Medium SAN/NAS (12+ bays) Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Buffalo TeraStation 7120r Enterprise Review

The Buffalo TeraStation 7120r Enterprise is a high-performance 2U rack mountable NAS that features enterprise-class hard drives. In the past, Buffalo Technology had always focused on network storage for consumers and small-to-medium businesses; however with the entry of this powerful NAS/IP SAN appliance, it likely signals a move towards the enterprise market as the TeraStation 7120r is designed specifically for enterprises that are looking implement a reliable, RAID-based NAS solution for large, high-traffic networks and business critical applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Aberdeen AberNAS N21L Review

The Aberdeen AberNAS N21L Series arrays are built entirely with SSD technology and high throughput in mind. The AberNAS N21L delivers high IOPS (320,000 IOPS, 4K Random Reads Specifically for VDI) with a maximum storage capacity of 15.3TB of SDD storage (or 19.2TB if opting for HDDs) in a 2U form factor. The customizations on top of the Linux OS unifies NAS, iSCSI/IP-SAN functionalities, and Fibre Channel Target support into one device giving IT departments their choice of NAS or iSCSI, or FC. 

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by Josh Linden

Synology RackStation RS10613xs+ Review

The RackStation RS10613xs+ offers the greatest maximum capacity and performance in Synology’s network storage portfolio with the ability to manage total raw capacity as high as 424TB and maximum throughput specified at 2,000MB/s with 400,000 IOPS when both SSD caching and optional dual aggregated 10GbE interfaces are enabled. Running its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, Synology is marketing the device as a convergence of NAS and SAN capabilities. As with the RackStation RS3412xs we benchmarked at the beginning of the year, Synology’s approach with the RS10613xs+ is to unify file-level NAS storage with block-level SAN functions while providing hooks and integrations for a wide spectrum of common enterprise and SMB applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Infortrend EonNAS 3510 Review

The Infortrend EonNAS 3510 is a 12 3.5" bay unified storage offering that's designed to bring easy to manage and cost-effective storage to the SMB and branch/remote office. The EonNAS 3000 family runs on ZFS, which brings a wide range of enterprise features to the platform, without additional licensing fees and expense overhead. ZFS allows Infortrend to deliver features like snapshots, deduplication, thin provisioning, and replication via sync and data integrity throughout the systems. The EonNAS 3510 can also be configured with a variety of interconnect options like 1GbE, 10GbE and Fiber Channel, helping it slot into just about any environment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LenovoEMC px12-450r NAS Review

The LenovoEMC px12-450r is designed primarily for the SMB though it could easily fit the bill as a network storage workhorse for many organizations with specs including a quad-core Intel Xeon processor, redundant hot-swappable power supply, link aggregation across four gigabit Ethernet interfaces and an optional dual-interface 10GbE NIC expansion card. The px12-450r marries EMC enterprise storage technology with a hardware platform and interface designed for streamlined configuration and use. It is the flagship NAS device in Lenovo’s joint venture with EMC, which, until 2013, had been marketed under the Iomega brand.

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by Kevin OBrien

Aberdeen AberNAS N31L Review

The Aberdeen AberNAS N31L is among Aberdeen's ultra-dense NAS storage arrays that are all designed to offer maximum capacity levels at more affordable prices than the upper echelon providers. The AberNAS is packed with features including capacity for up to 64TB of storage via 16 3.5" bays. The 3U form factor NAS also features Intel Xeon E5 family processors, up to 512MB RAM, and exceptional connectivity via 10GBe LAN and six standard PCI Express 3.0 slots. The Aberdeen N31L also features LSI SAS 6G RAID and extra compatibility via full support for Aberdeen's SAS 6G 4U/45Bay and 3U/28Bay JBOD for users that need to expand their array's capacity.

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by Kevin OBrien

Synology RackStation RS3412xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3412xs and RS3412RPxs 2U rack mount NAS units offer 10 3.5" drive bays and Synology's robust DiskStation Manager 4.1 (DSM). Synology offers several enterprise-class features, note the RP in the RS3412RPxs stands for redundant power supply, and Synology offers an optional 10GbE card to take advantage of top-line performance of 100,000+ IOPS using SSDs in RAID5. The chassis supports up to 40TB natively with 4TB hard drives, and can scale to 136TB of total capacity using the RX1211 or RX1211RP expansion shelves.

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by Kevin OBrien

JetStor SAS 616iSD 10G iSCSI SAN Review

The SAS 616iSD 10G is part of an extensive line of block-level storage arrays offered by JetStor. The iSCSI 616iSD offers up to 48TB of storage via 16 3.5" bays in a 3U enclosure. JetStor features dual redundant active/active RAID controllers and four 10GbE ports, two per controller. Each controller is powered by an Intel IOP342 64-bit Chevelon dual-core storage processor, and includes features like parity-assist ASIC, iSCSI-assist engine and TCP Offload Engine (TOE). Should 48TB prove insufficient, the 616iSD can be expanded with four JBOD shelves (SAS716J) for a maximum capacity of 240TB per array.

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by Kevin OBrien

Drobo B1200i Review

If we know anything about Drobo and the new B1200i, their mission statement is to keep storage simple. The 12-bay SAN has historically supported up to 48TB of storage via SATA and SAS hard drives via Drobo's BeyondRAID automatic and instantaneous drive management system. Now the B1200i has a new trick up its sleeve, automated data-aware tiering. Maintaining the simplicity mantra, the B1200i can support a trio of SSDs to deliver automatic data tiering, while preserving the other nine bays for large capacity storage, all with plug-and-play simplicity.

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