by Lyle Smith

Netstor NA333TB3 Thunderbolt DAS Review

The Netstor NA333TB3 is a 16-bay Thunderbolt 3 Storage and PCIe Expansion solution designed for power users that need high local bandwidth with the ability to access multiple PCIe cards over a USB-C interface. The NA333TB3 does just that; Netstor has ensured that organizations and professionals can use virtually any RAID card model as well as other PCIe devices, allowing them to customize their builds based on their own use cases and demands. With a 16-port storage bays and three PCIe slots, the NA333TB3 can be used as an enterprise RAID storage solution with room for networking cards or other devices as well.

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by Lyle Smith

Netstor NS388 12Gbps SAS Expander Now Available

Netstor has released the NS388, a new 2.5" enterprise-level 12Gbps SAS Expander designed to save power, significantly improve business archiving and increase production efficiency. The Netstor NS388S is built as a high-density framework, featuring low space requirement and ultra-low power consumption design. Netstor indicates it will maintain fast data transfer to host, provide organizations with the option og dual SAS Expander modules and boast native 12Gbps SAS data support.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New NAND Flash Memory Products for Embedded Applications

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced a new family of NAND flash memory products for embedded applications, Toshiba’s Serial Interface NAND.  The Serial Interface NAND family is compatible with Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), and has a wide range of use-cases including flat screen TVs, printers, wearable devices, and robots. The Serial Interface NAND family consists of 12 products; includes three densities (1Gb, 2Gb and 4Gb); two packages (WSON and SOP); and two power supply voltages.

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by Adam Armstrong

SuperMicro SuperChassis 846BE1C-R1K28B Review

The SuperMicro SuperChassis 846BE1C-R1K28B is a 24-bay JBOD. The drive trays are hot-swappable and made for 3.5” HDDs (though an adaptor can be used to put in 2.5” HDDs or SSDs). If one were to use 8TB drives, such as HGST’s He8 drives, it would bring total maximum capacity up to 192TB. The SuperChassis can also be used as a Headunit and supports both Single and Dual Intel and AMD processors, and supports a variety of motherboards.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Announces Solutions For Red Hat, Ceph, And OpenStack

Today at the Red Hat Summit, Super Micro Computer Inc. announced that it would be delivering Open Source optimized solutions across its portfolio of computing and storage platforms. Supermicro’s Red Hat solutions will now support Linux 7 for open hybrid cloud and enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures. Supermicro also announced that its next generation X10 Storage Servers will be optimized for Ceph.

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by Lyle Smith

PROMISE VTrak J5000 JBOD Expansion Units Now Available

PROMISE Technology has announced that its VTrak J5000 JBOD expansion units for cloud and enterprise data centers are now globally available, including the J5300s, J5320s, J5600s, and J5800s. Quoted to deliver double the bandwidth and throughput, the VTrak J5000 Series 12 Gb/s SAS subsystems deliver a SAS solution with enterprise level reliability and functionality while leveraging high-performance HDDs and SSDs. Previously, Promise announced their VSky A-Series software-defined Storage appliances, which is able to connect to Promise’s Vess and VTrak storage systems in order to create a unified storage pool.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams eDrawer4048J Review

The EchoStreams eDrawer4048J is a 48-bay 4U JBOD. Though it is a 4U device, it is uniquely dense in that it can hold 48 3.5” 6G SAS drives and is only 21” deep. Using 8TB drives (such as HGST’s He8 drives) would give the JBOD a maximum capacity of 384TB. The device also supports 8 SFF8644 ports giving it up to 96Gbps of SAS bandwidth to either host or expansion connections.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 JBOD Review

The ThinkServer SA120 by Lenovo is a 12-bay 2U JBOD that features an expansion capability to support four 2.5" drives (in addition to the 12 3.5" drives) with an optional SSD expansion pack for up to 51.2TB of storage. This positions the ThinkServer SA120 in a unique spot in the market, giving buyers the best of both worlds with flash cache plus high-capacity storage in a single compact storage shelf.

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by Tucker Mindrum

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 Review

LaCie has brought their design, performance, and Mac compatibility to another niche; rackmount direct attached storage. Their debut rack DAS solution, the 8big Rack, is also the fastest and highest-capacity Thunderbolt 2-compatible device on the market. As with almost all of their products, 8big Rack's Thunderbolt 2 interface provides easy plug and play connectivity for Mac users. They have seen that design and media professionals tend to use Apple products, so they made it as easy as possible for this customer-base to enhance their storage capabilities, while squeezing the fastest possible transfer speeds out of their HDDs. Like most of their products, LaCie designed this thing to look great next to any modern all-Mac setup. Thanks to Neil Poulton, their product designer, the 8big Rack has a sleek aluminum face and minimalistic design while providing up to 48TB of storage (with up to eight Seagate 6TB 7200RPM HDDs), 1330MB/s transfers (in a 4K video editing environment), and a slew of user-friendly features, all in a 1U form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 Now Available

LaCie has announced the availability of their LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. Originally announced back in April, the 8big Rack is the fastest, highest–capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on today’s market, with LaCie quoting speeds upwards of 1,330MB/s when equipped with eight Seagate 6TB 7200 RPM enterprise hard drives. The 8big Rack is also designed with 4K video workflows in mind, allowing it to deliver ample bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage so that videographers can work directly from RAW files in video editing software all the while seeing edits in real time. 

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