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  1. Based on the performance of the benchmarks and the ad-hock testing that we performed on the system we feel that it would make a very good mid-range system for a demanding office user that uses typical office applications, does demanding web browsing, and plays streaming videos. The CPU and GPU in the system would work well as mid-range gaming or video and audio system. It should be noted that systems Type-C port gives this system the ability to work with eGFX enclosures. Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH) Review
  2. You don’t need to have a massive media library or even a home lab that makes your dread your power bill every month to appreciate a fast network connection. The technology has finally dipped into the affordable range for many of us. If you are interested in experimenting with virtualization, iSCSI block storage, editing or even moving your gaming collection off your main drive – a high bandwidth connection to your other machines or servers just makes sense. We used a lot of QNAP gear in this project, there are of course other options. The ease of use and cost of the components used here though made for a great and cost effetive experience. How To: Affordable 10Gb Ethernet
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    HyperX Releases FURY DDR4 RGB

    I'm either excited or sad for the day when server RAM has lights on it.
  4. Probably SSDs will come, but they're still expensive and for the large block sequential type workloads most of these do, HDDs still are pretty respectable. I see these Lacie drives all over the place, especially in tech-havens like SanFran. They still hold a lot of mindshare with creative pros.
  5. Seagate has released its largest HDD, 16TB, with the Seagate Exos X16. A 3.5” form factor, the Exos X16 is stated to supply up to a third more petabytes per rack compared to 12TB drives, making it ideal for hyperscale applications/cloud data centers, scale-out data centers, Big Data applications, and distributed files systems such as Hadoop and Ceph. Seagate leverages a helium sealed construction to not only help hit the higher capacity, but to lower power costs as well as lower weight being sealed versus screwed shut (a small amount adds up in a rack). The drive comes with a 5-year limited warranty. Seagate Exos X16 16TB HDD Review
  6. Looking into that power spec issue. From the looks of it, many more 2230 drives are coming to the market in the next year or so.
  7. Maybe I'm being dense, but not following. You want to plug it into the dock and backup only while docked?
  8. There are a lot of good sellers on eBay and plenty of used server parts websites.
  9. For performance the drive had sequential 2MB speeds of 322MB/s read and 299MB/s write and random speeds of 303.6MB/s read and 273.4MB/s write. With 4K throughput the drive had 3,784 IOPS read and 6,455 IOPS write. For usability, the app is fairly intuitive and easy to use. If you need your data secure it is nice to have the extra steps between the data and someone that wants it for nefarious reasons. SecureData SecureDrive BT External Drive Review
  10. Wow, HyperFlex...haven't seen that recommended in a very long time. Cisco won't even brief us on it any more. Not sure what's going on with that one. Do you have hands on usage with it?
  11. QNAP has launched its newest network-attached storage (NAS) appliance, the ES1686dc. QNAP was founded in 2004 in Taiwan and primarily provides network-attached storage (NAS) appliances. The ES1686dc features dual active controllers with Intel Xeon Processors. Each controller has four 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports, eight RDIMM slots for up to 512 GB memory, two M.2 SSD slots for configuring SSD caching, and scalable design for up to 1 PB storage capacity. QNAP ES1686dc NAS Released
  12. NetApp is surely jacked about this...recognition that you don't have to scale compute and storage together to still be HCI.
  13. All in all, this has been an excellent quarter for Dell. Their revenue for all converged segments grew by 34% year over year; significantly better than the industry overall, which grew by 19%. They're also dominating in the Hyperconverged sector with their revenue increasing by over $200 million and increasing their market share by about 3%. At the same time, both of the other top three companies actually saw their market share fall. Dell attributes much of its success in the HCI segment to the popularity of their VxRail HCI appliance. IDC Releases First Quarter '19 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker
  14. Scality RING8 is the latest generation of their RING object storage software platform. Foremost among the new features in RING8 is an eXtended Data Management (XDM) tool, integrating cloud data orchestration into the RING. The RING8 eXtended Data Management tool integrates data management across multiple RINGs (as in edge/core configurations), providing a global metadata namespace and search across RING and public clouds. Scality RING8 Launched
  15. The IDPA DP4400 gives users more than enough tools to manage their backup data, even if it is not as smooth as some of the other interfaces offered by Dell EMC. Through the course of our review the platform got a much needed update bringing SSO, which helped by not needing to remember the different usernames required for each application. The IDPA home screen gives a sense of all the various bits and pieces running underneath the hood of the DP4400, which gives it many of its strengths, but also some weaknesses in regards to its complexity. The best way to view the DP4400 is as its own hardened VMware ESXi host, operating a number of VMs with shared storage across an array of applications. It gives users the feature set of a much larger backup stack, but contained inside a single 2U server. The benefit is consolidation for organizations requiring the full feature set it can offer at remote locations, but for an average small to medium business the complexity could be overwhelming. Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400 Review
  16. Qumulo is releasing the first of their three new products, the C-168T, immediately. Qumulo C-168T is an SSD/disk hybrid intended for mixed workloads that need to balance cost-effectiveness with high-performance reads and writes. It has 168TB of raw disk storage and a 3.8TB SSD cache. It supports up to 25GbE for networking. All of this fits in just a 1U form factor. Qumulo Introduces Three Flash-Centric Platforms
  17. The EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor) is worth a brief look at all on its own. It is a brand-new specification, so modern that it was still being revised just two months ago. Its main reason for existing is that current form factors are both problematic for server teams to maintain and shaped in such a way that they often have to devote additional volume to avoid overheating. The EDSFF spec defines a high-capacity, hot-pluggable SSD that can fit vertically in 1U, works well in existing server and storage infrastructure and meets enterprise performance needs. By fitting vertically in 1U racks, the new drives will have significantly improved cooling characteristics and also make it easier to design racks to allow drives to be hot-swapped, reducing maintenance time and costs. Supermicro Introduces EDSFF Appliances
  18. Cloudian HyperStore Xtreme builds on its existing HyperStore software by combining the company's fully S3-compatible object storage software with Seagate's newest storage systems. The new units offer over 1.5 PB in a single 4U enclosure, almost twice that provided by the largest HyperStore 400 which has a raw storage of up to 840TB. Cloudian Announces HyperStore Xtreme
  19. Nice, thanks for the additional clarity. We're intending on doing more of these NUC reviews, they seem to be resonating well. I do wish the naming conventions were a little more straightforward though.
  20. The Intel NUC7CJYS is impressive in build quality and by how much power Intel packed into a computer that sells for such a low price. As it comes as a kit so the purchaser can equip it as they see fit. A system based on the NUC7CJYS could be put together for about $200, and by bargain shopping a usable system could be put together for around $150. The 7CJYS does have a fair amount of connectivity with its 4 external USB ports and 2 HDMI ports, but it is limited as it only supports a single drive, 8GB of RAM and it does not have any PCIe connectivity. We found the 32GB eMMC to be too small to be useful in all but the most limited situations. We replaced the 4GB of RAM with 8GB and added a 480GB SSD drive to the system in order to get a better idea of how performant the system could be when well-equipped. Although not extensively tested we did find that the built-in Wi-Fi worked well. The system has a three-year international limited warranty. Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYS Review
  21. The branding swap is kinda weird...no idea if they had to sit idle for some period of time after the Lexar deal. At least they came back with a good card
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    Compatible RAID cards Dell Precision 490

    RAID cards and HBAs are all generally supported.
  23. 15mm drives are okay, but only drives that operate off of 5V.
  24. This is useful input...we're still evolving the way these thin client and small system reviews get done.