by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series Review

The QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series is a dual controller SAN designed to meet the needs of SMBs and ROBO. Supporting both Fibre Channel and iSCSI, the XS1200 can handle the requisite workloads. QSAN offers a wide variety of features in the array via SANOS 4.0 highlighted by thin provisioning, SSD read/write cache, tiering, snapshots, local volume clones and remote replication. Internally, the controllers are powered by Intel D1500 two-core CPUs and 4GB of DDR4 memory. For those who need to scale up, QSAN offers the XD5300 expansion unit; the XS1200 can support up to 286 drives in total.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP TS-1685 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-1685 is a 16-bay NAS with a somewhat unconventional configuration. The desktop form factor houses twelve 3.5" bays designed for hard drives and four 2.5" bays for SSDs. Better yet, QNAP has included six M.2 bays internally, which means users can load six more SATA SSDs should they like. Powering the TS-1685 is an Intel Xeon D Processor and support for up to 128GB in RAM. Turning to connectivity, the NAS has four GbE and two 10GbE ports on board. There are also three PCIe expansion slots that enable further connectivity options or add-on cards like more SSDs, graphics cards, audio cards and the like. Given all this flexibility and the myriad storage options, it's hard to pin down exactly the best place for the TS-1685. QNAP sees it as a great option for SMBs that need a combination of file shares, virtualized storage, backup targets, and application storage -- essentially making it a "jack-of-all-trades" for a growing small business or ROBO location.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Unveils Quad-core Rackmount TS-x53BU NAS Series

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. unveiled a new series of quad-core, rackmount NAS devices, the TS-x53U Series. These new NAS are available in 4-, 8-, and 12-bay designs with both single and redundant power supplies in either 1U or 2U form factors. The new series also comes with 4 Gigabit LAN ports and expandability for M.2 SSD and 10GbE connections making it an ideal choice for SMB that need stable, secure, and high-performance storage.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x73U NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has announced the availability of their new business-class TS-x73U series of NAS solutions. Available in 8, 12 and 16-bay models, this new line is powered by an AMD Embedded R-Series RX-421ND quad-core CPU and comes equipped with a dual-port 10GbE SFP+ network card and two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots. The rack-mountable TS-x73U series also features single and redundant power supply options and is designed for organizations that require a secure private cloud and efficient IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks. The TS-x73U series supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 and other advanced virtualization applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases New Generation Isilon Scale-Out NAS

Today Dell EMC unveiled the latest generation of its scale-out NAS platform, Isilon. The new Isilon is based off of the “Infinity” architecture and include All-Flash, hybrid and archive configurations. The new Isilon is designed for demanding file applications across a wide range of industries including media and entertainment, life sciences, and financial services.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.3.3 Now Available

QNAP has announced the official release of QTS 4.3.3, the company’s latest version of their smart NAS operating system for devices such as the TS-831XTS-453A and many more. Version 4.3.3 brings users a new streamlined interface as well as more “intelligence” to its NAS operations and applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3617xs is a 12-bay NAS solution built for high-performance for demanding business applications, and helps businesses centralize their storage, simplify data management, and seamlessly deploy virtualization solutions. The RS3617xs comes equipped with four Gigabit ports, dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots that can host 10GbE NICs, and supports SSD cache for improved throughput.

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QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches New RackStations & Expansion Units

Today Synology Inc. announced that it was launching new RackStations and expansion units. The new RackStations are the RS18017xs+ and RS4017xs+ and the new expansion units are RX2417sas and RX1217sas. The upgrade centers around delivering more processing power and higher scalability.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Reveals New 16-bay NAS, Thunderbolt3 Connectivity, 4K Capability, & More

Today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, QNAP Inc. made several announcements around its NAS lines. These announcements include several enhancements such as new Thunderbolt 3 solutions, Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet (T2E) converter technology, new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and new 4K live-streaming/broadcasting. QNAP is also releasing a powerful new 16-Bay NAS, showing that the company is address needs from consumer to enterprise.

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