by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1517+ NAS Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1517+ is a 5-bay NAS designed for encryption and intensive tasks. Powered by a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the DS1517+ comes equipped with quad 1GbE LAN ports and up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (dual channel). Synology also quotes speeds of 1,165MB/s and 527.99MB/s in sequential reading and writing, respectively, and can be expanded from 50TB to a maximum of 150TB using 15 drives via two DX517 expansion units.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x53B Series NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the new TS-x53B series, which is highlighted by a PCIe expansion slot for high-performing scalability and functionality that SMB and SOHO users need. Available in 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay models, the TS-x53B series is equipped with the 14nm Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, upwards of dual-channel 8GB DDR3L RAM, and SATA 6Gb/s drive support with integrated dual Gigabit LAN ports. QNAP quotes their TS-x53B series as having read and writes speeds upwards of 224MB/s during AES-NI accelerated encryption.

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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 Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+, & Expansion Unit DX517

Today Synology Inc. launched two new DiskStation NAS, the DS1517+ and the DS1817+, along with the new expansion unit, DX517. The new NAS devices are the long-awaited 5- and 8-bay models. Synology states that the new models will offer high-performance, reliability, and versatility for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses. As with all Synology NAS devices, the new models are powered by the powerful and award-winning operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM), currently in its 6.1 version.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution

Today NETGEAR Inc. launched what it is referring to as the industry’s highest density 10GbE single-node network storage solution, the ReadyNAS 4360X. This new ReadyNas is a 4U unit that accommodates up to 60 HDDs. With three EDA4000 expansion units, the 4360X can have a max capacity of 1.32PB (using 10TB HDDs). The new ReadyNas is aimed at SMBs.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X is part of the company’s premium build NAS line designed for small growing businesses. Offering 6 drive-bays, the 626X can deliver a generous maximum storage capacity of 60TB and has the ability to scale up to 110TB using the company's EDA500 expansion chassis. The 626X also offers comprehensive file sharing, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud options. The ReadyNAS 626X is equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad-Core (2.4GHz Xeon) Server Processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with error-correcting functionality to detect and correct the many types of internal data corruption. Netgear also supports a 10GbE add-on card for more intensive data needs.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-831X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-831X is an 8-bay, quad-core storage solution that features two 10GbE SFP+ ports, SSD cache support, and AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption to improve overall system performance when protecting file transfers. Designed as a cost-effective NAS and purpose-built for growing businesses that require backup, restoration, private cloud and storage for virtualization, the TS-831X can be scaled up to 24 drives using two QNAP expansion enclosures (UX-800P) to create a generous 400TB when leveraging 8TB drives. When configured in Virtual JBOD, the storage pool can be expanded even further increased to more than 900TB when using another QNAP NAS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology RackStation RS816 NAS Review

As part of Synology's Value Series of NAS devices, the RS816 RackStation delivers scalable storage in a compact enclosure at a low cost. The RS816 is almost completely identical to Synology's RS815 RackStation, with the exception of its improved processing power (1.33GHz in the RS815 vs. 1.8GHz in the RS816). This obviously translates to an improved performance in the newer model, which boasts reported transfer speeds of 218MB/s read and 147.43MB/s write. As with the older model, Synology equipped the RS816 with an eSATA port, which can be used to attach one of Synology's RX415 expansion units for a total of 8 bays and 80TB of total raw storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815RP+ NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815RP+ (the RP referring to its use of redundant power supplies) is a high-performing NAS built specifically to handle intensive, resource-heavy tasks and encryption. As is the case with most Synology RackStations, the RS815RP+ is built to easily scale for growing businesses by leveraging the company's RX415 expansion units via eSATA. This allows for the use of 8 total drives for a maximum raw capacity of 80TB, making it ideal for small businesses looking for a rack-based storage solution that can grow with the organization. The RS815+ also features an AES-NI hardware encryption, an engine which distributes the encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU to help improve overall performance. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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