Medium SAN/NAS (12+ bays) Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS3615xs Review

The DS3615xs is Synology's top-performing and highest-capacity DiskStation (tower form factor), with reported transfer speeds of 2,214MB/s (read) and up to 288TB of raw storage (with two DX1215 expansion units). This NAS was designed to serve large-scale businesses that want to set up a comprehensive server while retaining the option of expanding their storage capabilities in the future. As it is a constituent of Synology's XS Series, the DS3615xs leverages top-of-the-line hardware, including a 3.4GHz CPU and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM (with the ability to expand to 32GB of RAM). As with all of their DiskStation units, the DS3615xs makes use of Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface, as well as all of the features and applications therein.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS2415+ Review

Synology designed their 12-bay DiskStation DS2415+ to provide massive storage and strong performance to larger businesses. The DS2415+ provides all of the same features as Synology's other DiskStations (most notably, their award-winning DSM interface), while allowing for scalability through the DX1215 expansion unit (which would take the total raw capacity up to 144TB). In terms of specifications, the DS2415+ leverages a 2.4GHz CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB), with four USB 3.0 ports. The DS2415+ is the only 12-bay DiskStation in Synology's Plus Series, and it provides the largest storage capacity out of all of their DiskStations.

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by Josh Linden

EMC VNXe1600 Review

The VNXe1600 is a 2U storage array supporting 10G iSCSI and 16Gb FC from EMC that integrates VNX2 controllers and hybrid storage into a package offered at street prices below $9,000. These prices are unprecedented for a complete VNX storage solution, marking another step deeper into the SMB market for EMC. This direction was first signaled with the launch of the VNXe3200, the basis for this new SMB-oriented VNX2 array.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RC18015xs+ Review

The Synology RC18015xs+ is a purpose built RackStation that focuses on a high-availability dual-controller design and next-generation snapshot technology with an impressive scalability up to 180 drives and a maximum raw storage of roughly 1.4PB when using expansion units. With security, reliability, and superior performance in mind, this is a storage solution meant for enterprises that require business continuity and point-in-time data recovery (a set of data or a particular setting from a time in the past). With that in mind, this is Synology's largest device to date and is certainly meant as major step toward in hanging with the big names in the enterprise server market.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-1271U-RP 12-Bay NAS Review

The QNAP TVS-1271U-RP is a 4th generation NAS storage solution designed for data backup, file synchronization, and remote access. Ideal for SMB use cases, it also features cross-platform file sharing, a wide-range of backup solutions, iSCSI and virtualization scenarios, as well as all kinds of practical business functions. The QNAP also includes abundant multimedia applications and a wide selection of different component options, all backed by impressive hardware specifications. The TVS-1271U-RP is also a highly scalable solution as it can support up to 1,120TB of raw capacity using multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs Review

The RS3614RPxs is a network attached storage solution with an emphasis reliability and performance. Its main intent is to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and deploy virtualization solutions, all of which, Synology indicates, can be performed with as little time wasted on setup and maintenance as possible. Synology also offers two versions of this RackStation: the RS3614xs and the RS3614RP, the latter which is equipped with dual power supplies.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614xs+ Review

The Synology RackStation RS3614xs+ is a performance-driven network attached storage solution with 12 front-mounted hot-swappable 3.5-inch bays that is designed for businesses that require reliability and high uptime as well as a comprehensive set of business applications. Synology indicates that their RS3614xs+ simplifies data management, optimizes virtualization environments, and can rapidly expand storage capacity without having to worry about a time-consuming setup and maintenance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Echostreams DuraStreams DSS320 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Echostreams DSS320 is a redundant storage server platform, part of the DuraStreams family. The DSS320 is designed specifically for SMB verticals, integrating the LSI Syncro CS solution for HA storage access. The DSS320 supports two hot-swap compute nodes with different motherboard options to support either uniprocessor (UP) or dual processor (DP) configurations. Unlike traditional approaches to high-availability, there is no need to cluster multiple separate servers together as both nodes are housed in the same chassis in a single CiB solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quanta MESOS CB220 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Quanta CB220 with LSI Syncro CS is a 2U 2-node network storage appliance tailored for SMB applications. The CB220 is powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition (preloaded for rapid out-of-the-box-deployment) and LSI Syncro CS solution. The two redundant compute nodes are in an active/active cluster enabled by a gigabit Ethernet interconnection. Each node is equipped with two Intel Xeon Processors E5-2609, 64GB of memory, and two GbE ports plus an optional 10GbE port. In order to lower the footprint, both nodes are housed in the same chassis, share the same power supplies, and share the same fans. The device also has an external SAS port for JBOD expansion. The net result is the CB220 is a highly available, fully redundant and fault-tolerant Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) solution that is simple for businesses with growing data demands to deploy. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

JetStor NAS 1600S Review

The JetStor 1600S is a 3U 16 bay NAS capable of storing up to 384TB of data (if optional SAS JBODs are employed). The 1600S can support NAS, Fiber Channel, and iSCSI and almost every RAID level. It also supports application features like VMware VAAI, HA (High Availability), thin-provisioning, app support, and data backup. Most of the major components that come with the JetStor 1600S are field-replaceable, reducing potential down time. 

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