by Juan Mulford

How To: Expand a VMware vSAN Cluster with a New Host

Last week we started a new configuration in our lab using a 3-nodes vSAN cluster. You can check the introduction of this configuration here, and for more details, take a look and explore the video (and more to come) in our revitalized YouTube channel

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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 Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Enhances Isilon Adding Kubernetes Support

Today Dell EMC announced new platform enhancements for its Dell EMC Isilon and new capabilities for Dell EMC Isilon OneFS. These new enhancements include using CloudIQ to monitor for issues across Dell EMC storage environments. Isilon will support Kubernetes through a CSI. With OneFS, users will be able to scale-out to cloud in Microsoft Azure with Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services. Isilon OneFS can now reduce storage footprint by delivering up to 3x greater effective capacity and support for 4x larger file sizes.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-251D 2-Bay NAS Now Available

QNAP has released the TS-251D (TS-251D-4G and TS-251D-2G models), the company’s newest 2-bay consumer NAS. Featuring 4K media transcoding and streaming capabilities, the TS-251D is designed to give users an effective cross-device multimedia experience. The TS-251D is also highlighted by a PCIe slot, which adds expanded functionality.

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by Alex Schuchter

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch Review

Earlier this month Samsung introduced a next-generation external storage solution, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch. This drive is faster, more compact, and features convenient data protection all wrapped inside a sleek and slim aluminum palm-sized case roughly the size of a credit card. The T7 Touch delivers read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000MB/s, which is more than 1.9 times faster than current SATA-based portable SSDs and more than 9.5 times faster than external HDDs. Additionally, the T7 offers password protection based on AES 256-bit hardware encryption and fingerprint recognition as means of convenient but powerful security.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC Unity XT Hardware Overview and System Configuration Video

The Dell EMC Unity XT storage array is the tip of the Dell EMC midrange storage spear. With a big boost in performance over the prior generation Unity arrays, the XT can deliver over 2.5 million IOPS and support 16PB in the top end configuration. Our particular model in for review is the Unity XT 480F, with the F standing for all-flash. In this video we do a detailed hardware overview of the system, highlighting the drives, I/O modules and what’s inside each controller. The second portion of the video walks through the Unity XT configuration wizard in Unisphere and ultimately the setup of a datastore for VMware vSphere.

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by Adam Armstrong

NAKIVO Releases Backup & Replication v9.1

Today NAKIVO announced that version 9.1 of its Backup & Replication is out. The latest version introducing some interesting features like native backup to tape, physical Linux Server backup, physical workstation backup, and instant verification. This extends NAKIVO’s previous backup footprint that focused on virtualized and cloud environments.

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by Brian Beeler

GIGABYTE R281-NO0 24 NVMe Bay Server Hardware Overview Video

The GIGABYTE R281-NO0 is a 2 processor, 2U server designed for demanding enterprise applications. Because of its 24 NVMe bays across the front and plenty of expansion options in the back, the server is also ideally suited for software defined storage as well. The platform supports 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, along with persistent memory and 24 DIMM slots. Our system is configured with Micron 9300 NVMe SSDs for the primary pool, with 2 2.5" drive bays in the back for server boot duty. In this video we provide an overview of the system and the configuration we've built for review. Read more

by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Adds Teradici PCoIP Technology

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced that they have added support for Teradici PCoIP (PC-over-IP) technology. The company has also added Teradici Cloud Access Software that QNAP states will provide a secure, smooth and flexible end-to-end hybrid cloud solution. The addition of Teradici technology will give users a secure, remote way to access their Virtual Machines.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #30

The team got together for the weekly podcast to discuss the news of the week highlighted by Netgear, Quantum, Kingston, Supermicro and much more. Most importantly we cover off on the newly revitalized YouTube channel and the fact that Kevin's youngest son think's his dad's videos are stupid. Further, Kevin grapples with the harsh reality of internet life, as his solo video on packaging hard drives for shipment received only an 86% approval rating on YouTube. In Adam's Movie Corner we discuss Brawl in Cell Block 99 and why Brian is out on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Adam then selects 2000's American Psycho for his recommendation this week, streaming on Netflix. 

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