by Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 760p Review

Intel is expanding its 3D NAND SSDs and its NVMe footprint with today’s release of the Intel SSD 760p Series. This M.2 SSD leverages an NVMe interface and the benefits that one would expect from it: mainly a performance increase and lower power consumption. The M.2 form factor also makes it ideal for mobile platforms such as ultra-thin notebooks.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review

The Samsung 860 PRO is the company’s latest and greatest consumer SSD that’s ready to make an impact on the market. The Samsung SSDs have been the most popular and easily the best price/performance drives over the past several years, with the last model (Samsung 850 PRO) setting a new bar in performance and capacity in a consumer drive. Featuring the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller, the Samsung 860 PRO is specced to deliver the same results. Samsung states that their new MJX controller allows for faster communication with the host system, has improved Linux compatibility, and can effectively handle workstation storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Releases First 64-Layer Enterprise SATA SSD

Today Micron Technologies announced the new 5200 series of SATA SSDs aimed at enterprise use. The 5200 Series is the first enterprise SSDs leveraging Micron’s 64-layer 3D NAND technology. The drive will be released in two flavors: ECO for scalability and PRO for write-intensive workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cloudian Releases HyperStore 7

Today Cloudian announced the latest version of its HyperStore platform, version 7. The company states that the latest version allows companies to unify multiple clouds and on-prem storage to a single storage pool. The platform achieves this through its scale-out architecture providing a single management view and a single set of APIs and tools for managing data no matter where it is stored.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plextor M9Pe(G) NVMe SSD Review (512GB)

Introduced at CES 2018, the new Plextor M9Pe Series of SSDs are aimed at end users looking for more performance in their drives. While the Series has three models aimed at three slightly different use cases, for this review we will be focused on the M9Pe(G). The M9Pe(G) is a M.2 NVMe SSD that is ideal for gamers and prosumers that need high performance in a smaller form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-473 NAS Review

Designed for use cases such as virtualization and HD video editing and sharing, the QNAP TVS-473 is the company’s newest high-performance business NAS highlighted by its support for 10GbE connectivity, M.2 expansion slots, and quad-core AMD R-Series APU. This energy-efficient NAS also features AES-NI hardware encryption engine, up to 64GB RAM, USB 3.1 (10Gbps), AMD Radeon R7 Graphics performance and can expand the total raw storage capacity up to 144TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Moments, Drive, and Office Software Packages Now Available

Synology has announced the official release of Drive, Office, and Moments--three significant packages that run on the company’s line NAS products. These new applications give users the ability to securely and privately store, back up, and synchronize their files.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases The New RS818+/RS818RP+ RackStation

Today Synology announced that it has new RackStation, the RS818+/RS818RP+. Built with a quad core processor and optional 10GbE, the new NAS packs a powerful punch in a small form factor. This new 1U NAS is aimed at the SMB market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Produces 16Gb GDDR6 For Advanced Graphic Systems

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it is producing the industry’s first 16- gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory. This new memory is designed to be used in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network, and artificial intelligence systems.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-x73e SMB NAS Series Now Available

QNAP Systems released their high-performance SMB NAS TVS-x73e series today, which is comprised of the TVS-873e (8-bay), QNAP TVS-673e (6-bay) and QNAP TVS-473e (4-bay) models. These new NAS devices are highlighted by an AMD RX-421BD quad-core APU, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots (for SSD cache acceleration with Qtier auto-tiering), a QuickAccess port, dual 4K HDMI output, and hardware-assisted 4K video transcoding acceleration.  The TVS-x73e series is both secure and scalable, and is equipped with two PCIe slots that support 10GbE NICs, QM2 cards or USB 3.1 10Gbps cards. This allows small and medium businesses to build a private cloud for applications such as high-speed data transfer rates, backup/recovery, virtualization, media playback, and graphics display.

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