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  1. Well this platform is gone but we will see what we can do going forward to draw out some of that information. Always appreciate the constructive feedback.
  2. Well, good luck, let us know what happens.
  3. The link is broken, will fix. What ad are you talking about? We don’t run pop ups.
  4. We could remove VROC and run with software RAID and compare results, which of course we did not do for this review. There is a little overhead for VROC but it's not severe from what we can tell. Maybe some day we can dive into this further.
  5. Dear goodness that's a very specific ask. We've had several of that family through the lab but never modified them in that way.
  6. Unified forums thread for Kevin's "In The Lab" series where he documents how we test, issues small data centers face and other musings from inside the bowels of the StorageReview lab. In the Lab: Bulk SSD Secure Erasing In the Lab: On-Site Testing Toolkit In the Lab: Mellanox SX1024 Switch Configuration In the Lab: Smart Cooling In the Lab: Studio Photography of Large Equipment In the Lab: Netgear Ethernet Networking Infrastructure In the Lab: Giving Client SSDs an Edge in Enterprise In the Lab: Preparing a NAS for FIO Tests In the Lab: Dell UltraSharp 32" 4K Monitor In the Lab: AXIS Security Cameras In the Lab: Upgrading the Netstor TurboBox to Thunderbolt 2 In the Lab: Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Cluster In the Lab: Remote Desktop While On the Go In the Lab: Seek thermal camera In The Lab: Xitron XT2640 Precision Multi-Channel Power Analyzer In the Lab: VMware HCIbench Hands On In the Lab: Supermicro 1028U-TNR4T+ Lab Integration In the Lab: Supermicro SuperServer 1028U-TNR4T+ Network Loadgen Configuration In the Lab: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series In the Lab: Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) In the Lab: KDLINKS X1 Dashboard Camcorder In the Lab: Eaton BladeUPS Power System Upgrade In the Lab: Fresh Air Cooling In the Lab: Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC Upgrade (Dell EMC PowerEdge R730) In the Lab: SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall Upgrade In the Lab: Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch (S3148P) In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN In the Lab: Upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.7U1 for Dark Theme
  7. I'm with you entirely. But if they use this as a metric to determine warranty, it's clearly a real thing. We plan on digging into it more...when time allows.
  8. Buying any drive in quantity of 1 will either be fine or not. I'd really not worry too much, the reliability these days has become much better. I'd honestly go on price for bulk storage. NAS drives work find for that, even though the manufacturers would prefer you not use them in a PC. People here and elsewhere have been doing it since day 1.
  9. This is funny, Kevin and I were literally just discussing this. Seagate has a drive health function that shows wear. In a NAS, should be pretty even. But they warranty the Ironwolf drives on writes now. Regular is 180TB a year and Pro is 300TB I think. So, no don't worry about individual platters, etc. but heavy users may need to be cognizant about HDD wear in more general terms.
  10. Samsung doend't do a great job when it comes to maintaining their main outward facing website. Probably have to contact support or dig into their pages deeper than I have to find drivers, etc.
  11. We posted a review of 7.3 several weeks ago. We're not a day to day user but still have the SC5020 around.
  12. Yes indeed. We may be getting closer to working with SM too, we will see...
  13. The bigger question is who's going to use it. There's definitely room for more players to get serious about SSDs, but with Samsung, Intel, Toshiba, etc. dominating, it's hard to see a lot of room left for the smaller brands to play. It's just too expensive if you can't be buying in volume.
  14. AWS Storage Gateway has been available through both the AWS Management Console and as a VM for some time. Amazon is now offering this proven service as a physical hardware appliance as well for the US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and US West (Northern California) AWS regions. The hardware appliance can be set up in only a few minutes; a major convenience that might make Storage Gateway easier to use for teams that have a hard time finding the resources to set it up previously. Amazon Offers Rack Server Preloaded with AWS Storage Gateway
  15. It's a fair suggestion. Thankfully we've added some resources here so hopefully we can do better across the board.
  16. No, this one specifically they asked for that due to the gaming focus. It's really just a usability segment anyway. Are you wondering if games would feel slower on the others?
  17. Brian

    14TB performance reviews

    First set is done testing, second set should finish this weekend.
  18. Brian

    14TB performance reviews

    We have a few reviews in process...been a while since we did a hard drive review.
  19. Brian

    Toshiba L200

    We only have the 660p at the moment. Reworking the test plan too, industry pushback on the 5% test area. They want to see some 1% tests that are more gentle on the cache and perhaps more indicative of light consumer workloads.
  20. Brian

    Samsung 860 EVO SSD VS SAS HDD

    The problem is the vendors get grumpy with us when we start looking at that as they're not really supported and most consumer drives will do poorly in enterprise workloads. The cost delta between high end consumer and cheap SATA enterprise has also closed.
  21. Brian

    Toshiba L200

    QLC is going to close the gap further. There should be 3 QLC SSDs launched very soon. Might even have some in the lab
  22. Expecting a good set in for review soon as well FYI.
  23. Brian

    Toshiba L200

    I mean maybe...but how much of the world really cares about dense 2.5" HDDs any more? I know some do, especially in 2-bay workstations, but it's shrinking.
  24. Brian

    Toshiba L200

    We can ask, haven't heard from Toshiba HDD in ages...
  25. We had a drive failure and it took a while to get a replacement. We're testing right now.