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  1. If it's me, I'd just buy on price at the capacity point you want to hit. In quantity of one, it won't matter. Personally, I prefer HGST, but again, everyone has their favorite/horror story. Just back up whatever you buy and all will be good.
  2. It's something we've considered but don't have a great answer. In our lab, we don't hear any of them, but we have 5 racks of gear I do understand though if you're putting a NAS anywhere other than a closet or basement, noise may be a concern.
  3. For what you're doing, the low cost alternative is probably the right call. I certainly wouldn't pay up for a 7200RPM drive.
  4. It's unfortunate that Intel won't send one for detailed review. Kind of hard to tell how real it is. We worked with a server vendor on Intel's launch partner list and they only had access to 175GB dev samples. So far this launch is pretty meh.
  5. Well there is no profitability and revenue growth is a big problem with the current stock price. But that aside, I hope they make it, despite my disdain for their marketing team.
  6. Supporting NVMe isn't really all that impressive. All the other major vendors will have NVMe announcements this year in all likelihood, but ultimately, NVMe is just a technology and *most* organizations aren't going to want to pay the premium anyway. Then again Pure is always a mystery to us given their refusal to let us see any of their systems. Their share price isn't exactly reinforcing a healthy business model either.
  7. Well, we didn't even want to review this because their devices have been awful for a long time. Drobo convinced us new management had solved problems. Clearly they have not. It's sad, Drobo was cool once, but they've really thrown away a good opportunity.
  8. The new WD *might* have the Black inside it, we don't have one yet to test. I haven't seen any accessories to do what you want. I'd guess though that Samsung will hook you up with a proper option this year. I don't have any special insight, but the trajectory makes sense.
  9. Of course, but they're enterprise grade and much more costly. That's where you see guys like HPE and NetApp using the 15TB Samsung drives in their arrays. I'm sure you could snag one for $30,000
  10. You can run SMART tools to ensure they're new, but I'd not worry.
  11. This post gave me a very good chuckle. Thanks. We used to keep that database but gave it up some time ago.
  12. Received word back.
  13. Yes, even comes with a poster to walk you through it
  14. What are your PCIe options?
  15. We see a lot of roadmaps and the funny thing is they never include pricing targets. I wouldn't expect a lot of downward pricing pressure on SSDs, we're actually seeing prices rise in some sectors. I'm afraid your dream of high capacity client drives is some time away, not for technical reasons, but just because they're going to be so expensive and without volume...the sweet spot for some time is going to continue to be 240GB and 480GB class drives. It may take QLC NAND to make that happen.
  16. Good question, I'll reach out and see what I can find out.
  17. Unless you have a specific issue this firmware resolves, I'd not even bother with it. If you must, back up the entire contents of the drive. There's a decent chance the process could go wrong and corrupt the entirety of the drive.
  18. I'm sure given the price point. At the launch event we toyed around with one of the modules in a Nuk. It worked well anecdotally. I'm not sure endurance will be an issue in this specific use case. When the SSDs come out later this year for client systems, that will be another matter.
  19. You could start with the power spec. I'm not sure I'd let it influence my decision though.
  20. From what we hear Samsung is directing almost all of these units to NetApp, HPE and the handfull of other array vendors that have qualled the drive.
  21. Endurance and capacity are the two things Intel continues to get beaten on with this particular product. They screwed up early on with the XPoint announcement of 1000X better endurance over NAND and now have to explain why that's not the case. I do wish they'd be more open about the technology too. At the launch they refused to discuss anything around the underlying tech. I'm sure it's fast, we just don't know other than what Intel is sharing.
  22. The P4800X is being shipped now in directed availability and is expected to be generally available in the second half of this year. MSRP for the current 375GB SSD is $1520, though pricing will depend a good deal based on volume. Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Enterprise SSD Launched
  23. 3ware

    I tried dusting off some old memories to help you, but I'm empty. Asked Kevin, also dry. It's getting harder and harder to support legacy gear like this, especially when the raid card vendor is no more...aren't they Broadcom now? Anyway, good luck, sorry we couldn't help more.
  24. Well, we know helium isn't escaping or else the return rates would be massive. Sealed drives are not new, they've been working with the technology for decades. That said, I'm not sure I would use HDDs as long term archival. You have tape, so I suppose I'm not all that worried about your use case, but in general I don't love single drive backup plans.