by Adam Armstrong

SonicWall NSA 2650 Review

The SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 (and the rest of the NSA line) provides threat prevention and security to mid-sized networks, branch offices, and distributed enterprises. Like the full NSA line, the 2650 leverages SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) engine and the new SonicOS 6.5 operating system. The NSA 2650 has ample connectivity with 22 ports: one console and 1GbE management port, four 2.5GbE SFP ports, four 2.5GbE ports, and twelve 1GbE ports. The firewall also comes with room for expansion, consisting of an expansion module as well as a 16GB storage module with room for an optional power supply to add further redundancy.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile Review

Dell EMC knows that the data center needs to be monitored and managed at all times. If a company’s IT resources are always in the office or remote connected through a notebook at home, they are covered. However, many companies have a limited amount of IT resources or they don’t have a computer nearby at all times. Enter Dell EMC’s OpenManage Mobile (OMM) app. The OMM app supports Android and iOS in conjunction with Quick Sync 2 the new 14G PowerEdge servers.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP TS-1685 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-1685 is a 16-bay NAS with a somewhat unconventional configuration. The desktop form factor houses twelve 3.5" bays designed for hard drives and four 2.5" bays for SSDs. Better yet, QNAP has included six M.2 bays internally, which means users can load six more SATA SSDs should they like. Powering the TS-1685 is an Intel Xeon D Processor and support for up to 128GB in RAM. Turning to connectivity, the NAS has four GbE and two 10GbE ports on board. There are also three PCIe expansion slots that enable further connectivity options or add-on cards like more SSDs, graphics cards, audio cards and the like. Given all this flexibility and the myriad storage options, it's hard to pin down exactly the best place for the TS-1685. QNAP sees it as a great option for SMBs that need a combination of file shares, virtualized storage, backup targets, and application storage -- essentially making it a "jack-of-all-trades" for a growing small business or ROBO location.

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by Lyle Smith

Netstor NA333TB3 Thunderbolt DAS Review

The Netstor NA333TB3 is a 16-bay Thunderbolt 3 Storage and PCIe Expansion solution designed for power users that need high local bandwidth with the ability to access multiple PCIe cards over a USB-C interface. The NA333TB3 does just that; Netstor has ensured that organizations and professionals can use virtually any RAID card model as well as other PCIe devices, allowing them to customize their builds based on their own use cases and demands. With a 16-port storage bays and three PCIe slots, the NA333TB3 can be used as an enterprise RAID storage solution with room for networking cards or other devices as well.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 524X Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 524X is a 4-bay storage solution designed for small-to-medium businesses that need a mid-range NAS with enterprise data protection functionality.  Powered by an Intel D1508 Dual Core 2.2GHz Server Processor, the 524X is the smallest model of the 520 Series, featuring a built-in 10Gb Ethernet port, three USB 3.0 ports, and compatibility with SATA/SSD 2.5" or 3.5" hot-swappable drives.  

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HPE MSA 2052 SAN Storage Review

This summer HPE made several portfolio updates including the release of the fifth generation MSA platforms consisting of the MSA 2050 and MSA 2052 entry-level SAN arrays. Starting at under $10,000, the new MSA systems deliver a deep set of well-proven features (500,000 systems sold), along with reliability and ease of use that MSA has long been known for. The MSA 2050 family is no slouch, though, touting an impressive 200K IOPS of throughput. It is certainly able to compete outside its weight class. HPE offers a couple of options in the latest MSA line, both leveraging the same chassis. The MSA 2050 can leverage HDDs with SSD pools or SSD caching, while the MSA 2052 comes with the licenses and two included SSDs for performance tiering. In a cache scenario, customers would typically add two SSDs to the mix, where a tiering configuration would generally have four SSDs. For the emphasis of this review, we'll focus in on the MSA 2052 with four SSDs for tiering. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 Review

The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 is the company's latest all-flash array designed to meet the needs of the midmarket. The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF line encompasses the company’s all-flash storage systems that they market as incredibly fast and flexible, being made for next-generation data centers. The ETERNUS AF250 is the smaller entry-level array for enterprises that are looking for the benefits of all-flash for mission-critical workloads and applications that need the performance boost. The AF250 is designed to be a cost effective array for Tier0 and Tier1 applications in small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Unified Storage Appliance Powered by Nexenta and Supermicro Review

Nexenta and Supermicro have teamed together to deliver what they're calling the Unified Storage Appliance. The appliance leverages Nexenta's NexentaStor 5.0 software to deliver block-and-file storage and NexentaFusion for storage management and analytics combined with Supermicro's hardware and sales/support infrastructure. The combination brings together a software-defined solution that's already tested and validated on the Supermicro hardware and is orderable from Supermicro as a pre-loaded and pre-configured complete solution. The Unified Storage Appliance comes in five configurations depending on customer need, ranging from a capacity-centric 4U 3.5" hard drive version that can support flash cache, to a 2U 24-bay all-flash configuration that's rated up to 180,000 mixed 8KB IOPS. Each main unit can also support two expansion JBODs for additional capacity. Because Nexenta is the underlying software, the solution is full of enterprise data services like replication, in-line data reduction and space optimized snapshots/clones. Included with the appliance is a next-day 3-year service program (4-hour response optional) and Supermicro offers remote installation service to help customers get off to a good start. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In The Lab: Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch (S3148P)

As the StorageReview networking fabric overhaul continues, an important but unsung member of the family includes the Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch. While not as glitzy as the 25GbE networking cards or as fast as the S4048 and Z9100 workhorses soon going into place, the S3100 provides a critical role for the lab. Though our office is relatively small, just over 4000SF, we have technology that can benefit from the PoE ports the S3148P version offers. Primarily this includes a dozen or so security cameras that are always keeping a watchful eye over the lab. We also have an assortment of IP phones and wireless access points that mainline into the 48 Ethernet ports the S3100 offers.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 4360X Review

The ReadyNAS 4360X is a 10 Gigabit (copper) 60-bay 4U Rackmount NAS designed for SMBs that have massive storage needs and uses cases such as backup, large capacity file servers, collaboration and virtualization environments. Powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 3.3GHz Quad Core Processor, the 4360X supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and comes equipped with two USB3.0 ports, four Gigabit LAN ports and dual internal 700W power supply units.

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