Accessories Reviews
by Lyle Smith

In The Lab: Netstor NP631N M.2 NVMe to PCIe Host Adapter

The Netstor NP631N is a PCIe 3.0 m.2 adapter that brings m.2 SSD compatibility to just about every desktop and server, and does so while delivering up to 32Gbps in performance via any PCIe x4, x8, and x16 slot. M.2 adapter cards are a great way for users to get the speedy NVMe performance if they don`t have a modern motherboard with a built-in M.2 slot. They're also handy for those looking to install more than one M.2 drive, as most new consumer-grade motherboards only have one or two slots available. In the enterprise space, M.2 adapters bring cost-effective boot-drive alternatives to servers without taking a front-mount slot and offer higher performance than other alternatives.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC ProSupport Enterprise Suite Review

Dell Services first launched its ProSupport service in 2008, and the response in the marketplace made it an award-winning service with high customer satisfaction. Five years later, Dell released its ProSupport Enterprise Suite to address the growing complexity in the converged IT enterprise environment. As the IT landscape evolves with virtualized systems, Big Data, Cloud, and converged infrastructure, the need for enterprise-class support is heightened. To address these needs, Dell EMC offers 3 tiers of support, as well as support for the Data Center.  Enterprise customers may choose from their Basic, ProSupport, or ProSupport Plus plans or select the ProSupport Enterprise Suite for the Data Center, which offers 4 levels of support.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Monitor For Video Conferencing Review (P2418HZ)

The Dell P2418HZ is a 24-inch monitor bundled with built-in functionality to make video conferencing a more seamless experience. Remote meetings are a standard practice, so there certainly is a lot of appeal for a purpose-built monitor that is ready out-of-the-box and optimized for sound and video recording. While most business monitors are frugal when it comes to built-in conferencing tech (or are devoid of it altogether), the P2418HZ includes a 2 megapixel full HD image sensor camera with a privacy shutter, noise-cancelling microphone, 5W integrated front-firing speakers and call-centric hardware buttons.

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by Brian Beeler

Supermicro SuperDOM Review

The SATADOM has been a popular way of leveraging a small amount of flash to get a boot image onto a server without burning one of the more valuable drive bays. For many OS images or hypervisors, the concept works perfectly well, some users can even get away with an SD card for such purposes. The SATADOM has several benefits though, including higher quality NAND and performance that far outstrips a memory card. Supermicro calls their effort in this space a SuperDOM, largely because the performance profile is higher than what traditional SATADOMs have offered; it's more along the lines of a standard SSD. The Supermicro SuperDOM uses a SATA 6Gb/s interface to connect directly to the server board and comes in capacities up to 128GB. The SuperDOM supports both X9 and X10 boards and uses only 1-2 watts.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Ultrasharp 30 Monitor (UP3017) Review

The Dell Ultrasharp UP3017 a a 30-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor that features a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560x1600 resolution and Dell's PremierColor technology. The color tuning and matte finish make the UP3017 well-positioned to tackle the demands of professionals who desire color accuracy and the ability to tweak if needed, but appreciate the true-to-life colors out of the box with no manual calibration required. As is standard with this class of Dell monitor, the unit contains a plethora of input and output connections, along with support for KVM and daisy chaining displays. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K SmartRack Portable Air-Conditioning Unit Review

While our focus is primarily on storage products, we sometimes explore their related hardware, including cooling solutions designed to keep our equipment running smoothly. Our primary source of cooling is fresh air, but during excessively warm periods we turn to spot chillers to keep sensitive review equipment cool. To that end we've added Tripp Lite's new SRCOOL24K SmartRack portable air conditioner to the test lab. Packing 24,000 BTU (2 Tons) of cooling power, this unit is designed remove up to 7kW of equipment load from a room in a fully self-contained package.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Tripp Lite SRCOOL7KRM Rackmount Air Conditioning Unit Review

When it comes to running a business that relies on storage technology, keeping equipment cool is paramount, as overheating can cause unscheduled shutdowns, system malfunctions, and even complete failures; all of which can result in expensive repairs/replacements, loss of important data, and valuable operation time. That’s where solutions like Tripp Lite’s SRCOOL7KRM come in. This rack-mounted air conditioning unit effectively blasts 7,000 BTU/h of close-coupled cooling power into highly-targeted areas of IT equipment. To that end, the SRCOOL7KRM is well-suited for heat-sensitive gear used in data centers, server rooms, network closets and other where rack-mounted equipment susceptible to heat. Because it has a small physical footprint, Tripp Lite’s air conditioning unit is also ideal for use cases where floor space is limited.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR216 Review

Synology has designed a storage solution that is optimized for easy PC-less surveillance in offices and small shops looking to leverage up to 4 IP cameras (or up to 9 with an upgraded unit). The NVR216 somewhat resembles one of Synology's 2-bay NAS units, but with an emphasis on providing HD video output with a small energy footprint and storage scalability (up to 7 drive bays with Synology's DX513) for future growth. Users can either connect the NVR216 directly to a monitor, or view camera feeds remotely with the DS cam mobile app (footage can be streamed in 720p/30FPS in either case).

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by Adam Armstrong

StarTech 1:2 Standalone Flash Drive Duplicator Review

The StarTech 1:2 Standalone Flash Drive Duplicator allows for fast (1.5GB/minute) and easy duplication of your flash drive without the need of a computer. The Drive Duplicator also supports copying SD/SDHC/Micro SD/MMC/Mini SD/CF media through a USB multimedia card reader (such as Kingston MobileLite Wireless not included). Along with quick duplication, there are erase options allowing you to erase up to two USB drives at once with a Quick, Full, or Secure Erase. 

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by Doug Crowthers

Tripp Lite SmartRack SRCOOL12K Review

As we've continued to expand our Enterprise Testing Lab, we've needed to look for ways to improve our cooling within the lab environment without the large expense of external cooling units. The team over at Tripp Lite offered us an easy all-in-one solution with its SMARTRACK Series SRCOOL12K, Self-Contained Portable Air Conditioning Unit. The SRCOOL12K is available in 120V (SRCOOL12K) or 230V (SRXCOOL12K) models. The unit offers 12,000 BTU of cooling power that provides adequate cooling for a 500 square foot room. That makes the SRCOOL12K well-suited for our Enterprise Testing Lab's footprint.

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