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  1. I don't think consumers care what controller is in their SSD. That used to be a big deal, but now they're buying the drive, not the controller. If the controller is better and the SSD is faster, that's great, or if the controller is cheap and the drive is cheap, that's fine. I just don't think many people outside of enthusiasts care any more. And that's assuming you're upgrading. If buying a new system, it's even less of a concern.
  2. The marketing is hard for the QLC drives, that's why you see Intel playing with the Optane hybrid drives, to figure out a way to get more our of the super cheap NAND. For the sub-$700 Best Buy special notebook, a 240GB QLC drive is probably fine. Most people won't notice when browsing Facebook for hours on end. But as soon as you start talking about installed apps, or even several tabs running web apps, the QLC can get overwhelmed. PCIe lanes aside, that kind of marketing has been happening forever. NASs with multiple Ethernet ports would just add up all the bandwidth and claim that as their top end capability.
  3. Not really, most SSD vendors have gone to their own dedicated applications for drive management, firmware updates, etc.
  4. Overall though the ME4 knows what it's trying to be. Our results looked at both HDD and all flash pools. Most use cases will sit in between as a hybrid ME4 configuration. A few SSDs go a long way in accelerating HDD volumes. Should there be an application that can benefit from all-flash, organizations can easily pin volumes to a flash tier. While the performance story is strong for the entry market, the rest of the package is there as well. The GUI is easy to understand and configure, expansion options can take our review model up to 3PB, with the ME4084 topping out at 4PB, and there's a deep set of enterprise features. This price band has a lot of options, but not a lot of very good options - the PowerVault ME4 is a clear leader in the entry storage market. Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series Review
  5. Interesting marketing move from Seagate to make a NAS-specific SSD. I wonder if their branding effort will spur WD to do the same.
  6. Announced at VeeamON 2019, Orchestrator v2 is now able to automatically test, document and reliably recover entire sites and individual workloads from backups in a completely orchestrated way. Veeam believes that this will significantly lower the total cost of ownership of disaster recovery. Moreover, Veeam has “democratized” disaster recovery, as all types of organizations can achieve comprehensive and compliant disaster recovery for all their applications and data regardless of what type of protection they’ve used. Veeam Launches Availability Orchestrator v2, "with Veeam" Program and Tops $1 Billion
  7. Overall, the 9SX3000 is another solid addition to Eaton’s vast portfolio of UPS solution. Its tower build (opposed to many UPS models which use a rackmount design) allows IT to place it in areas where other UPS devices cannot like at the edge or in remote offices. Because it can fit and stand on its own much easier, its use cases are more geared towards non-datacenter applications; that is, environments where racks are not used. This is certainly a point of sales for their stated target demographics of infrastructure, industrial, medical, IT, networking, storage, and telecom. When it comes down to it, however, it’s really the same UPS as the 9PX series. It’s just molded in a different shape while featuring the same fit and finish we'd normally expect with Eaton models. Eaton 9SX3000 UPS Review
  8. Overall, the Kingston DC500R SSD is an impressive drive in a class that is at times overlooked. As fun as high-performance NVMe and other technologies are, SATA drives still carry most of the water when it comes to server or storage controller boot duties, where reliability is critical. They also make for affordable in-server storage where capacity and price are key, along with all of the other TCO benefits SSDs offer over HDDs. For its part, the DC500R placed near the top of the charts in a many of our tests, when compared with other worthy drives. All in all, the DC500R is a good option for use cases that use the SATA interface and need a reliable, well-performing drive with good endurance and a range of capacities. Kingston DC500R Enterprise SSD Review
  9. Yeah well Kingston has been around for a while and comparing user experience for an enterprise product doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.
  10. Brian

    Workload Segmentation

    There are probably 100 variables or more for each of these workloads. Way too vague to be able to discuss. Can you provide more context?
  11. What's the system and purpose? Perhaps you'd be better off with a SATADOM or something of that nature. Most of the short drives I can think of give up on PCIe lanes, they don't really need to be x4. Lexar has one for instance. Many others with industrial applications as noted will be similar.
  12. Well sure, the Samsung will be better but what to upgrade to in the future is better left as a discussion when you get there. QLC drives are just not intended to be heavy use drives, despite the NVMe interface. NVMe does not equal fast...they often are fast, even your Intel drive is fast, just not under certain conditions.
  13. Optane is a different media though, Samsung's is their V-NAND. I think the entire industry is waiting to see where Intel gets Optane penetration before deciding where to invest heavily.
  14. There are probably some industrial options that are that small (Innodisk maybe?)...but why?
  15. Yes. You may see some gains, but really, if you're totally HDD, I'd not expect much. If you need more performance, toss in a few SSDs for tiering, you'll really enjoy it.
  16. Brian

    A Question About Disk Activity

    Yes, there's always background activity at the OS level or even with some apps that look closed but have remnants still running.
  17. And here it is, you've successfully found the weakness of QLC drives. They're really good at a few things, and they're cost effective, but sustained writes are really tough on them.
  18. Brian

    EMC Unity Dedup ratio

    It's going to depend entirely on your workload. I think what we've come to find is that 3:1 is pretty typical across a wide range of workloads and industries. In the new release for Unity, pasted below, they're claiming 5:1. 5:1 feels a little aggressive but Dell EMC is generally very conservative with these claims, so there's reason to believe.
  19. Brian

    What was the best in 1999?

    Dear lord...I don't think I can remember back that far.
  20. I've asked for clarity on this as obviously Intel provided both sets of info. Thanks for pointing this out.
  21. Brian

    Music NAS storage

    I didn't even know HP had that product, I had to go look it up. Have you considered going a different route rather than trying to keep the HP alive? I'm just worried a bit about long term support if you keep investing here.
  22. Just check the post history... /r/homelabsales
  23. Yes, we could do better to provide context there. It's dissimilar to other attempts in the past.
  24. When compared to other CPUs in the SKU list we can see that they have relatively more cores and have a lower base speed then other CPUs around this price point. This allows the CPUs to service more VM’s, albeit at a lower speed then other CPUs at this price point. One of the keys to having good performance on a server running virtual workloads is to have the VMs run on the same cores in a CPU whenever possible as this will result in better usage of the CPU’s L1 and L2 memory cache. So when running many VMs on a server having a CPU with more cores running at a slower speed will give better overall performance than having a CPU with fewer cores running at faster speeds. Full Story
  25. Brian

    2,5" 2TB HDD

    Right, there were certain product lines and tech that Toshiba ended up getting. They're largely closed the gap now though.