by Josh Linden

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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by Josh Shaman

Broadcom Announces New StrataGX Processors

Broadcom is announcing the release of the new StrataGX BCM5862X Series processors designed for wired and wireless NAS devices and routers. The new processors deliver ten times the performance as well as ARM-based FlexSPARX security and storage features that support hybrid cloud services. This is essential as many new NAS devices are designed to support secure hybrid cloud and remote access of content. The new StrataGX series also delivers Gigabit connectivity speeds on wired and wireless connections and support for 5G Wi-Fi, based on the latest IEEE 802.11ac standard.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Announces WD Sentinel RX4100

WD is announcing the WD Sentinel RX4100 to meet customer demand for a 1U rack-mount small business NAS that builds off of the success of the Sentinel DX4000 that we reviewed. One of the features that makes the RX4100 4-bay NAS attractive is its all-in-one build that includes hardware, software and service all from WD. The RX4100 also provides simple integration into Windows shops by featuring Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, though it is also compatible with several versions of Mac OS. While simple and affordable, the RX4100 also features enterprise-class features that small businesses still require such as RAID protection, automatic server-based backup and restoration, redundant network and power options, as well as integrated NAS functionality and iSCSI SAN capabilities.

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by Josh Linden

Synology Announces 8-Bay DS1813+ NAS

The new DS1813+ NAS is Synology’s latest eight-bay desktop DiskStation. In addition to its internal storage, the DS1813+ offers a maximum raw capacity of 72TB via expansion units, as well as providing four gigabit NICs which can be aggregated for maximum read speeds of 350 MB/s and write speeds of 200 MB/s. The DS1813+ supersedes Synology’s DS1812+, which we recommended in February as a robust 8-bay NAS likely to exceed performance and feature expectations for small and remote offices. Since then, the hardware platform underlying the DS1813+ has a number of enhancements more akin to the five-bay DS1513+ which was also recently announced.

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by Josh Shaman

Synology Announces DiskStation DS1513+

Synology is announcing the immediate release of their five-bay DS1513+ NAS for the SMB enterprise market that offers increased throughput, more redundancy and easy business application usage as enhancements over the DS1512+. Synology is also providing High Availability to prevent long instances of downtime as well as network load balancing to optimize storage across drives. With the Synology DS1513+, administrators have initial access to as much as 20TB of raw storage. However, they will also be able to scale out to 60TB of raw storage with the use of two eSATA ports on the rear of the machine.

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by Josh Shaman

Netgear Announces ReadyDATA 516

Netgear has announced the ReadyDATA 516 6-bay NAS unit designed with enterprise-class features and simple usability for SMBs. The ReadyDATA 516 is a great fit for organizations that don't have a data center or for an application such as multiple branch offices requiring on-site storage used in conjunction with the ReadyDATA 5200 2U 12-bay NAS. The unit is far easier to deploy than other options due to its pricing model and small desktop form factor. ReadyDATA 516 also incorporates ReadyDATA Hybrid Cloud, which provides data replication from ReadyDATA to the public cloud. The news of the ReadyDATA 516's coming availability arrives on the heels of the news that Netgear was the number one NAS vendor for total shipments in 2012.

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by Josh Shaman

LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review

The 5big NAS Pro is LaCie’s latest NAS featuring the Neil Poulton design users are long familiar with as well as an updated 2.13GHz dual-core Intel 64-bit Atom processor and an impressive 4GB of RAM. LaCie utilizes their own LaCie NAS OS3 in this model, diverging from the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials in the 5big Office + NAS. The updated OS offers a single user interface for local and cloud storage creating a hybrid cloud via Wuala (the cloud provider with which LaCie merged a few years back). Hardware features include five drive bays, a solid aluminum structure, and plenty of connectivity via USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet ports. Designed for small businesses, LaCie's target market is offices with up to 50 concurrent users.

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by Josh Linden

Barracuda and Drobo Announce Drobo 5N Integration with Barracuda’s Copy

Barracuda and Drobo have announced a joint endeavor to offer a Drobo 5N client for Barracuda’s Copy cloud storage platform. The Drobo 5N is a NAS appliance for small office environments and prosumer applications such as photography, video, and other types of digital content creation. The Copy client will allow 5N users to designate shared files that will be synchronized and accessible over the internet.

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