by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH) Review

We recently had the opportunity to review an Intel NUC7CJYS; a low priced NUC. We were impressed with the value that it delivered and thought it would be interesting to see how much power Intel packs into a mid-tier NUC systems, in this case the NUC8i7BEH (Bean Canyon). Intel NUC systems are used by enthusiast that want to build a home lab that take up a minimal amount of space, custom builders that configure them for a specific purpose such as entertainment systems, home users that are looking for a quiet, small computer, and others that want a system that take up a minimal amount of space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston DC500M Enterprise SSD Review

Released in March of this year, the Kingston Data Center DC500M is a SATA enterprise SSD that leverages the latest 3D TLC NAND. Kingston's new SSD implements the company’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. Where the DC500R (R stands for read intensive) tended fall behind as write activity increased, the DC500M is built to excel in these types of workloads.

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by Lazaro Herrera

How to Install VMware ESXi

In the next edition of our Before the Home Lab series we’ll look our first hypervisor, VMware ESXi, and how to install it in a homelab setting. Full Disclosure: My homelab is fully ESXi / vSphere, with no vCenter deployments. 
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by Lyle Smith

iXsystems TrueCommand 1.0 Released

iXsystems has announced the release of TrueCommand 1.0, the company’s unified management system that monitors and controls TrueNAS and FreeNAS systems from a single-pane-of-glass. iXsystems claims that TrueCommand will simplify 24x7 operations, improve security, automate tasks, and promote faster problem resolution for NAS systems.

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by Blaise Robitaille

How to Install QNAP QTS 4.4.1 and Hybrid Backup Sync 3 Betas

QNAP has released Hybrid Backup Sync 3 (HBS) beta - Multi-cloud backup, data deduplication, instant restoration and flexible synchronization. Lets dive in and see how to install this latest release and what's in store for end users. But first, a word about beta software. Fair warning: beta software is never intended to be ready for “Production” – that said; if you are a business user - beware, homelabbers - have fun!

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Launches Zoned Storage Initiative

Today Western Digital announced the launch of Zoned Storage. Zoned Storage is an initiative that leverages new technology to create more efficient Zettabyte-scale architectures for data centers while helping to maintain more competitive TCO. The company also launched a developer site they will be hosting that includes open-source, standards-based tools and resources. 

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by Lyle Smith

Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved Plug-in for iXsystems’ FreeNAS Announced

Asigra Inc has announced the Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved Plug-in for iXsystems’ FreeNAS configured with the company’s latest software, version 14. With the combination of the FreeNAS storage operating system and the new Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved plug-in for FreeNAS, Asigra believes that it will offer comprehensive data protection, which is highlighted by effective anti-ransomware capabilities. Asigra’s strategic relationship with iXsystems allows customers with FreeNAS systems to easily implement the Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved plug-in.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Expands Its Storage-as-a-Service Offerings

Kaminario announced that it is expanding its Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) business with three new offerings along with a unified licensing framework. These new offerings included Kaminario Storage Utility consumption-based hardware acquisition, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and Kaminario for public cloud. The company states that these new offerings are ideal for its customer base that includes software as a service (SaaS), fintech, healthtech, eCommerce, and cloud service providers.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Azure & Oracle Cloud Interconnect

Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. This gives users the ability to combine the technology of both services for instance Azure services, like Analytics and AI, can seamlessly connect to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC Expand VxBlock 1000 Integration Across Servers

Dell EMC has made several announcements at this years at Cisco Live that expand VxBlock 1000 integration across servers, networking, storage, and data protection. This includes NVMe Over Fabrics, Extending Integrated Data Protection to the Cloud and Simplifying Cloud Operations with VxBlock Central 2.0.

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