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Synology RackStation RS214 Review

The Synology RackStation RS214 is a 1U feature-intensive storage solution measuring just 12" deep, for small offices and workplaces, designed specifically with data sharing and office productivity in mind. Its 2-bay design allows for hot-swappable storage of up to 8TB, and is compatible with both conventional 3.5” HDDs and 2.5” HDDs and SSDs. The RS214 features a single core 1.2 GHz processor with floating-point unit and 512MB of RAM, providing solid performance for a modest price. Running the Synology Disk Manager operating system, the RS214 offers the user a rich array of software and add-ons, ranging from remote access, ability to host up to 30 websites and third-party applications, cloud transfer, built-in VPN and FTP, IP camera control, an integrated mail server, and more.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS Announced

Seagate Technology has introduced the latest addition to its business storage product offerings, the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS. Designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees, Seagate's new 4-bay NAS centralizes storage, enabling access, collaboration, and the sharing of files securely from all computers within a business network, while simultaneously hosting PC backups in one central location.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS713+ Review

The Synology DiskStation DS713+ is a two-bay NAS designed for use cases that need plenty of power but don't have high-capacity requirements. The DS713+ has a max internal capacity of 8TB (using 2 4TB HDD, one in each bay), a dual core 2.13GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 4.3 software. The DS713+ comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and eSATA ports. Though it looks very similar to its predecessor, the DS712+, the DS713+ has two USB 3.0 ports and comes with a 20 IP camera capacity (the DS712+ had no USB 3.0 ports and only supported 16 IP cameras).

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR with Milestone Arcus Review

The Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR with Milestone Arcus is a small purpose-built 2-bay NAS designed for video surveillance needs of small businesses. It is the new, updated version of the Iomega PX2-300d, which is also now under the Lenovo EMC brand name. Many business owners and companies need video surveillance to monitor their assets and it is predicted that this market will generate over $25 billion worldwide by 2016. With those figures in mind and as analog surveillance is well on its way out, Lenovo EMC has designed some of its popular NAS appliances with video surveillance software from Milestone, the market leader, to help IT resellers get a footing in this market. The Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR is the first network video recorder (NVR) to use Milestone Arcus, a video management software package that makes the whole process as efficient and simple as possible.

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by Mark Kidd

Synology RackStation RS214 Two-Bay Rackmount NAS Released

Synology has announced that the new RackStation RS214 NAS is now available. The RackStation RS214, a 2-bay, 1U rackmount unit, will be marketed to small creative businesses and other niches where total capacity requirements are modest but customers require sophisticated NAS functionality and performnce. During manufacturer benchmarks, the RackStation RS214 leveraged its 1.2GHz processor and network link aggregation in order to attain an average of 70MB/s write, and over 160 MB/sec read with its drives a RAID1 array and a Windows client system.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate Business Storage 1U NAS Released

Seagate has launched a new family of rackmount NAS products in their Seagate Business Storage line. The 1U designs accommodate standard 3.5" hard drives and come in 4-drive and 8-drive configurations for total capacity of up to 32TB. As the name implies these NAS units are deigned to slot into small business environments that need a storage solution for centralized backup for Macs and PCs, file sharing and the like. The systems run Seagate's NAS OS and provide remote access via Wuala cloud services that supports both mobile computers and offers an app for phones and tablets. 

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by Josh Shaman

WD Arkeia DA1300 and DA2300 Backup and Recovery NAS Announced

WD is announcing its Arkeia DA1300 and DA2300 NAS that provide all-in-one backup and disaster recovery for SMBs. WD's announcement comes on the heels of more and more SMBs showing interest in this type of appliance-based solution that is both affordable and secure. Both of the new offerings, the DA1300 and DA2300, ship bundled with the WD Arkeia v10.1 software, as well as unlimited numbers of file/folder backup agents on any of over 200 distinct platform types (such as Windows, Linux, Mac, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Novell or BSD). The software also delivers WD's Progressive Deduplication to reduce the storage volume size and provide more efficient backups.

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by Mark Kidd

Buffalo TeraStation 3000 Offers Unified NAS and iSCSI Storage

Buffalo has announced the availability of its TeraStation 3000 series of high performance NAS and iSCSI unified storage devices for SMB. TeraStation 3000 solutions are oriented towards small offices and prosumers needing RAID-supported network storage. Buffalo is now shipping the TeraStation 3400, a pedestal desktop unit, and the TeraStation 3400r, its 1U rackmount counterpart. The TeraStation 3000 Series provides simultaneous NAS and iSCSI target functionality with dual gigabit Ethernet ports for redundancy, load balancing, or link aggregation. Both storage appliances are powered by a dual-core ARM processor and include 1GB of installed DDR3 RAM.

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by Josh Shaman

Synology DS1513+ NAS Review

The Synology DS1513+ is a 5-bay NAS that provides up to 20TB of raw storage with the ability to scale out to 60TB using expansion bays, and it features a dual core 2.13GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Synology's DiskStation Manager 4.2 (DSM 4.2) software. The device is also shipped with loads of connectivity via USB 3.0 and 2.0, Ethernet and eSATA ports. The next-generation DS1513+ adds on to the DS1512+ (which will still sell concurrently) and is designed for the enterprise SMB market. Compared to the DS1512+, the DS1513+ provides increased throughput, more redundancy and easier business application usage. Another stanadard feature that Synology includes is High Availability which works to prevent drawn-out downtime and performs network load balancing to optimize storage across drives.

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by Josh Shaman

LenovoEMC Rebranding Iomega Announced

LenovoEMC is announcing the rebranding of their Iomega network storage products and programs which places significance on the identity of the joint venture. The transformation starts with a new Acronis agreement to provide PC backup software for Lenovo storage devices. The new branding means that consumer products that previously solely went by the Iomega branding now take on Lenovo Iomega branding. That includes the desktop single-drive Lenovo Iomega EZ Media and Backup Center, the desktop double-drive Lenovo Iomega ix2-300d Network Storage and the desktop quad-drive Lenovo EMC ix4-300d Network Storage.

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