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by Ed Hardy

Synology DiskStation DS216play Review

One option for those looking for network-attached storage (NAS) to store and stream up to 16 terabytes of video is the DiskStation DS216play from Synology. This 2-bay NAS can handle playing 4K video across a local network as well transcoding it so it can be streamed to a range of devices, including tablets and phones. Synology's new offering is built around an 1.5 GHz dual-core STM STiH412 Monaco chip. This is the source of the H.265 (HEVC) hardware-based transcoding, but only in Synology's own Video Station app. At this time, Plex isn't supported. A floating point unit helps speed up thumbnail generation.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro SuperServer 2028U-TNR4T+ Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 2028U-TNR4T+ is a high-end server that leverages the CSE-219UAC-R1K02 2U server chassis where the SC219UAC(4)-R1K02 2U server chassis and the X10DRU-i+ dual processor serverboard subsystems reside. Like other SuperServers before it, the 2028U-TNR4T+ offers a ton of flexibility for use cases that involve intense application workloads using its equipped 8x SATA3 (6Gbps), 24x SAS3 ports support via optional add-on Cards, and 4x NVMe slots, the latter which is two more than the 1028U SuperServer. We recently leveraged the 2028U-TNR4T+ to test the Intel SSD DC P3700, Memblaze PBlaze4, and Samsung XS1715 2.5" NVMe SSDs as well as the Huwei ES3000, HGST SN100, Memblaze PBlaze, and Intel P3608 HHHL AIC form factor NVMe SSDs. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K)

The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K (UP2715K) is touted as the industry’s first 5K monitor designed for media professionals or others looking for an Ultra High Definition monitor. Coupled with high-quality, built-in speakers by Harman Kardon, Dell’s new monitor features 14.7 million pixels at an optimal native resolution of 5120 x 2880 (seven times greater than a 1080p monitor), which allows it to boast some serious color definition: both precise and accurate.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Samsung XS1715 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

Samsung was first to the enterprise 2.5" NVMe SSD party when they announced the XS1715 in the summer of 2013. It was also the first solid-state drive to leverage the new SFF-8639 connector. While the drive didn't enter mass production until September of 2014, the XS1715 found immediate adoption by server OEMS looking to push the boundaries of what was possible in terms of high-speed server storage. We first saw the XS1715 in the Dell PowerEdge R920, which is part of Dell's 4x CPU powerhouse server line. Dell supported up to eight of the NVMe drives in that system and even with just two 800GB XS1715s, we saw over 1.1 million 4K read IOPS and over 800,000 8K read IOPS; it is also quoted to deliver sequential read speeds up 3,000MB/s, allowing it to process 500GB of data in under 3 minutes. As such, we will somewhat belatedly take a look at the 1.6TB XS1715 SSD to see how it holds up with a little bit of age on it, as the rest of the industry races to shake Samsung from its early leadership position in enterprise NVMe market.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Intel SSD DC P3700 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

The Intel SSD DC P3700 series of SSDs is Intel's latest NVMe SSD designed for mainstream applications and storage system providers. The P3700 comes in both a 2.5" and PCIe add-in card form factors and capacities up to 2TB. At the top end, the P3700 delivers up to 2,800MB/s sequential read, 2,000MB/s sequential write and 450,000 random 4K read IOPS. Beyond the hero numbers though, Intel is specifically targeting predictability in performance with the P3700, understanding that consistency of IOPS is as important as top-end performance. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Memblaze PBlaze4 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

The PBlaze4 enterprise SSD platform is a new generation of PCIe flash storage from Memblaze, built with PMC’s Flashtec NVMe controllers and Toshiba MLC NAND. This hardware profile powers Memblaze’s MemSpeed and MemSolid SSD optimization technologies as an NVMe-compliant SSD solution with performance and endurance specifications oriented towards hyperscale datacenters and other enterprise applications. Like the PBlaze3, this family of drives is capable of offloading many of the processes that are handled by host CPUs with other SSD architectures.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 (RN212) is a NAS aimed at home users and small offices. The NAS has two bays and a maximum capacity of 12TB, populating both bays with 6TB drives. The NAS uses a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex processor that allows them to deliver real-time 1080p high-definition video transcoding, according to NETGEAR few other consumer NAS can claim real-time HD transcoding. NETGEAR goes on to say that this NAS, along with its 4-bay model (RN214), are the first ARM-based designs to support this transcoding feature in a cost-effective solution.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2/Micron S600DC Enterprise SAS SSD Review

In February of this year, Micron and Seagate signed a strategic partnership to more or less leverage each other's strengths to create next-generation flash storage. Seagate has a deep IP portfolio around drive interfaces and Micron has access to a pool of flash via NAND fabs; the deal matches strengths of each pretty well. The first product from this partnership is an enterprise SAS SSD carrying a dual set of colors as both the Seagate 1200.2 and the Micron S600DC. The drives themselves are identical; all of the same components, firmware and drive features are offered by both companies and they even roll off the same production lines. The only difference will be go to market strategy for each and the stickers on the SSD's case. 

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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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