by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #27

In this weeks podcast the abbreviated team dives into the wonders of Silly Putty, the benefits of a warm Christmas day and waxes nostalgic on the shopping mall. We do get around to some tech news as well including the latest large capacity hard drives from WD and a few new SSD reviews the team produced over the break. Join us on another adventure that's tangentially related to enterprise IT! Warning, this podcast may contain explicit language.

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by Tom Fenton

Atrust s101C Server Review

The system in this review is an Atrust s101C which is a moderately-priced, mini-server form factor server.  The s101C has an Intel Xeon E3-1268L v3 processor, integrated on-board RAID, has Intel AMT for out of bound management, supports up to 32GB of RAM, and two 2.5” SATA drives. It has multiple ports for USB and video and audio connectivity. It also supports various versions of Windows, Linux, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and Userful Multiplatform.

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by Alex Schuchter

SK hynix PE6011 Enterprise SSD Review

We last discussed SK hynix back in August as we looked into the history of the company and overviewed their Enterprise SSD solutions. Today we are reviewing and looking at the performance of the SK hynix Enterprise SSD the PE6011. The PE6011 features a U.2 7mm form factor, 3D TLC NAND, PCIe NVMe interface, and capacities up to 7.68 TB. It is ideal for read-intensive workloads and light write usage. What's unique about this product is that from conceptualization to manufacturing everything is done in-house by SK hynix. This product is aimed at those looking for an economical PCIe solution for the datacenter environment. 

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: Choosing & Buying Servers

Whether it’s for learning technology for a current or future job, “geeking” out on hardware, or giving your household specific services, there are many reasons to own your own home lab servers. I love computer equipment and the feeling of potential productivity in those small sheets of aluminum. I can say without a doubt that my home lab has helped me get to where I am today and it continues to help me even now. Whether one, or all of those are your reasons, you have found yourself here as part of a series for home labs. In this series I will start with basic concepts and ideas so that you can use those to help you design and bring your own home lab to life. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston DC450R SSD Review (3.84TB)

Released a couple of months ago, the Kingston DC450R is an enterprise SATA SSD created for the data center. The R at the end of the name is indicative of the focus of the drive, in this case, read-centric. Specifically, the DC450R is designed with strict QoS requirements, to ensure performance consistency over a wide range of read intensive and read caching workloads. The Kingston DC450R SSD is ideal for Content Delivery Networks (CDN), edge computing applications, as well as various SDS architectures. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Sampling 20TB SMR & 18TB CMR HDDs

Western Digital (WDC) announced that it is shipping high capacity HDDs are sampling with enterprise OEM and hyperscale partners. These new HDDs include the 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDDs and 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDDs. These HDD’s were announced in September of this year. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #26

This week's podcast features the Cincinnati squad in addition to four-toe Tom and our special guest Blaise, from his homelab in the great north wilderness. The team talks more about Scale Computing's NUC-based HCI solution, Kevin highlights the simplicity of adding Quest's QoreStor to our existing Veeam environment, Adam sums up his learnings from 13 companies on the IT Press Tour last week, Blaise lays out the benefits of computing from within a QNAP NAS, and Brian provides a cowboy-themed music playlist for those who want the proper inspiration for their cowboy hat wearing adult time.
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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Announces 10c

This week the multi-cloud copy data management company, Actifio, announced their newest version of its comprehensive, secure, cloud-centric copy data management platform, Actifio 10c. This update is said to help customers to consume, migrate and use cloud services faster and at lower costs for data-driven transformation initiatives. The name 10c, stands for Cloud, Containers and Copy Data, though they seem to be missing 7c’s. 

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by Juan Mulford

Quest QoreStor Review

IT environments rely on systems, applications, and data to continuously deliver business and services. All these resources are critical parts of running a modern business. But data is the key factor in maintaining an operation successful; all business data could be gone in the blink of an eye due to a computer system or application crash, a disaster, or human error. Without the data, the business simply doesn’t exist. Backing data up and planning for disaster recovery is among the top IT solutions that no modern business could dare to prevail without. Data backup systems and disaster recovery (DR) solutions are accomplished by either using an on-premise or a remote cloud solution, both requiring storing massive amounts of information.  

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by Michael Rink

Aetina Adds New, Lower Cost, AI Edge Model

Aetina released new, lower-cost versions of their existing Aetina Jetson TX2 series carrier boards. Aetina was founded in Taiwan in 2012 and currently provides NVIDIA carrier boards. A carrier board (aka base board) houses the application-specific connectivity and multimedia interfaces such as USB, Ethernet, UART, HDMI, etc. The carrier board connects with the SoM via standard connectors such as SODIMM or MXM.

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