Medium SAN/NAS (12+ bays) Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R Review

In 2018, QSAN rolled out its XCubeNAS XN8000R series of next generation, high efficiency NAS products. The XN8000R series is aimed at SMBs that leverage enterprise applications. There are two types in this series, the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8008R and the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R. The last two digits, -08 and -12, are reflective of how many LFF bays (3.5") the NAS has. In this review we will be looking at the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R, with 12 front facing bays and 6 rear facing bays.

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by Marshall Gunnell

NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN2312 Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 2312 is a high-density 12-bay 1U rack NAS designed for SMB’s looking for low-cost storage with future expansion potential. The RN2312 features its OS business features that users have grown accustomed to, including automated backup, disaster recovery, and 5 levels of data protection. This 1U NAS is ideal for environments requiring high-performance and data scalability at a low initial investment.

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D Review

Earlier this year, QSAN launched its first All-Flash SAN with the QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D. As opposed to being a update to QSAN’s XCubeSAN line, the XCubeFAS XF2026D is an all new SAN product. The product is built on the foundations of being user-friendly, can be deployed and integrated into any environment, and is affordable regardless of the size of the company. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeSAN XS5226D Review

Last year we reviewed the QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series that we found to have good performance, good capabilities, and a good price for the SMB and ROBO markets that were its target. For this review, we will be looking at the same appliance with the higher-end XS5226 controller in it. As design and build and management are identical (we are using the same chassis), readers can refer back to the previous review.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series Review

The QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series is a dual controller SAN designed to meet the needs of SMBs and ROBO. Supporting both Fibre Channel and iSCSI, the XS1200 can handle the requisite workloads. QSAN offers a wide variety of features in the array via SANOS 4.0 highlighted by thin provisioning, SSD read/write cache, tiering, snapshots, local volume clones and remote replication. Internally, the controllers are powered by Intel D1500 two-core CPUs and 4GB of DDR4 memory. For those who need to scale up, QSAN offers the XD5300 expansion unit; the XS1200 can support up to 286 drives in total.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP TS-1685 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-1685 is a 16-bay NAS with a somewhat unconventional configuration. The desktop form factor houses twelve 3.5" bays designed for hard drives and four 2.5" bays for SSDs. Better yet, QNAP has included six M.2 bays internally, which means users can load six more SATA SSDs should they like. Powering the TS-1685 is an Intel Xeon D Processor and support for up to 128GB in RAM. Turning to connectivity, the NAS has four GbE and two 10GbE ports on board. There are also three PCIe expansion slots that enable further connectivity options or add-on cards like more SSDs, graphics cards, audio cards and the like. Given all this flexibility and the myriad storage options, it's hard to pin down exactly the best place for the TS-1685. QNAP sees it as a great option for SMBs that need a combination of file shares, virtualized storage, backup targets, and application storage -- essentially making it a "jack-of-all-trades" for a growing small business or ROBO location.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3617xs is a 12-bay NAS solution built for high-performance for demanding business applications, and helps businesses centralize their storage, simplify data management, and seamlessly deploy virtualization solutions. The RS3617xs comes equipped with four Gigabit ports, dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots that can host 10GbE NICs, and supports SSD cache for improved throughput.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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by Mark Kidd

Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X Review

The ReadyNAS 4312 series packages Netgear’s latest storage technologies into a 2U rackmount form-factor. The ReadyNAS 4312X features an Intel Xeon E3-1245v5 quad-core processor with 16GB DDR memory and dual 10GbE interfaces for network throughput, while ReadyNAS OS 6 provides the administrative interface to a wide range of functionality. The result is a general-purpose workhorse NAS that can take on most common SMB scenarios including shared storage, backup, and virtualization.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS3615xs Review

The DS3615xs is Synology's top-performing and highest-capacity DiskStation (tower form factor), with reported transfer speeds of 2,214MB/s (read) and up to 288TB of raw storage (with two DX1215 expansion units). This NAS was designed to serve large-scale businesses that want to set up a comprehensive server while retaining the option of expanding their storage capabilities in the future. As it is a constituent of Synology's XS Series, the DS3615xs leverages top-of-the-line hardware, including a 3.4GHz CPU and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM (with the ability to expand to 32GB of RAM). As with all of their DiskStation units, the DS3615xs makes use of Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface, as well as all of the features and applications therein.

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