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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TVS-871 NAS Review

QNAP's 4th generation NAS family including the TVS-871, provides a comprehensive storage solution to growing businesses. With eight bays and 4GB of RAM, the TVS-871 sets up SMBs with a reliable server that can push solid performance (reported 2,335MB/s read and 2,150MB/s write) while offering modern features like 4K video transcoding, real-time remote replication (RTRR), SSD cache acceleration, and a wide range of third-party app compatibility. Users can also treat the TVS-871 as a PC through QvPC Technology, a QNAP-exclusive program that combines VM integration, cloud integration, transcoding, and the inherent NAS functionality. Thanks to QNAP's Virtualization Station, it is compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Android-based VMs, and can run Google Chrome for web browsing.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD Review

It’s always exciting when Samsung releases a new solid-state product, as they have been the clear leader in the solid-state market over the past few years in price-per-performance; each new addition to their portfolio has been an impressive and worthwhile upgrade. That being said, the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 line has finally hit the market, which is a tiny SSD designed to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and professionals. Because of its small M.2 form factor, the Samsung 950 Pro satisfies a plethora of uses cases where space is an issue, such as with ultra-slim notebooks and M.2 compatible workstation PC users that want to leverage Samsung’s pedigree in storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency, not to mention performance. However, perhaps the most significant draw to this new drive is the company's focus on giving their customers enterprise durability in the price range of a consumer-grade SSD.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Game Drive For Xbox Review

Seagate recently announced a 2TB external HDD designed specifically for Xbox consoles, including both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The drive is fairly small with Xbox branding and is bus powered through its USB 3.0 cord. The drive comes with 4 times the capacity of the initial Xbox One (and still twice the capacity of the currently offered console) and 8 times the capacity of the Xbox 360 Elite. The drive is designed to automatically work with Xbox consoles; there is no need to do anything other than plug it in and it will automatically set itself up.

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by Lyle Smith

LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapter Review

Though the LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapters have been around for a few years now, they are still the de facto standard for SAS2 solutions, which was immediately adapted when PCIe 3.0 was released. Since the inception of 6Gb/s SASs enabled HBAs and controllers, LSI has been its biggest proponent, having made incredibly successful devices since the beginning of the 9200 line. With these HBAs, LSI was a huge factor in pushing 6Gb/s into the mainstream.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x Review

The Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x are 12GB/s RAID controllers optimized for internal and external use, respectively. They feature the same transfer rate and PCLe 3.0 host interface as the previously reviewed LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-9i, but are geared more towards a workstation user rather than a server environment. This strengthens their appeal to creative contractors, like video or image editors, in need of very fast data transfer. Another key feature of this drive vs. others in its class is that it is compatible with Mac OS operating systems, which are commonly used by graphic designers and video editors.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 2

In Part 1 of our X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review we laid out the overview of what the ISE 860 G3 is and we looked at application and synthetic benchmarks. In a brief recap, the platform performed extraordinarily well across everything we threw at it, including MySQL, SQL Server and synthetic workloads. For the second part of our review we will be expanding our VMware virtualization testing of the ISE 860 G3 with VMmark tests, failing a controller under load and stressing the QoS engine on the ISE 860 G3 under MySQL workloads.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series

The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is designed to adapt to a wide variety of different work styles and use cases, as it provides consumers with a multi-purpose functionality including the added option of a desktop experience. Users can attach the mobile keyboard, take advantage of the desktop docking station with dual monitors, or simply use it purely as a tablet with its active stylus pen for easy note taking. It also works with existing x86 applications, peripherals, and management tools, which allows it to effortlessly fit into all kinds of business environment.

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by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Axess Elite Review (SX-AX20E)

The SurgeX Axess Elite (SX-AX20E) is a single rack-space 120V 20 amp (also available in 15 amp) AC power conditioner that works as a web-enabled power conditioning and energy management system, offering businesses advanced energy management as well as much needed surge protection. SurgeX is widely known as the leader in power conditioning and surge protection technology for quite some time now, as their product line protects mission critical equipment from AC surges and electrical transients, all of which have potential to disrupt performance, reliability, and even do irreparable damage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: HCIbench Synthetic Performance

One of the most common ways to stress a storage platform is through synthetic workloads or four-corners type of testing. In this testing scenario, we look at the peak I/O a platform can generate, as well as the peak bandwidth. While these figures aren't supposed to be used in place of application tests, they are helpful in comparing one platform to another and provide valuable insight for customers working on a PoC. To that end we have migrated hyper-converged synthetic tests to HCIbench, which VMware released earlier this year. At its core HCIbench leverages the industry-accepted VDbench workload generator and distributes VMs across a target cluster and aggregates the results. We use our own I/O profiles for this tool, which are linked below for users to replicate our tests.

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by Lyle Smith

Photofast MemoriesCable Review

Designed specifically for iOS mobile devices, the Photofast MemoriesCable combines external storage with the charging cable into one product, offering users a way to view, backup and restore all of their media. Previously, PhotoFast released the i-FlashDrive Max, a dual-sided Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive that transfers files to and from newer iPhone and iPad air devices. The MemoriesCable has the exact same functionality only that is has the added benefit of charging the device.

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