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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.  

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.

ADATA SE800 Portable SSD Review

The ADATA SE800 is the company’s newest high-performance external SSD. Lightweight and compact, this new portable SSD leverages the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface and is designed for content professionals dealing with large files or simply those consistently need to transfer a lot of data very fast. It is also ideal for gamers looking for supplemental storage on their PS4 or Xbox One consoles. Over the past few years, ADATA has been the go-to brand for inexpensive storage products that give consumers a great bang for their buck.

HP ZBook 15 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 15 G6 is the newest addition to the company’s power-driven mobile workstation line. The next-gen HP laptop features a range of upgraded hardware over the G5 model, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (for complex, multithreaded applications), a generous 128GB of RAM, and three GPU options including the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features a wide range of connectivity including 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3  + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

QNAP TS-1277 & Mustang 200 Review

As we have covered nearly two years ago, Ryzen NAS solutions have changed the game by pairing the best desktop processors with solid NAS hardware. The QNAP TS-x77 comes in both Ryzen 5 and 7 varieties bosting 6 and 8 core (12 and 16 thread) skus. Most importantly these NAS solutions are expandable.

Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (1TB) Review

The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (TBT3-NVME1TB) is a quick and easy way to add NVMe storage to one’s device. The portable drive is designed with those that need faster speeds in mind, including content creators and gamers. The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD is offered in multiple capacities, however, we will be looking at the 1TB for this review.

Cisco to Aquire Exablaze

Cisco has announced its intention to aquire Exablaze, a privately held, Australia-based vendor of low-latency networking equipment. Cisco indicates that, by integrating Exablaze’s products and technology into the their own portfolio, they will gain the latest Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology with the necessary flexibility and programmability their customers need. Among these Exablaze products are advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards, as well as Terminal Access Point aggregation packet brokers.

StorageReview Podcast #25

While Adam is galavanting around California, Brian, Kevin and Tom break down the most popular news including PFsense, the latest IDC converged systems tracker, the green data center, new NUC-based solutions and much more. Also there's big news about the cowboy hat, discussions of adult activities involving said cowboy hat, Tom wanders off on a conversation about dance movies and we come full circle to solve maritime collisions. Warning, this podcast contains explicit language.

NetApp AFF A800 NVMeOF Review

Those in the market for a high-performance all-flash storage array, would be well met with the NetApp AFF A800. The end-to-end NVMe array delivers massive performance and comes from NetApp’s strong line of AFF arrays. We have previously reviewed the A800 over Fibre Channel and found it to be a beast of a performer netting our Editor’s Choice award. For this review we are testing the same array only this time leveraging NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeOF). 

Dell EMC Adds Two Plugins To Unity XT

Dell Technologies released two plugins for Dell EMC Unity XT. Unity, in this case, does not refer to the popular video game software development environment, but to Dell's line of all-flash unified storage servers. The first plugin is for Kubernetes and is called the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin. The second plugin is a VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) plugin.