Enterprise Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS1515 Review

Synology has released its first 5-bay value series NAS; the DS1515. Synology cut costs on this model by loading it with a lower-end CPU (Quad Core 1.4GHz Alpine AL-314) and fewer USB 3.0 ports, but it still provides all of the features one would expect with a Synology DiskStation. It would be ideal for budget-minded businesses that don't mind a bit of a dip in performance compared to the DS1515+, which would cost about $150 more.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: Seek thermal camera

The Seek thermal camera is an ultra-portable thermal imaging camera attached to, and managed by, newer generation Android and iOS mobile devices and is an ideal alternative for consumers or small-to-medium sized businesses that do not want to spend thousands of dollars on professional cameras. Working in both complete darkness and daylight, the Seek thermal detects the infrared light that is emitted by objects and uses the collected data from over 32,000 thermal pixels to create a visible image on the smartphone. The thermal sensor of the Seek has a resolution of 206 x 156 pixels and features a 36° field of view, which is more than enough for our use cases. It also comes in an XR model, which stands for “Xtra Range”, allowing users to see objects at greater distances with adjustable focus and a narrower 20° field of focus.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge FX2 (FD332 & FC830) Review

Dell recently announced that it has expanded FX2 architecture to include two new server blocks and a new storage block. At its launch, and in our initial review, the FX2 had FC630 and FM120x4 compute blocks. This time we will be taking a closer look at the new FD332 storage block and the FC830 server block. The FD332 gives users the ability to uniquely add storage density by pulling the sled out and adding drives to its side. The FC830 enables users to have up to 8 cores in a single 2U enclosure. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Eaton S-Series Rack Review

The Eaton S-Series rack comes in both 42U and 48U heights, with depths of either 42” or 48”, and a variety of widths. The racks are ideal for small to medium-scale datacenter deployments to hold servers, storage arrays, and networking equipment as well as all the necessary power equipment to keep it up and running. The S-Series racks play an integral part in the growing StorageReview Lab where the overwhelming majority of enterprise equipment is rack-mounted, with a great deal of hardware is needed to operate the benchmarks we use in our day to day operation. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD Review

The 8th generation Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K 2.5" HDD allows data centers to keep up with the rapid growth in data all the while offering low power consumption. The 10k.8 drives are optimized for write-intensive applications such as mission-critical servers, external storage arrays and power- and space-constrained data centers as well as with enterprises with compliance or data security initiatives or those looking to migrate from a 3.5-inch drive form factor system to the 2.5inch next-gen technology. In addition, Seagate offers a TurboBoost model, which helps to accelerate I/O operations and to optimize response times in order to complete additional transactions at a faster rate. The Seagate Performance 10K.8 comes in capacities up to 1.8TB, and while it is more than the previous 10k.7 version and triple the storage pool of the 15K version, it still is much lower than most other enterprise drives out there. That being said, the Seagate Enterprise Performance line of HDDs certainly offers higher performance than the company's previously released hybrid drives. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD with TurboBoost HDD Review

The Seagate’s Enterprise Performance 10K HDDs are eighth generation of Seagate’s Enterprise Performance line. The drive is a 2.5” form factor, 10K SAS 12Gb/s HDD coupled with the “TurboBoost” of 32GB of eMLC flash for faster read and write performance as well as 128MB multisegmented cache. The drive comes with a maximum capacity of 1.8TB, 50% more capacity of the previous generation. For buyers with data security in mind, there is also a secure model available with instant secure erase. The drive also comes in capacities of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB, 900GB, and 1.2TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams eDrawer4048J Review

The EchoStreams eDrawer4048J is a 48-bay 4U JBOD. Though it is a 4U device, it is uniquely dense in that it can hold 48 3.5” 6G SAS drives and is only 21” deep. Using 8TB drives (such as HGST’s He8 drives) would give the JBOD a maximum capacity of 384TB. The device also supports 8 SFF8644 ports giving it up to 96Gbps of SAS bandwidth to either host or expansion connections.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G VPN Firewall Review

The Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G is a VPN Firewall designed specifically for remote offices, branch offices, and telecommuters offering secure network access to headquarter locations. The FVS336G provides businesses with an extensive feature-set including Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), multiple VPN pass-throughs , Network Address Translation (NAT), AES, and 3DES Encryption, Denial of Service (DoS) protection and more. It also offers protection against DoS attacks and unwanted traffic as well as SYSLOG, and SNMP, which allow for detailed network monitoring.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point Review

The Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point is a dual band 802.11ac AP designed for home and small offices that demand both performance and cost effectiveness. It supports up to collective throughput of 1.2 Gbps (300 Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps 802.11ac for 5 GHz) with the ability to operate in a standalone mode. Equipped with a user-friendly interface and a flexible desktop mounting stand, Netgear indicates that the WAC120 is built for easy setup, allowing users to simply connect to DSL gateway, routers, or cable modems. In addition, its Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) button gives clients an easy way for auto configuration.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Cloud Station Review

Synology has several NAS offerings for home, office, and even enterprise applications. All of their DiskStation NAS units are powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1 operating system, with 5.2 on the horizon. DSM offers lots of good, free apps to users, such as the recently reviewed Surveillance Station 7.0. Another free app that all users have access to is Synology Cloud Station. Cloud Station gives users and businesses their own cloud to save and sync files with. Users can work on a given file in the office, remotely, from home, or on a mobile device, save it to Cloud Station, and pick up from where they let off from any other device or location they choose.

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