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  1. 2 points
    Put them in a server and run some sort of SDS on top of it like Nexenta. Fun learning experience and gets you a cheap SAN.
  2. 2 points
    Note the three years in between though...they've been surprised by the interest in the platform I think. Now, if WD could just get those 2.5" Reds up to 2TB in a 9.5mm...
  3. 2 points
    Long-time watcher of StorageReview, but I registered just to be able to comment on this review. An excellent review, though your testing seems a bit high-end for the likely intended usage. I'd bet the majority of the target users for this SOHO device won't have a backbone that supports iSCSI or even dual-port aggregation. As you point out, 2-10 users in a casual / small office setting or for home use seems a likely audience. Such an audience would be much more likely to have an entry-level GbE switch as opposed to a managed backbone that costs 10x more. To that point, I've used the entire line of BlackArmor devices, and there are three critical issues common to them that seem to be repeated with the replacement Business Storage line... none of which are mentioned in the review, but they may not impact everyone so I'm not sure they necessarily bear mentioning up-front. 1) Performance. You obtained okay numbers in your testbed, but as summarized above, I doubt you'd see that infrastructure in the wild. I'd suggest you at least pair it with testing results from a cheapo GbE switch using a single LAN plug and simple Windows file sharing / disk mapping. Unless the BS line has markedly improved from the BA line, you'll see performance on the order of 15 MB/s read, 10 MB/s write. Horrendous for anything but backups, really, which is all I use my BA boxes for. Also, I recognize that there's a massive disparity of price points and target audience, but I get 110 MB/s--TEN TIMES the performance--from my Synology boxes, and 50-70 MB/s from my Drobos. And that's on a cost-conscious backbone of entry-level GbE switches using one LAN port per device and simple, iSCSI-less file sharing in Windows. There's no comparison at all. 2) Compatibility. Massively overpriced with disks, the BA and BS line are very reasonable when purchased diskless. I've used Buffalo, Seagate, Synology, and Drobo NAS boxes in small-business and personal settings, and diskless BA/BS boxes are far and away the cheapest way really of adding reliable (but not fast!) NAS storage in such contexts. But these NAS boxes only support Seagate disks. True, this is a Seagate device, but it seems as though someone had to intentionally code a rejection routine into the firmware, which is just kind of an obnoxious move. In addition, some of the compatibility notes for "certified drives" listed for the BA line are flat-out falsified--the diskless BA 400 will simply NOT work with the 1.5 TB desktop line of Seagate disks, period. 3) Risk. For those who know what they're doing, these are fairly easy boxes to deploy, and the web-based UI is second only to Synology's in my experience. But it's easy, far too easy, to make a catastrophic mistake. For example, if you set up a BA box using one LAN port, and then try to plug in a second LAN plug, it will not only not work, but it has a strong chance of corrupting the entire array, forcing you to not only lose all data and set everything up again, but in order to even begin to do so, you must eject each disk individually and reformat it using a separate computer. Otherwise it won't set itself up. Now, much of my comments above are from my experience with the older BA boxes, but I'd like to know if those issues have been resolved with the replacement BS line. Anyway, as always, I love seeing info on Storage Review.com so keep up the good work!
  4. 2 points
    You're almost right here. What's missing is that copying small files, even from the same directory, will automatically include some random access too. The files being read may be spread across the disk, they may be written different locations, filling up holes in the current file structure (what ever the OS see fit) and the MFT may be accessed. That's why multi-threaded copy for higher queue depths still improves throughput: the disk can arrange the accesses better through NCQ and can reduce access times. BTW: if the folders you're copying are often the same I'd look into incremental sync'ing with e.g. DirSync (nice freeware). Not sure it can increase QD, but it certainly saves time not to transfer untouched files again. And I'm not a fan of buying large SSDs for storage, that's often a waste of money (IMO). I'd rather use the SSD for temperary storage and as automatic cache. If you're concerned with many small files an SSD would be ideal. And if the SSD cache also buffers writes you may see a massive speed increase. The cache capacity would also be huge compared to the amount of storage required for small files MrS
  5. 1 point
    Ultimately the storage-centric R730xd offers new degrees of flexibility for those who want to keep storage as close as possible to the compute layer. The chassis has a lot of potential in SDS situations too, something Dell likely had in mind as they continue to innovate generation after generation with leading storage server solutions. Dell PowerEdge 13G R730xd Review
  6. 1 point
    I'd buy a few $40 pci express cards, combined with the motherboards on board sata, and mdadm/linux or zfs/freebsd those dudes into whatever you want. Sent from my rooted HTC Supersonic using Tapatalk 2 Pro
  7. 1 point
    Specifically, they have little ability to innovate going forward and I question their ability to build a proper support network. Note that the opinion is largely based on a US-centric slant, some brands have better adoption in Europe or Asia for instance. The decision to rebrand the M550 is a pretty clear case. They had no ability to create a new product with the delays in SandForce, so the best option was to copy Micron and hope to make money by selling a slower version for $10 less? Poor business sense and not something I'd invest my money in as an SSD buyer.
  8. 1 point
    Seagate NAS is what I was referring to. HGST is a 7K design...if you're really worried about noise I'd stick with the slower spindle.
  9. 1 point
    I don't know what your deal is, but they do not, and never have sold refurbished drives in external drives. Total nonsense. I've been buying Seagate externals and shucking them for years, and I've never once got a refurb inside. They've got normal drives in them, sometimes with slightly different firmware, but otherwise normal drives. I'm currently using 4 Seagate drives I pulled out of external boxes, an old 2TB Barracuda LP (nearly 4 years on that drive), a 3TB Barracuda XT, and two 4TB Desktop.15 drives. All are in a NAS box, and all have run perfectly. Buying externals sometimes means you lose warranty (sometimes the bare drive will have warranty, sometime it'll be an OEM drive with no warranty), but it's a cheap way of getting the newest drives, and I personally prefer buying externals and shucking them than risk buying a bare drive that may have been mishandled somewhere along the supply chain. Only drive I've had that's failed recently was a 1TB WD Green shucked from a Toshiba external drive years ago, but it had a hard life in it's external box before I ripped it out and used it 24/7 for a year at which point it died.
  10. 1 point
    Looks like the LSI controller is the safe bet. I'll have to wait for a 9361-16i - google tweaktown LSI Megaraid SAS3 9361-8i
  11. 1 point
    I believe they just rate minimum endurance figures, with some expectation that the models will support more than that in certain scenarios. They just won't warranty anything above that.
  12. 1 point
    I think they bumped it up recently... both are at the 1M value. Also if that HGST model is the best price for that capacity, I wouldn't go for anything else.... you really can't beat that performance or reliability for better price.
  13. 1 point
    You're already sad with the Drobo performance, trust me, it's not any better now, so I'd mark that off the list promptly. In terms of NAS vs DAS though, how many people or devices will need to access the storage? Do you see any benefit from the NAS features like remote file access, etc or do you really want the performance DAS offers by comparison? Both the LaCie and G-Tech products are very nice incidentally. There are also other options form the likes of Caldigit and others who have quality products as well.
  14. 1 point
    We've actually been working on a new web server test for some time but got busy with other benchmarks. We do aim to pick that back up again, would give web hosts a perfect benchmark to consider. Let me see how they reply and then we'll decide what to do.
  15. 1 point
    Its not officially supported that way, although it looks like some Supermicro resellers do list it as a separate component.
  16. 1 point
    I'd reach out to them. I'm not sure of the refurb process but it could just entail a quick drive check and wipe.
  17. 1 point
    When reviewing enterprise devices, I'd like to see a little more depth to the management and monitoring of these devices, particularly for low-end gear where the manufacturer may reduce the featureset. Two or three sentences ought to cover it. As an example, the recent Seagate 8 Bay Rackmount Nas review, shows a screenshot of the web interface's monitoring console. But I'm left wondering - how we get that information out? I assume it can create email alerts, but can it fire off an SNMP trap? Can it be polled by SNMP? Does the manufacturer have any private MIBs for their devices? How about SMI-S? Are there interfaces to any common monitoring products, such as Microsoft's SCOM? And so on.... I realize some of these things may be high-end features for a low-end device. However, I'm thinking from the perspective of a managed service provider, offering management and monitoring services to small busineses. The Seagate NAS may be the perfect device for my client, but I still need to monitor it with the same framework I use for other devices, servers, etc Maybe this is outside the focus of SR's reviews, but it's information I'd like to see a little more of. -Jim
  18. 1 point
    Hi don't know exactly what your budget and needs are, but this would be my dream SQL box. - Boot/OS/Binaries/pagefile/crash dump : 2 mechanic HDD in mirror (Can be slow you only boot OS once. Pagefile swapping might be slow but with proper amount of memory allocation there merely be any.) - Raid (0+)1 of SSDs for SQL logs - Raid 6 of 4 15K SAS for SQL databases Now if the database data are small enough: - Raid 1 of SSDs for data - raid 6 of 4 10K SAS for BLOBs/File stream storage (optional) Hope that gives you ideas m a r c
  19. 1 point
    We have a 470 that's almost done, waiting on final results with SSD and 10GbE card. We haven't done as much with QNAP as others mostly because the uptake here is so much lower. We'll see how it goes though with a few reviews and decide where to go from there.
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  21. 1 point
    The power chart is showing isolated access to either the SSD-only or the HDD-only to show how power consumption varies from the baseline Blue Slim that the Black2 is based around.
  22. 1 point
    I don't think you'll find much market for a used SSD, I wouldn't buy one, but maybe you can...I just don't know. As to what to buy, depends on your budget, I'd probably lean toward the Samsung EVO for best of both worlds.
  23. 1 point
    I can see clearly in the HDD forum a thread with RE4 in it yet when i search your search engine says this No results found for 're4'. eh?
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  25. 1 point
    Hi everyone. I'm running two machines on one 21" monitor which is PanaSync Pro. It has BNC and VGA connectors on the back and you can switch between them through OSD menu. So I needed VGA-BNC cable. I had a lot of old cables from broken monitors so I picked one with VGA connector on one end, of course, and cut the other end open. Then I went to a local electronic store and bought 5 BNC connectors which ran about 15 bucks total, if memory serves me right. I soldered them onto the open ends according to specifications of the cable and making sure about the signals. All works flawlessly and keeps me very happy about it. This is just for someone who enjoys hands-on weekend projects. If anyone wants the same cable I can make it custom, but not sure about price and shipping expense... I just couldn't find any of those cables in local computer stores, that's why...