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QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches New RackStations & Expansion Units

Today Synology Inc. announced that it was launching new RackStations and expansion units. The new RackStations are the RS18017xs+ and RS4017xs+ and the new expansion units are RX2417sas and RX1217sas. The upgrade centers around delivering more processing power and higher scalability.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Reveals New 16-bay NAS, Thunderbolt3 Connectivity, 4K Capability, & More

Today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, QNAP Inc. made several announcements around its NAS lines. These announcements include several enhancements such as new Thunderbolt 3 solutions, Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet (T2E) converter technology, new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and new 4K live-streaming/broadcasting. QNAP is also releasing a powerful new 16-Bay NAS, showing that the company is address needs from consumer to enterprise.

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by Mark Kidd

Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X Review

The ReadyNAS 4312 series packages Netgear’s latest storage technologies into a 2U rackmount form-factor. The ReadyNAS 4312X features an Intel Xeon E3-1245v5 quad-core processor with 16GB DDR memory and dual 10GbE interfaces for network throughput, while ReadyNAS OS 6 provides the administrative interface to a wide range of functionality. The result is a general-purpose workhorse NAS that can take on most common SMB scenarios including shared storage, backup, and virtualization.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Introduces Its First All-Flash NAS, The FlashStation FS3017

Synology has launched its first all-flash NAS, FlashStation FS3017. Synology has a ton of NAS devices and they have supported flash for some time (with a flash caching option as well). The FS3017 marks the first time the company has released a product specifically designed for flash as opposed to also supporting it. Synology states that the FS3017 is ideal for big data analysis, video post-production, virtualization, and handling any demanding database application.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches Its New Quad-Core, 16-Bay SMB NAS

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. released a new 16-bay NAS aimed at the SMB market, the TS-1635. This new NAS supports up to 12 3.5” drives and 4 2.5” SSDs. On top of this, the TS-1635 also comes with two 10Gbe ports and two Gigabit ports helping companies meet the demands of next-generation networks. QNAP states that all of this comes in a cost-effective NAS, though there doesn’t appear to be a price listed at the moment.

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by Tucker Mindrum

NETGEAR Expands ReadyNAS Family With Five New NAS Systems

During the IFA 2016 trade show, NETGEAR announced the release of two new Desktop NAS models and three new Rackmount models, all of which are geared towards small to medium-sized businesses in need of high-performing servers. NETGEAR claims that their new 6-bay desktop NAS models (i.e., ReadyNAS 526X and ReadyNAS 626X) and 12-bay rackmount models are the fastest servers on the market in their class thanks to their use of dual 10GbE ports.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces RackStation RS3617xs and RS816

Synology has announced two new high-performing NAS solutions, the RackStation RS3617xs and RS816. Robust and scalable, the RS3617xs is designed to provide greater agility and higher efficiency to support large-scale businesses, while the RS816 is a compact 1U 4-bay server rackmount server built for growing businesses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panasas Launches ActiveStor 20

Today Panasas introduced its latest hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, ActiveStor 20. Panasas states that this new version of ActiveStor sports a 65% increase in flash and a 25% increase in hard drive capacity. The new ActiveStor is utilizing high density SSDs and 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based HDDs to gain more capacity and performance. In fact, Panasas is claiming performance of 360GB/s and over 2.6 million IOPS with up to 45PB of capacity in a single namespace.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Ups Its Game Into the Enterprise Market

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the first product in what will be a new line for mission-critical tasks and intensive virtualization applications. The newest product is the Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc and marks the first step for QNAP into the larger enterprise storage market. QNAP claims that its new ES1640dc can deliver business-class cloud computing data storage and full support for virtualization environments. QNAP will also be using a new operating system (OS) on the ES1640dc, the FreeBSD-based QES.

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