by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How To: Migrate To a New Synology NAS using Synology Migration Assistant

Here we take a smaller 2-bay Synology NAS, the DS712+, and migrate the data to a larger 4-bay Synology NAS, DS918+. This is less about capacity, as the need for capacity and the general use of the NAS were met by the 2-bay, and more about modernizing the technology. Aside from more bays, the DS918+ has a newer Intel Celeron J3455 CPU and up to 4GB of DDR3L RAM, versus the DS712+ that has an Intel Atom D425 CPU and only 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Another big benefit is that the DS918+ is two M.2 NVMe bays for caching, giving an extra performance boost.

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by Alex Schuchter

Synology Announces New NAS Solutions

Synology has introduced new products to satisfy both home and enterprise users with the release of the DS420j and SA3600. With these new products, Synology is adding to both their DiskStation and SA NAS portfolios. 

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by Adam Armstrong

New iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Models Announced

Today iXsystems announced that it has expanded its FreeNAS Mini series of NAS devices with two new models. The models are the FreeNAS Mini XL+ that is aimed at larger organizations as well as the FreeNAS Mini E aimed at entry-level deployments. The new models have tighter integration with TrueNAS and cloud services and can be managed by the company's unified management system, TrueCommand.

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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 Marshall Gunnell

Synology DiskStation DS918+ Review

The DiskStation DS918+ is the newest edition of Synology’s 4-bay tower Plus Series NAS. This model offers four 3.5" bays in addition to two M.2 NVMe slots on the bottom for caching. Networking connectivity is provided through two 1GbE ports. The DS918+ designed for small and medium-sized businesses looking for a NAS that provides impressive performance. It also offers expandable storage capacity, allowing businesses the economical option of scaling as their business grows.

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by Brian Beeler

QNAP Qtier and SSD Cache Review

We review so many NAS systems that we rarely have time to explore all of the features available within these systems. From a QNAP perspective, they've been working to continue to enhance the ways flash can be taken advantage of within their systems. This is both in terms of aggressive hardware designs that allow for a ton of flash via 2.5" and/or M.2 slots, and within the NAS operating system itself (QNAP QTS). On the software side, QNAP offers two ways to accelerate NAS performance with SSDs. The first is their auto tiering mechanism dubbed Qtier, the second is via SSD cache. In this review we take a look at both options to illustrate the performance benefits of each technology.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Synology DS1819+ Review

Synology expanded their already-extensive portfolio back in November, 2018 with the 8-bay tower NAS, DS1819+. The DiskStation DS1819+, successor to the DS1817+, comes equipped with a Quad Core 2.1GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, and 4GB DDR4 RAM with expansion capabilities up to 32GB. For businesses demanding a NAS with a large data storage capacity, the DS1819+ provides a maximum internal raw storage capacity of 112TB with expansion capabilities of up to 252TB when using two DX517 expansion units.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-951X NAS Review

The 9-bay QNAP TVS-951X is a compact, performance-driven multimedia NAS with 10GbE connectivity. Described as a "budget-friendly" option for SMBs, the TVS-951X features the usual suspects for QNAP NAS devices; this includes three USB 3.0 ports (1 in the front and 2 on the back panel), a USB One Touch Copy button, an HDMI port, an a gigabit Ethernet port. It is also compatible with 3.5-inch, 2.5-inch hard drives, and 2.5-inch solid state drives.

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by Marshall Gunnell

QNAP TS-963X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-963X, launched back in May earlier this year, is an affordable NAS designed for small to medium-sized businesses. Powered by an AMD quad-core 2.0 GHz processor, up to 8GB RAM (expandable to 16GB, and 10GBASE-T connectivity that supports 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M connection speeds, this 9-bay NAS is perfect for organizations looking to enhance their mission-critical tasks performance through increased data efficiency and network transmission speed.

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