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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Micron M500DC Enterprise SSD Review

Micron today announced the availability of its new M500DC Enterprise SSD, a light-enterprise SSD designed and manufactured entirely in-house by Micron at a price point designed to make flash easier to adopt. Like its M500 cousin, the M500DC is built with Micron’s 20nm MLC flash and is offered with a SATA interface. The big change is the new M500DC increases the endurance from the M500, guaranteeing two drive fills per day for five years and a mean time between failures of 2M hours. The endurance figures are sufficient to deliver on enterprise use cases with fewer writes that still need advanced data path protection and features like power fail protection.

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by Adam Armstrong

Atto FastFrame NT12 Review

The Atto FastFrame NT12 is a dual port 10GBASE-T network adapter built on industry standard Intel silicon that offers faster speeds than 8Gbs Fibre Channel while being wire structured familiar for networking professionals. The NT12 provides improved iSCSI service with Lossless Ethernet (CEE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) support. The Atto FastFrame NT12 uses the Intel (X540 chipset) silicon to give it broad support for Windows and Linux servers The NT12 is especially geared for high performance I/O connectivity for Mac OS X environments, offering Xtend SAN (an iSCSI initiator for OSX). This makes the NT12 great for creative ventures that use exclusively Macs for their business, such as a graphic design firm, a recording studio, or video editing. Not only is the NT12 great for Macs, it is also backward compatible to Gig-E allowing for stage-upgrades. Additionally, the NT12 uses about 30% less power than competing NICs, which allows for lower energy and maintenance costs. 

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by Josh Linden

HGST 4TB Deskstar NAS HDD Review

The HGST Deskstar NAS is built on HGST’s 3.5-inch 7,200RPM Deskstar consumer drive platform and is intended for consumer and small business NAS appliances which are typically sold diskless. While the NAS designation implies a priority on reliability and capacity over performance, HGST has used a 7,200RPM platform rather than the typical 5,400RPM for drives in this class and reports seek times of less than 12ms in manufacturer benchmarks. The 7,200 RPM spindle speed is primarily employed in order to reduce the amount of time the drive must remain active in order to complete I/O operations, potentially giving small NAS users a higher-performance alternative to the standard 5K NAS drives or much more expensive enterprise-class HDDs.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Thecus N8810U-G NAS Review

The Thecus N8810U0-G is an 8-bay NAS that uses an Intel Pentium 2.9GHz dual core processor and 4GB RAM to provide up to 48TB of raw storage capacity. The N8810U0-G includes an array of features making it an interesting contender in the small office/home NAS market thanks to a mix of business and home user features. These range from the inclusion of 10GbE, VMware Ready certification and iSCSI thin-provisioning to iOS/Android apps and HDMI out. 

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by Lyle Smith

StorageReview NAS Test Lab

The StorageReview NAS Test Lab is a purpose built virtualized testing infrastructure to benchmark the growing number of 1GbE and 10Gbase-T shared storage products hitting the market. We've paired up with Tripp Lite for infrastructure products including the 42U SmartRack series rack, SmartPro 3kVA 2250W Line Interactive Sine Wave UPS, as well as their Single-Phase Monitored PDU for power distribution. These components give us plenty of capacity to continue to grow our NAS testing capabilities while keeping the environment around the products stable and free of power interruptions.

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X-IO Hyper ISE 710 Review

The X-IO Hyper ISE 710 hybrid storage array leverages an unprecedented level of hardware integration between its dual controller system and tiered SAS HDD and SSD media in order to guarantee industry-leading performance and longevity. The 7.2TB Hyper ISE 710 makes use of X-IO’s Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) engine and proprietary In-Situ Remanufacturing technology though a partnership with Seagate to optimize hard drive performance and durability at the individual platter scale in order to offer five years of operation without requiring any drive replacements.

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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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