by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC9000 Review

The Dell EMC SC9000 is Dell’s highest-performing all-flash and hybrid-storage-server solution of the SC Series, built on the legacy of the PowerEdge family and leveraging the latest Storage Center Operating System 7. During the last several months, the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab has put the SC9000 through our application benchmark protocol to understand how it performs with real-world workloads. Our review also explores the ways that the SC9000 and SCOS 7 fit into Dell EMC’s evolving midrange storage ecosystem, which includes the SC Series and Unity products.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Spectra Verde Review

Spectra Logic’s Verde with Archive SMR drives (formerly Verde DPE and now incorporated into the existing Verde product line) is a secondary file storage platform offering solution capacities ranging from 48TB up to an eye-popping 7.1PB of raw storage. Leveraging the existing Spectra Verde Family hardware combined with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disks, the Verde offers affordable (as low as $0.075/GB) high-capacity storage for enterprise, bulk storage, archive, unstructured data, large files, random reads, bulk deletes, and files that will need infrequent changes. The Verde head units are available in both 2U or 4U form-factors, with 4U expansion shelves offered to reach the PB+ capacity ranges that few other platforms offer at this price range.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K is a 2.5” SAS HDD, Seagate’s sixth generation of the 15K drive. This time around Seagate has made a drive with up to 900GB of capacity and a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation. The drive is designed to meet the performance demands of several applications while having a small physical footprint and a lower total cost of ownership versus other high-performance options.

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by Josh Linden

Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X Review

The ReadyNAS 4312 series packages Netgear’s latest storage technologies into a 2U rackmount form-factor. The ReadyNAS 4312X features an Intel Xeon E3-1245v5 quad-core processor with 16GB DDR memory and dual 10GbE interfaces for network throughput, while ReadyNAS OS 6 provides the administrative interface to a wide range of functionality. The result is a general-purpose workhorse NAS that can take on most common SMB scenarios including shared storage, backup, and virtualization.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Gold HDD Review (8TB)

The WD Gold hard drive is designed for a wide range of demanding use cases, including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers/storage and rack-mount datacenter servers/storage enclosures. Announced back in April of this year, the WD Gold can handle up to 550TB in workloads per year with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours. The WD Gold also leverages HelioSeal helium-technology, which allows the HDD to increase performance, capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption needed to effectively operate in datacenter environments of all sizes.

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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 Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Data volume, especially Big Data, continues to grow at amazing rates, however, IT budgets are not growing at the same rate. Organizations are looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to help them tackle the growing data volume. HGST’s latest helium drive, He10, is an effective tool companies can use to do just that. The He10 is a 10TB HDD that utilizes PMR technology and HGST’s proven HelioSeal technology. This new HDD is designed to deliver capacity, efficiency, reliability, and reduced power usage to the data center.

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by Brian Beeler

Supermicro SuperDOM Review

The SATADOM has been a popular way of leveraging a small amount of flash to get a boot image onto a server without burning one of the more valuable drive bays. For many OS images or hypervisors, the concept works perfectly well, some users can even get away with an SD card for such purposes. The SATADOM has several benefits though, including higher quality NAND and performance that far outstrips a memory card. Supermicro calls their effort in this space a SuperDOM, largely because the performance profile is higher than what traditional SATADOMs have offered; it's more along the lines of a standard SSD. The Supermicro SuperDOM uses a SATA 6Gb/s interface to connect directly to the server board and comes in capacities up to 128GB. The SuperDOM supports both X9 and X10 boards and uses only 1-2 watts.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Ultrasharp 30 Monitor (UP3017) Review

The Dell Ultrasharp UP3017 a a 30-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor that features a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560x1600 resolution and Dell's PremierColor technology. The color tuning and matte finish make the UP3017 well-positioned to tackle the demands of professionals who desire color accuracy and the ability to tweak if needed, but appreciate the true-to-life colors out of the box with no manual calibration required. As is standard with this class of Dell monitor, the unit contains a plethora of input and output connections, along with support for KVM and daisy chaining displays. 

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