by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SN550 SSD Review

The WD Blue SN550 is the company’s newest mainstream NVMe SSD and successor to the SN500, which we reviewed earlier this year. The new WD drive is a consumer, entry-level drive all packed inside the small M.2 2280 form factor. This includes an in-house controller, firmware, and their latest 3D NAND. As such, this makes it ideal for PC users looking to improve overall system performance over traditional SATA SSDs and especially HDDs, for jobs including booting and application load speeds. It’s also perfect for those looking to move to an NVMe-based SSD at a very affordable cost.

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: Dive Into Storage

We’ve now got servers out of the way and if you’re like me, you’ve chosen some power-hungry beasts that heat your little home office. At some point I want to move back into a house that has basements as those seem to an awesome location for such things unless you have an actual wiring closet built in to your house. We will now go over another important piece to your home lab - storage. There are several decisions that need to be made regarding storage, and each one will affect your lab a little differently. In this post, we will go over the differences between disk types, controllers, storage, and storage protocols so you are completely prepared to make the best decision. 

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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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