Network Attached Storage(NAS)

Synology, Seagate, and Amcrest’s 2016 Surveillance Bundle Capsule Review

July 29, 2017

Recent technological advancements have led to a number of cost-effective video surveillance solutions. IP cameras (devices that can capture and stream video over an IP network while keeping latency low) that target home users have been around for the better part of a decade now. They started gaining more traction in the market after the […]

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Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Lineup with Intel Denverton Atom Platform

July 29, 2017

Netgear's CES 2017 announcements include a trio of updates to their ReadyNAS network-attached storage lineup. Back in September 2016, Netgear announced one of the first NAS lineups based on Intel's Broadwell DE (Xeon D / Pentium D) platform. While the ReadyNAS 520 series used the dual-core Intel Pentium D-1508 SoC, the ReadyNAS 620 series used […]

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QNAP at CES 2017 – Thunderbolt 3 and Xeon D NAS Units, Residential Gateways, and More

July 29, 2017

As part of my usual CES vendor visits, I caught up with QNAP and took a look at the new products and QTS features slated to enter the market over the next couple of quarters. The products that caught my eye included a new series of Thunderbolt-enabled NAS units, a couple of products targeting the […]

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Synology at CES 2017 – RT2600ac Wi-Fi Router, DSM Value Additions, and New Business NAS Units

July 29, 2017

As part of my usual CES vendor visits, I caught up with Synology and took a look at the new products and DSM features that had been announced around the show's timeframe. The most interesting product was their second generation Wi-Fi router – the RT2600ac. A few business-oriented NAS products were also on display. The […]

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Semi-Critical Intel Atom C2000 SoC Flaw Discovered, Hardware Fix Required

July 29, 2017

Last week, Paul Alcorn over at Tom’s Hardware picked up on an interesting statement made by Intel in their Q4 2016 earnings call.  The company, whose Data Center group’s profits had slipped a bit year-over-year, was “observing a product quality issue in the fourth quarter with slightly higher expected failure rates under certain use and […]

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Toshiba Announces MN-Series HDDs: Up to 8 TB

July 29, 2017

Toshiba has announced a new family of 3.5" hard drives for home and SOHO NAS devices. The new MN-series HDDs have up to 8 TB of capacity and support some of the features found in Toshiba’s enterprise-class hard drives. The performance of the new HDDs is similar to the performance of high-end hard drives from other makers, […]

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Thecus Announces $130 and $200 Entry-Level NASes For Home Users

July 29, 2017

This month at Computex, Thecus announced two new entry level-level NASes for consumers. The new N2350 and N4350 are budget-priced NAS products designed for the basic storage tasks. The systems feature a low-power Marvell Armada dual-core CPU and 1GB of DDR4 system memory. The N2350 features two drive bays with support for RAID 0, 1, […]

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ZFS – Building, Testing, and Benchmarking

December 29, 2016

  If you are in the IT field, you have no doubt heard a lot of great things about ZFS, the file system originally introduced by Sun in 2004.  The ZFS file system has features that make it an exciting part of a solid SAN solution.  For example, ZFS can use SSD drives to cache […]

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LG N2A2 NAS Review

December 29, 2016

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As connected homes become more ubiquitous, the need for centralised storage has become very important. On one hand, we have full blown NAS appliances like the ones from Synology and QNAP. They are aimed at the SMB market, but […]

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LaCie 5big Storage Server NAS Review

December 29, 2016

Back in March 2010, Intel announced an Atom based platform optimized for storage applications. Using either a D410 or the dual core D510, paired with an Intel 82801IR I/O controller, it was touted by Intel to have been picked up by various NAS vendors such as LaCie, LG, QNAP, Synology and Thecus. We have had […]

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