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    Affordable & reliable RAID 1 controller

    Is software RAID out of the question here?
  2. Sort of available...most have been sent to channel partners. We're hoping to wiggle one free soon...
  3. We've been using these a while, Kevin has 5-6 of them. Latest sounds like the app has gotten worse since the IPO unfortunately.
  4. Overall the XN5004T offers quite a bit of flexibility and performance in a small NAS. There's only a single SSD slot but QSAN makes the most of it, enabling dedupe, compression and caching, which is a nice inclusion for a 4-bay NAS. Further, the PCIe expansion slot enabled more use-case specific options like 10GbE. QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T NAS Review
  5. You missed it - Best of the QLC pack.
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    Seagate Reports 1Q19 Earnings

    After a terrible report from WDC I didn't expect Seagate to do too well. They seem a bit more organized though at the moment and WDC just had another reduction in force from what we can tell.
  7. 4 GPUs in a NAS...fantastic.
  8. While not a lot of people are going to use the M.2 SSD bays, it's still pretty cool they're in there, along with 10GbE for what is effectively a 3-bay entry NAS.
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    Toshiba L200

    We've seen a lot of road maps, but none lately for end user HDDs. I really think WD/Seagate have conceded 2.5" SATA to SSDs. I'm figured out a path to live on a tiny SSD and NAS/cloud services. I prefer this actually in case of an SSD failure.
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    Excelero Announces NVMesh 2

    I really wonder how many of these SDS solutions can find a path to viability. Lenovo is partnered with like a dozen software partners and Dell is almost the same. Doesn't even count guys like this who have largely partnered with the white box guys. I guess Micron never figured out how to make Excelero work as a product. Probably a good thing, selling arrays isn't their jam.
  11. Wow, looking back the hybrid concept didn't really go all that well as a stopgap until flash prices fell.
  12. Yeah, sorry that's ours. Unfortunately the little bugger has been extraordinarily effective at getting newsletter subs while all other methods have lagged exponentially. I'll see if we can fongufre some reprieve for those who have seen it recently or for those who have subscribed. I don't get it for some reason, I presumed it was because I closed the box once. Will investigate further.
  13. 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.
  14. Well, good luck, let us know what happens.
  15. The link is broken, will fix. What ad are you talking about? We don’t run pop ups.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. We posted a review of 7.3 several weeks ago. We're not a day to day user but still have the SC5020 around.