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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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology RackStation RS816 NAS Review

As part of Synology's Value Series of NAS devices, the RS816 RackStation delivers scalable storage in a compact enclosure at a low cost. The RS816 is almost completely identical to Synology's RS815 RackStation, with the exception of its improved processing power (1.33GHz in the RS815 vs. 1.8GHz in the RS816). This obviously translates to an improved performance in the newer model, which boasts reported transfer speeds of 218MB/s read and 147.43MB/s write. As with the older model, Synology equipped the RS816 with an eSATA port, which can be used to attach one of Synology's RX415 expansion units for a total of 8 bays and 80TB of total raw storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815RP+ NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815RP+ (the RP referring to its use of redundant power supplies) is a high-performing NAS built specifically to handle intensive, resource-heavy tasks and encryption. As is the case with most Synology RackStations, the RS815RP+ is built to easily scale for growing businesses by leveraging the company's RX415 expansion units via eSATA. This allows for the use of 8 total drives for a maximum raw capacity of 80TB, making it ideal for small businesses looking for a rack-based storage solution that can grow with the organization. The RS815+ also features an AES-NI hardware encryption, an engine which distributes the encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU to help improve overall performance. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TBS-453A M.2 SSD-based NASbook Now Available

QNAP Systems has released the TBS-453A NASbook, which is touted as the world’s first M.2 SSD-based NAS. The TBS-453A provides users with full NAS functionalities and RAID protection in an ultra-compact size. It also acts as a physical network switch to share network access with multiple users and features a near-silent design, dual HDMI output, and 4K display.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Updates 5big Thunderbolt 2 With Seagate Enterprise NAS HDDs

LaCie has announced a significant capacity increase for their 5big Thunderbolt 2 professional 5-disk storage solution by leveraging Seagate’s new 8TB Enterprise NAS HDDs. With this new build, the updated LaCie 5big now offers an impressive 40TB in storage (i.e. 33 percent capacity increase compared to the last generation) as well as an extended warranty. The new LaCie 5big is designed for 4K video workflows due to its Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hardware RAID reliability.

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by Adam Armstrong

Drobo Releases New B810i iSCSI SAN

Today Drobo announced the launch of its new 8-bay iSCSI SAN, the Drobo B810i. This new SAN is aimed at the SMB market and will be replacing the Drobo B800i. Customers can either mount it in a rack or keep it on a desktop, as the SAN provides flexible block storage, entry-level virtualization, and enough capacity for most creative pros.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-463 NAS Review

The TVS-463 is a NAS solution designed for home to business applications with the ability to expand the total raw storage capacity up to 160TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure. In addition, the TVS-463 is 10GbE-ready when using the optional PCI-E network expansion, which allows for high performance and persistent throughput.  The TVS-463 comes equipped with a AMD 2.4GHz quad-core x86 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB) as well as five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, and two Gigabit LAN Ports. This functionality allows the TVS-463 to be used as a PC via its QvPC Technology; users simply plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and they are now able to operate the NAS using HybridDesk Station on the screen. Users can also run multiple Windows, Linux, Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology NVR216 Compact NVR Solution Announced

Synology has introduced the NVR216 compact NVR solution designed for small shops, offices and other places where space is an issue. The NVR216 is equipped with a dedicated 1080p HDMI output, which allows users to directly connect to a monitor for easy surveillance, as well as the ability to manage cameras and recordings. Available in both a 4 or 9 channel configuration, each channel can run at 720p/30FPS for smooth video feedback. Additionally, NVR216 can be expanded to 4 drives when leveraging the DX213 expansion unit, which gives the new NVR solution a “future proof” build; something that growing businesses often desire.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TVS-871 NAS Review

QNAP's 4th generation NAS family including the TVS-871, provides a comprehensive storage solution to growing businesses. With eight bays and 4GB of RAM, the TVS-871 sets up SMBs with a reliable server that can push solid performance (reported 2,335MB/s read and 2,150MB/s write) while offering modern features like 4K video transcoding, real-time remote replication (RTRR), SSD cache acceleration, and a wide range of third-party app compatibility. Users can also treat the TVS-871 as a PC through QvPC Technology, a QNAP-exclusive program that combines VM integration, cloud integration, transcoding, and the inherent NAS functionality. Thanks to QNAP's Virtualization Station, it is compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Android-based VMs, and can run Google Chrome for web browsing.

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