being billed as an HDD replacement that seriously kicks up the overall performance of the system. Crucial is releasing the drive in two form factors, M.2 and 2.5”, as well as capacities up to 2TB (2.5”).

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7920 Rack Workstation Review

Dell’s Precision 7920 Rack is the company’s newest performance-driven, 2U-form-factor-desktop workstation designed for complex projects such as virtual-reality workflows. This powerful workstation provides datacenter protection, access to shared storage, IT management and control, security and more. It also features pretty much everything a server needs, including iDrac support (which allows admins to remotely deploy, update, monitor and maintain the Precision workstation seamlessly). Moreover, because the 7920 is of the 2U form factor, workers won’t have to deal with a noisy computer around their workspace, as the 7920 sits nicely tucked away in a server room among other rack devices.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1817 is a high capacity, full-featured NAS solution that promises to bring high-end functionality and performance to the SMB market, all at an affordable price point. Whereas the DS1817+ is optimized for encryption and intensive tasks, the DS1817 is specced to potentially deliver higher data-transfer rates. It comes equipped with built-in, dual 10GbE LAN and dual Gigabit ports, and support for link aggregation and failover functions. Moreover, with its 8-bay configuration, the DS1817 is a very scalable device as it supports a maximum of 18 drives using two DX517 Synology expansion units for a whopping total of 216TB via 12TB drives.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces XG5-P 2TB M.2 NVMe

Today Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA) announced that it was expanding the XG5 lineup of NVMe SSDs, with the new XG5-P. The new drive is based on the same 64-layer, 3D BiCS FLASH memory as the XG5. The new drive series comes with up to 55% improvement in random read/write performance as well as capacities as high as 2TB, twice the capacity of the XG5.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces UFS Devices Leveraging 64-Layer BiCS Flash

Today Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA) announced that it has began sampling Universal Flash Storage (UFS) devices utilizing its 64-layer BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory. TMA states that these new devices will be able to meet performance demands of applications that demand high-speed read/write performance and low power consumption. Ideal use cases will be in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as augmented /virtual reality systems.

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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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