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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Samsung SSD 840 Pro Enterprise SSD Review

The Samsung SSD 840 Pro isn't a new SSD, it was released 18 months ago and targeted toward the client market. At the time, we did a complete review of the SSD 840 Pro and found it to be a very capable SSD for its targeted use cases. A funny thing has happened though over time. Web hosts and many others looking for a good SSD with moderate write endurance have been turning to the SSD 840 Pro. It's a lower cost alternative than duty-built drives designed for enterprise users and it still offers a good mix of performance and write endurance. This phenomenon isn't new, even hybrid and all flash arrays have been "guilty" of using client SSDs as their mainstay for many years. Despite the best intentions of the SSD vendors who would prefer enterprise users buy their enterprise drives, the cost equation sometimes wins out, hence the 840 Pro wiggling itself into more and more server deployments, despite its relative age and client focus. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Review

The new iXsystems FreeNAS Mini is a power efficient home and small office NAS featuring an 8-core 2.4GHz Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). The Mini, which was developed with the FreeNAS community in mind, utilizes ECC RAM, which reduces its possible error rate compared to previous models. The Mini of course features all of the FreeNAS goodies like compression and optional data deduplication, which is unavailable in other NAS consoles in its class, maximizing its 16TB of storage space and eliminating superfluous reiterations. It is the most customizable (both in terms of hardware and interface) NAS in its class and its free operating system has an active developer community, producing new (and free) updates regularly. Although the FreeNAS interface is not as user-friendly as others in the Mini’s class (like Synology and QNAP), once users become familiarized it can be a very efficient system to manage with an extensive feature set and leading data reliability thanks to ZFS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214+ Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214+ is a 2-bay NAS server designed for small to medium businesses that need to share files across multiple platforms. The DS214+ has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.33GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the business-oriented Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214+ comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and eSATA ports.

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Dell EqualLogic PS6210XS Review

In December, Dell launched their new series of EqualLogic SANs, the PS6210 family. The updates are significant and highlighted by both performance and usability enhancements. On the performance side, Dell promises up to three times random read performance improvement compared to predecessor PS6110XS arrays. This is due in large part to the larger capacity SSDs and code enhancements to better handle the flash. Dell also introduced EqualLogic Array Software 7.0, EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 3.0, and new support for the Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 on EqualLogic FS7610/7600 NAS appliances.

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NetApp FAS2240-2 Review (FAS2200 Series)

The NetApp FAS2240-2 is a unified storage platform for both SAN and NAS that features 24 bays of high-performance storage for a maximum of 28.8TB of raw capacity, which can scale to 509TB using expansion disk shelves. Engineered primarily for midsized enterprises with distributed environments, the FAS2240-2 supports both SSDs and high-performance 10K HDDs. FAS2240-2 units feature either one or two controllers that allow for up to 6GB or 12GB of RAM, respectively. The FAS2240-2 incorporates up to 4 SAS ports and supports both Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier Pro SP920 SATA SSD Review

The ADATA Premier Pro SP920 2.5” SATA SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs of multimedia professionals looking for high-performance capabilities with large file transfers, such as massive videos files. Under the hood, it is equipped with the latest generation of the incomparable Marvell controller with the SATA III 6Gb/s specification. ADATA has indicated that their stringent selection of flash memory chips is said to enhance the overall system efficiency and speed, particularly with the transmission of multimedia files (or uncompressed data). 

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How To Lower Virtualized Data Center Expense With USB Flash

One of the little known or little explored secrets with servers running VMware ESXi 5.x is they can be booted off of USB or SD flash media. In such a scenario, enterprises could dump HBAs or RAID cards and the hard drives or SSDs that are used to boot the servers. Going this route yields a CAPEX benefit for new systems, the cost of flash media for boot is insignificant compared to the drives and storage adapter cards required to spin up a server. There are also gains in OPEX; the implications of moving to USB or SD flash media have a big advantage when considering the power required for a small flash media drive for boot vs. the more common practice of adapters and drives. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214 is a 2-Bay NAS geared toward small and home offices. The DS214 is specifically designed for users that need to share files (and share files from multiple platforms) and protect data. The DS214 has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.066GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214 comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and Ethernet ports.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Pro Review (4TB)

Today, WD launched the dual-drive My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution on the market designed for creative professionals and enthusiasts who demand mobile storage with both high performance and high capacity. The drive comes in both 2TB and 4TB capacities and features an all metal case and integrated Thunderbolt cable. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS214play Review

Synology’s DS214play provides 2 bays of NAS storage and its key component – video transcoding – allows users to easily convert media files to usable extensions, catering to owners of large media stores with conversion needs. The DS214play is also capable of streaming several 1080p videos across Windows, MacOS, and Linux at the same time giving the NAS a unique spot in Synology's diverse lineup. 

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