by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS1817+ is another comprehensive 8-bay NAS system from Synology designed to centralize storage for small growing businesses. At the center of the DS1817+ is a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine and up to 16GB in dual-channel DDR RAM, components that should allow the NAS solution to work well in most demanding environments (upwards of 1,179MB/s in sequential reads). The DS1817+ can store a maximum of 80TB in storage on a single system using eight 10TB drives, which can be upped to a massive total of 180TB via expansion units. This scalable solution also features four 1GbE LAN ports.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 628X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 628X is an 8-bay NAS designed for growing small and medium size businesses and is part of the NETGEAR's 620X line of high-performing NAS solutions. We previously reviewed the RN626X (the 6-bay model), which features the same premium build, and similar hardware and features: an Intel dual core server processor and is equipped with built-in dual 10Gb Ethernet ports, unlimited snapshots, disaster recovery and comprehensive--yet easy-to-use--file sharing capabilities.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-882ST3 Thunderbolt 3 Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the TVS-882ST3, a 2.5 inch 8-bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS powered by a 6th Generation Intel 14nm Core i7/i5 quad-core processor. The new NAS also features AES-NI encryption, 10GbE 10GBASE-T dual networking ports, USB 3.1 10Gbps Type-C/Type-A ports, and 4K HDMI output. QNAP indicates that it is specifically designed to house an all-SSD configuration to improve workflow collaboration between Thunderbolt 3-enabled Macs and Windows users.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1517+ NAS Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1517+ is a 5-bay NAS designed for encryption and intensive tasks. Powered by a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the DS1517+ comes equipped with quad 1GbE LAN ports and up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (dual channel). Synology also quotes speeds of 1,165MB/s and 527.99MB/s in sequential reading and writing, respectively, and can be expanded from 50TB to a maximum of 150TB using 15 drives via two DX517 expansion units.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x53B Series NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the new TS-x53B series, which is highlighted by a PCIe expansion slot for high-performing scalability and functionality that SMB and SOHO users need. Available in 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay models, the TS-x53B series is equipped with the 14nm Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, upwards of dual-channel 8GB DDR3L RAM, and SATA 6Gb/s drive support with integrated dual Gigabit LAN ports. QNAP quotes their TS-x53B series as having read and writes speeds upwards of 224MB/s during AES-NI accelerated encryption.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.3.3 Now Available

QNAP has announced the official release of QTS 4.3.3, the company’s latest version of their smart NAS operating system for devices such as the TS-831XTS-453A and many more. Version 4.3.3 brings users a new streamlined interface as well as more “intelligence” to its NAS operations and applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+, & Expansion Unit DX517

Today Synology Inc. launched two new DiskStation NAS, the DS1517+ and the DS1817+, along with the new expansion unit, DX517. The new NAS devices are the long-awaited 5- and 8-bay models. Synology states that the new models will offer high-performance, reliability, and versatility for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses. As with all Synology NAS devices, the new models are powered by the powerful and award-winning operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM), currently in its 6.1 version.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution

Today NETGEAR Inc. launched what it is referring to as the industry’s highest density 10GbE single-node network storage solution, the ReadyNAS 4360X. This new ReadyNas is a 4U unit that accommodates up to 60 HDDs. With three EDA4000 expansion units, the 4360X can have a max capacity of 1.32PB (using 10TB HDDs). The new ReadyNas is aimed at SMBs.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X is part of the company’s premium build NAS line designed for small growing businesses. Offering 6 drive-bays, the 626X can deliver a generous maximum storage capacity of 60TB and has the ability to scale up to 110TB using the company's EDA500 expansion chassis. The 626X also offers comprehensive file sharing, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud options. The ReadyNAS 626X is equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad-Core (2.4GHz Xeon) Server Processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with error-correcting functionality to detect and correct the many types of internal data corruption. Netgear also supports a 10GbE add-on card for more intensive data needs.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-831X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-831X is an 8-bay, quad-core storage solution that features two 10GbE SFP+ ports, SSD cache support, and AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption to improve overall system performance when protecting file transfers. Designed as a cost-effective NAS and purpose-built for growing businesses that require backup, restoration, private cloud and storage for virtualization, the TS-831X can be scaled up to 24 drives using two QNAP expansion enclosures (UX-800P) to create a generous 400TB when leveraging 8TB drives. When configured in Virtual JBOD, the storage pool can be expanded even further increased to more than 900TB when using another QNAP NAS.

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