by Adam Armstrong

Panasas Launches ActiveStor 20

Today Panasas introduced its latest hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, ActiveStor 20. Panasas states that this new version of ActiveStor sports a 65% increase in flash and a 25% increase in hard drive capacity. The new ActiveStor is utilizing high density SSDs and 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based HDDs to gain more capacity and performance. In fact, Panasas is claiming performance of 360GB/s and over 2.6 million IOPS with up to 45PB of capacity in a single namespace.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Ups Its Game Into the Enterprise Market

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the first product in what will be a new line for mission-critical tasks and intensive virtualization applications. The newest product is the Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc and marks the first step for QNAP into the larger enterprise storage market. QNAP claims that its new ES1640dc can deliver business-class cloud computing data storage and full support for virtualization environments. QNAP will also be using a new operating system (OS) on the ES1640dc, the FreeBSD-based QES.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS3615xs Review

The DS3615xs is Synology's top-performing and highest-capacity DiskStation (tower form factor), with reported transfer speeds of 2,214MB/s (read) and up to 288TB of raw storage (with two DX1215 expansion units). This NAS was designed to serve large-scale businesses that want to set up a comprehensive server while retaining the option of expanding their storage capabilities in the future. As it is a constituent of Synology's XS Series, the DS3615xs leverages top-of-the-line hardware, including a 3.4GHz CPU and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM (with the ability to expand to 32GB of RAM). As with all of their DiskStation units, the DS3615xs makes use of Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface, as well as all of the features and applications therein.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Announces Its First NAS, The G-RACK 12

Earlier this week at the National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, G-Technology announced its first NAS solution, the G-RACK 12. As the name implies, the new NAS solution is both a rackmount and 12-bay device. With the G-RACK 12, G-Technology is expanding its portfolio, aiming upstream, as they are more known for their desktop and portable storage devices. During the NAB Show G-Technology also gave a sneak peck of some of its new technology as well as demonstrations of its current line.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avere Announces Entry-Level FXT Edge Filer

Today Avere Systems introduced the latest in its FXT 5000 Edge Filer series product line, the FXT 5200. The FXT 5200 is an entry-level solution that will deliver all of the functionality support of the rest of the 5000 series at a lower price point. The FXT 5200 is aimed at customer with lower performance workloads. It also has a smaller footprint and 50% more storage than the preceding model taking up only 1U of space.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases Two New NAS With Built-in 10GbE SFP+ Ports

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. announced that is has released two new enterprise-class rackmount NAS devices, the TVS-ECx80U-SAS R2 and TS-ECx80U R2 NAS series. These new devices are updates to the previous TVS-ECx80U-SAS/TS-ECx80U series, now with two built-in SFP+ based 10GbE ports but still the same price as the previous series.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS2415+ Review

Synology designed their 12-bay DiskStation DS2415+ to provide massive storage and strong performance to larger businesses. The DS2415+ provides all of the same features as Synology's other DiskStations (most notably, their award-winning DSM interface), while allowing for scalability through the DX1215 expansion unit (which would take the total raw capacity up to 144TB). In terms of specifications, the DS2415+ leverages a 2.4GHz CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB), with four USB 3.0 ports. The DS2415+ is the only 12-bay DiskStation in Synology's Plus Series, and it provides the largest storage capacity out of all of their DiskStations.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RC18015xs+ Review

The Synology RC18015xs+ is a purpose built RackStation that focuses on a high-availability dual-controller design and next-generation snapshot technology with an impressive scalability up to 180 drives and a maximum raw storage of roughly 1.4PB when using expansion units. With security, reliability, and superior performance in mind, this is a storage solution meant for enterprises that require business continuity and point-in-time data recovery (a set of data or a particular setting from a time in the past). With that in mind, this is Synology's largest device to date and is certainly meant as major step toward in hanging with the big names in the enterprise server market.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-1271U-RP 12-Bay NAS Review

The QNAP TVS-1271U-RP is a 4th generation NAS storage solution designed for data backup, file synchronization, and remote access. Ideal for SMB use cases, it also features cross-platform file sharing, a wide-range of backup solutions, iSCSI and virtualization scenarios, as well as all kinds of practical business functions. The QNAP also includes abundant multimedia applications and a wide selection of different component options, all backed by impressive hardware specifications. The TVS-1271U-RP is also a highly scalable solution as it can support up to 1,120TB of raw capacity using multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP Series Rackmount NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their new enterprise-class 12Gbps SAS-enabled, 40GbE-ready TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP series rackmount NAS, which are available in 24, 16, 15 and 12-bay models. The new rackmount NAS series is also compatible with the high-density 12Gbps SAS RAID expansion enclosures REXP-1620U-RP and REXP-1220U-RP. In addition, the TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP comes equipped with Qtier Technology, which drives Auto Tiering for optimal storage efficiency to help businesses to reduce costs on expensive flash technology all the while still benefiting from its excellent application performance and lower TCO of storage.

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