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by Alex Schuchter

Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD Review

The next generation of the boldly named Seagate Fast SSD is here. Now the Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD, this little square drive has similar features to its predecessor and a nearly identical design but, with an updated color scheme. Features sported by this drive include future-proof and fully reversible USB-C connectivity, special file-syncing software, and fast file transfer speeds which is to be expected with SSD technology.  With the special file-syncing software this drive makes it easy to keep files updated. The software syncs important folders and projects with the included backup and folder mirroring software and it automatically monitors target folders for file additions, deletions, or changes. Also, with the reversible USB-C cable it means there’s no right or wrong way to plug in. The days of plugging your USB in incorrectly are gone and the first try will always be the right way. Out of the box this drive works with both Windows and Mac which is a convenient feature. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC iDRAC9 V4.0 Overview

In last December was announced the latest version of Dell EMC’s out-of-band management solution, the iDRAC9 4.00.00.00. The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make server administrators more productive, allowing them to deploy, monitor, update, and manage PowerEdge servers, both locally and remotely. In the last firmware release, Dell EMC introduced many new features as well as a new license tier, the Datacenter License. The Datacenter license offers several unique features such as server data telemetry streaming and advanced thermal controls to help IT admins better understand and manage the datacenter.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperStorage 6019P-ACR12L+ Server Review

The SuperStorage 6019P-ACR12L+ is a 1U server designed for organizations that need a solution for high-density object storage, scale-out storage, Ceph/Hadoop, and Big Data Analytics. This server is highlighted by Supermicro’s X11-DDW-NT motherboard family, which features support for dual socket 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Cascade Lake), up to 3TB of ECC DDR4-2933MHz RAM, and Intel Optane DCPMM. This means higher frequency, more cores at a given price, and more in-processor cache, all of which promote higher performance. As such, businesses will reap higher performance for the same price, better price for the same performance, or better performance at lower costs compared to previous CLX servers.

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by Alex Schuchter

In the Lab: Plugable USB-C and USB-A Ethernet Adapters

At StorageReview, we get our hands on a lot of notebooks. Instead of connecting each and every new system to our wireless network we opt to connect devices using Ethernet cords so we can just plug and play. Not only does connecting to our network via Ethernet save us time, but it’s also important for us to connect this way to get the best results when copying over our large datasets for benchmarks. However, not all the products we test have an Ethernet port. This is where Plugable Ethernet Adapters come into play. By having both a Plugable USB Type-C and a Plugable USB 3.0 Type-A on hand we can instantly connect to our network via a USB port. These adapters don’t require external power or additional drivers, which is especially convenient. 

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkVision P44w-10 Monitor Review

The Lenovo ThinkVision P44w-10 is a massive, brilliant monitor that is designed to increase productivity of professionals that require a lot of screen real estate to do their day-to-day work. At 43.4 inches in size, this curved monitor can certainly help increase productivity in use cases like animation, diagnostic analysis, and general multitasking. It also features a range of advanced connectivity and an optional Harman Kardon certified speaker for a decent multimedia experience.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 IoT is an incredibly small form factor workstation purpose-built for IoT workloads. Though tiny, the M90n-1 packs in 4GB of DDR4 RAM, up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i3, up to two M.2 SSDs or up to 512GB of storage, and lots of connectivity. Aside from wired network connectivity the M90n IoT supports WiFi, Bluetooth, LPWAN, and 4G/LTE WWAN wireless connections to make sure that it can stay connected even in places where running network cables can be challenging. 

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by Alex Schuchter

WD Red 14TB NAS HDD Review

Western Digital released a new line of Red NAS drives in November of 2019 and among the newly launched drives a 14TB HDD was released; expanding the maximum capacity for the line’s HDDs. Purpose built for NAS system compatibility WD Red (non-pro) drives are ideal for home and small business NAS systems with up to 8 bays running in a 24/7 environment while supporting up to a 180 TB/year workload rate. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Plugable TBT3-UDV Dock Review

The Plugable TBT3-UDV Thunderbolt 3 docking station, like most of the new Thunderbolt 3 docks hitting the market, takes a new ultra-thin notebook and gives users all of the connectivity they need along with an Ethernet port for faster connection. The new dock can deliver up to 60W of power to a laptop as well, eliminating the need to have a power cord on the desk. 

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital SSD Dashboard Review

Western Digital SSD Dashboard is used to manage the company’s drives (which includes SanDisk products), featuring useful disk information, ways to optimize and sanitize/clean your SSD, and easy point-and-click firmware updates.  At first glance, we noticed that the interface has a much more modern look than most other SSD drive management tools we’ve looked at. It sports a nice blue background with an intelligent panel-layout design along the bottom. Navigating through sections is easy, responsive and intuitive.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD Toolbox Review

Intel consistently releases firmware updates to their SSDs to correct issues that may arise with operation, and perhaps more importantly for consumers, to occasionally deliver even greater performance and reliability to their SSDs. Intel has an advantage in the space by engineering some of their components in-house such as their NAND and controllers, and when you couple this with their vast industry knowledge, experience and IP, Intel is in a highly advantageous spot for producing SSDs. Almost all of those SSDs can be upgraded and managed with a single application called the Intel SSD Toolbox.
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