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WD today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

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WD Red

A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with WD NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support.

By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

WD Red Pro

Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by WD NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.

WD Red family of hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD NAS solutions and are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

WD Green

The WD Green line of cool, quiet and eco-friendly hard drives will also be seeing capacity expansion in the near future with soon to be announced 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.

Availability and Pricing

Available now at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited worldwide warranties, respectively. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is £199.00, and £240.00 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX) is £124.00, £149.00 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and £199.00 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

With storage requirements becoming bigger and bigger all the time, WD have released a new 6 TB drive in their Red NAS range, and here is our review.

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WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support. By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance. The drives have a 3.5 Inch, 1.2TB / Disk; 5-Platter Design.

Who are WD?

From their website:

We are thousands of people worldwide working to enable you to store, collect, access, and use a vast and growing body of digital information. Our reliable hard drives and solid state drives, marketed under the WD and HGST brands, are everywhere that digital information and content is found: in the cloud, supporting your mobile digital lifestyle; in business and personal computers; in external storage devices; in the digital video recorder in your home; and in sophisticated medical, military, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. We also make media players that enable you to enjoy your digital content on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. Our customers range from some of the largest companies in the world to individual users like you.

Specifications

Specs

A Closer Look at the Drive

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Windows sees the drive as 5.45 TB.

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Performance Tests

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The average read speed was 177.8 MB/s and the average write speed was 172.6 MB/s (which is up on last years 4 TB Red Drive).

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Final Thoughts

The WD Red drive comes in a variety of sizes from 750 GB all the way up to the new 6 TB version we are reviewing here.

This is one of the first 6 TB drives on the market so if you need a lot of storage, and a good speed, and you plan on using the drive in your NAS then you really should look at this drive closely.

Also, this drive comes with a 3 year warranty. Now this may not seem like a major selling point to some people but believe me over the years I have had my fair share of failed drives and so it’s nice to know that anytime during that 3 year period WD will replace my drive if I have a problem – after all, you are spending a lot of money on it!

Every WD Red hard drive also comes with professional support services which includes a premium dedicated 24/7 support line. I didn’t need to use them during the course of this review, but having that option there if you need it is very good.

The performance of the drive is very good – especially as these drives are optimised and designed for use in a NAS, so if you want a reliable, good performing storage drive for your NAS then this will be right up your alley.

The WD website also has a NAS Compatibility Selector which enables you to check if these drives are compatible with your NAS – it’s certainly worth checking, although you will find all the usual suspects are supported.

The retail price for the 6 TB drive (WD60EFRX) is around £240 but as usual look around for a good deal.

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Learn more from the WD website.

It’s time for another two minute review, this time for the Synology DiskStation DS414.

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Synology DiskStation DS414 is a feature-rich 4-bay NAS specifically designed for growing businesses to effectively manage, protect and share data. Equipped with comprehensive office applications, DS414 raises working efficiency while securing data with full backup solutions.

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Over 207.07MB/s Reading, 135.63MB/s Writing
  • Dual LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • 1GB RAM Boosting Multitasking Power
  • Features SuperSpeed USB3.0
  • Hot-swappable & Tool-Less Hard Drive Tray Design
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

Specifications

Specs

A Closer Look

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Final Thoughts

The DS414 looks great with it’s black matt sides which do a great job of keeping it looking clean.

The DS414 doesn’t come with any hard drives preinstalled, so the first task is to slide out one of the drive bays and fit the drive. The whole process is very quick and easy and you should be up an running in no time at all and you don’t need any tools to do it either!

As usual with Synology, the thing that makes everything so easy, and provides all the functionality is the DiskStation Manager software – everything you could possibly need to do can be done from it, from setting up users and folders, to installing and configuring applications.

The rear of the DS414 has two USB 3.0 ports, unfortunately the USB port on the front, which can be used for bulk ingestion of data from a USB drive is only USB 2.0 meaning it can be a lot slower. Hopefully on later models this will be addressed.

There are also dual fans (only one of which is in use at any one time which is great for keeping the noise levels low) and dual Gigabit LAN ports. So you have a fair bit of redundancy packed into such a small box.

The cost of the DS414 is around £350, although as usual you should look around for the best deal.

If you are looking for a NAS box with some great features, then this could be the box for you! Remember, the major selling point for any Synology box is the Diskstation manager software, so keep that in mind when comparing the DS414 against other NAS boxes on the market today.

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You can learn more about the DS414 from the Synology website.

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Synology has released the DiskStation DS414 slim NAS, designed to minimize space by using 2.5” hard drives.  Read on for details!

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Synology has released the DiskStation DS414 slim NAS, designed to minimize space by using 2.5” hard drives.  This is a 4-bay Marvell-powered NAS unit running the latest version of DiskStation Manager.  Dual gigabit ethernet with failover is supported, and the size is 120mm x 105mm x 142mm, making this a small 4-bay unit.  Here is the press release:

Synology® Unveils DiskStation DS414slim Compact and Eco-friendly NAS Server

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 27th May 2014 – Synology® today introduced DiskStation DS414slim, a 4-bay NAS server designed specifically for home and small office users to leverage the compactness of 2.5” hard drives.

“With integration of Synology DiskStation Manager’s full range of features, the DS414slim provides users with the utmost fun and security while occupying the minimal space,” said Nicole Lin, a Product Manager at Synology Inc.

Powered by the built-in Floating-Point Unit (FPU) CPU and 512 MB of RAM, the DS414slim guarantees the optimum experience of intensive applications. In a Windows® environment, the DS414slim delivers average read and write speeds of 110.91 MB/s and 54.53 MB/s respectively. Additionally, the DS414slim is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports to boost the data exchange efficiency with external storage. To ensure high availability of data, the DS414slim features snap-in hot-swappable drives and dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover support.

Designed as a cool, quiet and energy-efficient NAS server, the DS414slim adopts 2.5” HDD/SSD and operates an easy-to-replace 60 mm fan with smart airflow design to keep the system running cool 24/7. The DS414slim consumes merely 15.48 watts under accessing mode. Moreover, the power consumption can be further minimised by the support of Wake on LAN/WAN and Scheduled Power on/off features.

The DS414slim runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please visit http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS414slimfor more information.

Availability

Synology DiskStation DS414slim is now shipping globally.

 

Check out these product pictures here:

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Here is the press release:

QNAP Releases QTS 4.1, the Smart NAS Operating System Enriched by Apps

Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1 – the revolutionary app-driven NAS operating system. Building on QTS 4.0′s proven usability & features, QTS 4.1 adds even more useful apps to heighten entertainment and productivity for home & business users alike. With its familiar layout and intuitive user-friendly design, QTS 4.1’s web-based multi-window operations greatly simplify the day-to-day operations of QNAP Turbo NAS systems.

As the functionality and performance of modern network-attached storage increases, so does the potential that they get too complicated for everyday home use. “QTS 4.1 operating system however provides a wide-range of apps that greatly simplify the operation & management of the Turbo NAS. With dedicated apps for enjoying multimedia, managing files and backing-up data joined by the all-new Notes Station and Signage Station apps, QTS 4.1 provides home users with everything they need in a useable and straightforward manner,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP.

This ease of operation is extended by an array of mobile apps for Android™ & iOS® devices that allow users to monitor and sync, stream and share from their Turbo NAS at anytime, anywhere. And with an active QTS 4.1 App Center and open development platform, users are provided with the potential of near-unlimited functionality for their Turbo NAS servers.

Business users also benefit from productivity-enhancing apps & features. QTS 4.1 supports SAMBA v4 to allow the Turbo NAS to act as a domain controller for Windows, Real-Time Remote Replication that allows 2-way data synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and supports FTP root-path, the enhanced NetBak Replicator backup application for Windows platform, the vSphere Plug-in v1.3 for remotely managing VMware datastores, McAfee® virus scanner, and Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation. Virtualization tasks are also enhanced with the new Virtualization Station, allowing for a Turbo NAS to be a virtualization server hosting multiple VMs and applications.

“QNAP takes great pride in creating high-quality networked storage solutions for home & business use,” added Lu. “The evolutionary QTS 4.1 enables users to fully utilize the power & potential of our Turbo NAS whether for home or business use. With a growing range of rich apps complimented by an active app development environment and our constant focus on evolving the QTS operating system, users will continue to experience the very best in networked storage solutions from QNAP.”

New Apps & Features of QTS 4.1:

  • Notes Station: a digital notebook on the private cloud of the Turbo NAS that records users’ ideas and notes with large storage capacity;
  • Signage Station: allows users to create animated content and display it on TVs, tablets and mobile phones via web browsers;
  • Photo Station: adds personal photo wall, photo albums made by drag-n-drop, photos collection by dates or tags, journal history on Google Maps, and login with Facebook account;
  • Video Station: adds video classification, video tags and smart collection;
  • File Station: adds smart filters for file searching, photo thumbnails, VLC for multimedia streaming, and shared links allowing mutual file sharing;
  • Qsync: adds versioning control;
  • Qget: an mobile app for downloading files on the go, video backup from video sharing sites, and BT search and download tasks management;
  • Qfile: adds zip/unzip support, music playback bar, and folder & file sharing;
  • Qmusic: adds music searching by title, album, or artist;
  • myQNAPcloud.com: a QNAP membership portal for registering for an “QID”, managing multiple NAS, and publishing & sharing Turbo NAS services;
  • SAMBA v4: supports domain controller for Windows, and SMB 3.0 protocol for Secured Data Transmission (SDT);
  • QNAP NetBak Replicator: creates VSS snapshot of VM or database on the Windows, and backs up the content of the snapshot to the Turbo NAS; Supports VHD/VHDX (Virtual Hard Disks) backup;
  • RTRR: supports 2-way synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and FTP root-path backup;
  • vSphere Plug-in v1.3: remotely creates a datastore on a dedicated volume more flexibly;
  • Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation
  • Virtualization Station: enables managing multiple virtual machines created on the Turbo NAS;
  • McAfee virus scanner: available in QNAP App Center with a 30-day free trial;
  • Surveillance Station 5: increased compatible IP cameras to 2,600+, an intelligent user interface for intuitive operations, easier camera setup, faster video lookup, smart recording, 2 or 4 free IP camera channel offerings, Vcam mobile app support, and more;
  • App Center: provides more than 100 install-on-demand apps to increase diverse applications on the Turbo NAS.

Availability& Compatibility

QTS 4.1 is available for the following Turbo NAS models:
SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-110, TS-112, TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-120, TS-121, TS-210, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-220, TS-221, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-410, TS-410U, TS-412, TS-412U, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II, TS-420, TS-420U, TS-421, TS-421U, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-639 Pro, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+, HS-210, TS-1079 Pro, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L, TS-869U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro, TS-879 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP

For more information on QTS 4.1 and other QNAP networked-storage solutions, please visit www.qnap.com.

I installed this release on my TS419P+ and am seeing some cosmetic improvements to the GUI…I intend to look into the Notes Station and other improvements, so stay tuned.

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Synology has announced a new diskless NAS device, aimed at surveillance recording by police forces and public transportation markets.  Read on for details!

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Synology has announced a new diskless NAS device, aimed at surveillance recording by police forces and public transportation markets.  The EDS14 is a diskless NAS unit intended for rugged environments.  Shock absorbent and able to fit into tight spaces, it looks to be ideal for recording surveillance footage for police and public transport markets.  Pricing is as follows:

  • UK RRP = £154 including vat
  • European RRP = €150 before vat

Here is the press release:

Synology® Debuts Embedded DataStation EDS14
Delivering durability and reliability in a compact form factor

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom—29th April 2014—Synology® today introduced Embedded DataStation EDS14, a palm-sized, state-of-the-art NAS server combining durability with reliability, implementing Synology’s advanced network storage solutions in a wide range of application scenarios.

“Designed to survive extreme conditions and harsh environments, the EDS14 is vibration-resistant and complies with the industrial thermal endurance level from -20˚C to 50˚C,” said Chad Chiang, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “Its drive-less design and the support for high-speed SDXC UHS-I SD storage and USB 3.0 further maximise system reliability with performance and capacity.”

Synology EDS14 measures at 125 x 125 x 31mm, nearly 70% smaller than an ordinary 2-bay NAS server, and is particularly suitable for areas where space is a challenge. Despite the compact physical size, the EDS14 makes no compromise in reliability by engineering the dynamic cooling mechanisms to ensure CPU health in challenging thermal environments.

Optimised for deployment in a variety of environments, the EDS14 can tolerate dynamic DC input voltage from 7 to 24V, is compatible with PoE splitters, and supports 3G/LTE. The EDS14 even comes with multiple mounting solutions, including DIN rail, and a schedulable DC output to power peripheral devices, making it a good fit for versatile deployment.

The EDS14 is capable of handling data downloads at 111.77 MB/s in a Windows® environment. By accommodating dual LAN ports with failover support, it maximises network service uptime while optimising bandwidth utilisation.

Synology EDS14 is pre-installed with DiskStation Manager (DSM), an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work and offer a new level of multimedia experience. Synology was honored with “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013” and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please go to http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/EDS14 for more information.

Availability

Synology Embedded DataStation EDS14 is now shipping globally.

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Synology has updated their 4-bay DiskStation NAS line, replacing the DS413j with the DS414j.  Read on to see what’s new!

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Synology has updated their 4-bay DiskStation NAS line, replacing the DS413j with the DS414j.  The DS414j adds USB 3.0 support and a dual-core CPU.  Pricing is as follows for UK and Europe:

  • UK RRP = £258 including vat
  • European RRP = €250 before vat

Here is the press release:

Synology® Presents DiskStation DS414j
Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS server with solid performance

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 29th April 2014 – Synology® today introduced DiskStation DS414j, a feature-rich 4-bay NAS server specifically designed for small offices and home users to effectively manage, protect and share data.

“Synology is dedicated to bringing both business and home users affordable yet robust storage solutions, and DS414j is no doubt the epitome of such dedication. Being the first j series to feature dual core CPU and SuperSpeed USB 3.0, DS414j really heralds a new era for the budget-friendly NAS,” said Nicole Lin, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, the DS414j delivers groundbreaking performance in its tier: an average 112 MB/s reading in a Windows® environment, and 80 MB/s writing. The built-in floating point unit (FPU) further enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail processing. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the DS414j consumes only 36.7 watts in full operation and 8.5 watts in HDD hibernation. Furthermore, the smart airflow and noise dampening designs make it extremely cool and quiet compared to PC counterparts.

The DS414j runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner” and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please go http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS414j for more information.

Availability

Synology DiskStation DS414j is now shipping globally.

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Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Read on for details.

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Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Here is the press release:

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Synology® Announces Compatibility with Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5″ 5TB Hard Drive

 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom –  April 2014

Synology® today announced the compatibility of its DiskStation & RackStation lineup with the new Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive (ST5000NM0024). Undergoing the stress and compatibility test from Synology, the above Seagate hard drive was proven to be compatible with select Synology DiskStations & RackStations from the x14, x13, x12, x11, and x10 series.

As the pressure to increase storage capacity is rising, many enterprises are in search of solutions to solve such challenge. By supporting the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, which is optimised for businesses with demanding data growth by featuring the highest-capacity form factor for an enterprise drive, Synology is providing growing businesses with a more flexible and affordable storage solution.

“By unceasingly expanding our compatibility list, we ensure our DiskStations and RackStations work seamlessly with the latest technology developments, giving our users the best storage options.” said Greg Langford, Product Manager for Synology UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. “With support of Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, Synology NAS servers not only help enterprises tackle storage challenges, but also serve as a foundation for future demand” added Langford.

“This announcement highlights the close relationship Seagate shares with Synology, working together on ensuring our customers receive the best support for our products,” commented Henk Van Den Berg, Director of Sales North and Central Europe at Seagate. “The compatibility of Synology’s DiskStations & RackStations with the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive will help businesses to store and manage effectively the volume of data they produce. It is critical that businesses select the right drive for the right application.  The Seagate Enterprise Capacity hard drive is perfectly suited for demanding multi-drive environments – delivering performance and reliability due to its rotational vibrations capabilities. The combined Seagate and Synology products address challenges that many of our SMB customers face, including total cost of ownership, product lifespan, as well as performance, allowing them to cope with the ever-growing demand for storage.”

Compatibility

To view the complete supported hard drive models, please visit http://www.synology.com/en-global/support/hd

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LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Read on for details.

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LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 48 TB 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Daisy chain 36 of these to deliver a storage array of 1,728TB at speeds of 3000MB/s and pack that into 36U of space.  The 8big features redundant power supplies and fans, and the ability to swap them out with no tools required.  Get up and running with massive storage and Thunderbolt 2 transfer speeds for all of your 4K post production requirements!

Check out this video that shows off the new product:

Here is the press release:

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LaCie Introduces its First Thunderbolt 2 Rackmount Storage Solution

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show the release of its first Thunderbolt™ 2 rackmount storage solution: the LaCie™ 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2. Compact and stylish, the LaCie 8big Rack features up to eight 6TB 7200RPM HDDs from Seagate, for an impressive 48TB in a mere 1U size. Delivering speeds of up to 1330MB/s*, it is the most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

Thunderbolt 2 Speeds

Thanks to Thunderbolt 2, the 8big Rack delivers ample bandwidth to support 10-bit, 4K footage. With this kind of performance, videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere®, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

Hardware and Data Reliability

The LaCie 8big Rack features data and component redundancy so that users will experience zero downtime in the unlikely case of hardware failure. Fans, disks and PSU** are fully redundant, hot swappable*** and user-serviceable. The LaCie 8big Rack also includes hardware RAID 5/6 for failure-proof data security that doesn’t compromise transfer speeds. Additionally, the hardware RAID controller means that users can connect the product to any workstation without losing the RAID configuration.

Stylish 1U Design

With professional rackmount storage, usability can be a huge differentiator among users. As a result, LaCie designed the 8big Rack to deliver extraordinary usability for professionals. It features a clean, slim, aluminum exterior that includes four or eight hard disks (up to 48TB) in a true 1U size. It provides easy access with gliding drawer functionality and a cable management arm. What’s more, the LaCie 8big Rack features no-fuss access to components and tool-free maintenance of fans, PSU, and disks. And with status indicator LEDs on the front and back, professionals can instantly identify hard drives that need to be replaced.

The LaCie 8big Rack has an innovative cooling system that prolongs component lifespan. It features three efficient, thermoregulated cooling fans to drive airflow. Air flows above and between the two rows of disks, from front to back, to conduct heat away from sensitive components.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 8big Rack features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. This means that professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt rack units together, and then connect them with a single cable to a computer. The new Mac Pro® features six Thunderbolt 2 ports, which means that power users could connect up to 36 LaCie 8big Racks to a single workstation, enabling up to a surprising 1.7PB (1728TB) of capacity and speeds of greater than 3000MB/s. Now professionals can create a truly plug and play 4K video editing storage system that delivers increased capacity, incredible speed and unmatched convenience to their workflow.

The LaCie 8big Rack delivers unimaginable scale in half the space, a dramatically simpler setup, and unprecedented performance.

Availability

The LaCie 8big Rack, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 4-disk (12TB) or 8-disk (24TB and 48TB) configurations through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The 8big Rack is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit http://www.lacie.com/warranties.

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Check out these product pictures:

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LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  Read on for details.

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LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  I have the prior 5big model, and these changes enhance an already nice product.  With faster RAID5 performance and with the ability to deploy a 30TB unit, this is a worthwhile upgrade.  Pricing is still TBD.

Check out this video overview of the Thunderbolt 2 products from LaCie:

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LaCie Enhances Award-Winning 5big with Thunderbolt 2 Technology and RAID 5

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show a leap forward for its award-winning 5big. Now featuring Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity, the new LaCie™ 5big is nearly two times faster – delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s*. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

Storage for the 4k era

As a result of Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big delivers incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. Connect three LaCie 5bigs in parallel to a new Mac Pro® for up to 90TB of capacity and speeds of up to 3000MB/s on a single workstation. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. With this kind of speed, videographers working in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere® get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in real time.

“Having enough speed and capacity to back up and edit more than 100 terabytes of REDÒ 4K footage was one of our biggest challenges when self-producing the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour documentary series,” said director Jason Koenig. “LaCie’s 5bigs have been critical in allowing us to handle and cut on the tour bus with no issues. I haven’t used a more reliable drive.”

“At the 2014 NAB Show, there is a clear focus on 4K video,” said Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. “We are pleased to see critical players like LaCie introduce robust storage solutions, such as the new 5big, which emphasize the power of concurrent 4K video transfer and data delivery via Thunderbolt 2 capability.”

Raid for speed with security

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.

RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while providing excellent speed and capacity. These features make the LaCie 5big an ideal solution for users that want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt** devices and computers. Professionals can now create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity, incredible speed and convenience to their workflow.

Advanced Cooling And Long-Term Reliability

The LaCie 5big’s cutting-edge cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing very little noise. Altogether, this professional cooling system makes the LaCie 5big incredibly reliable and perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments. Additionally, the 5big casing is made from a seamless aluminum cast, acting as armor to protect internal components.

Availability

The new LaCie 5big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 10, 20 or 30TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit http://www.lacie.com/warranties.

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Check out these product pictures:

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NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.  Read on for details!

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NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.

If you have purchased a diskless unit, install your drives. There are two drive bays with locking caddies; flip open the drive cover door, release the caddy lock by pushing down, and slide out the caddy. Mount your drives in the caddies, reinsert them into the bay and lock the release lever.

If you have a unit with drives already mounted, or if you have already installed your disks, go ahead and plug the unit it, connecting the LAN cable to your network. I plugged mine into a CISCO SG-200-26 gigabit switch, which is connected to my router, and then powered on the NAS. Once the blue power LED is solid blue, you are ready for the next step.

Installation Using Internet Explorer

Open your browser of choice (I used Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1), and point it at http://readycloud.netgear.com and you’ll see this:

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Click Discover to find our RN102.

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Click Setup to continue to set up the unit.

Installation Using RAIDar

This failed for me, so I had to resort to breaking out the RAIDar application on the included CD. Load the CD into your DVD/CD drive and open File Explorer.

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Click Autorun.EXE.

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Choose ReadyNAS RAIDar Utility.

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NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units.  Read on for details!

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NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units.  Here is the changelog:

ReadyNAS OS Version 6.1.6

ReadyNAS OS V6.1.6 Release Notes:

Enhancements & Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixes USB device detection with certain devices or multiple hot plugs.
  2. Updates a few components to address security vulnerabilities.
  3. Optimizes filesystem behavior to avoid occasional high I/O latency.
  4. Optimizes filesystem block allocator for efficiency in finding free spaces.
  5. Reduces disk readahead size for better random performance.
  6. Fixes Antivirus app errors after firmware upgrade.
  7. Fixes SMB home directory access from trusted domain users in ADS mode.
  8. Updates backup manager to improve CPU resource usage.
  9. Accepts keyword “AUTO” in NETBIOS domain name field to auto-discover the proper value when joining domain.
  10. Fixes rare case of disappearing single-character files/folders in Windows AD.
  11. Fixes potential RAID 6 superblock update issue.
  12. Fixes ReadyDLNA specification compliance issues.
  13. Fixes Web UI authentication with usernames containing “@”.
  14. Fixes broken filesystem scrub progress calculation.
  15. Fixes possible crash during defrag of very large files in ReadyNAS 102, 104 and 2120.
  16. Fixes potential system hang during extreme iSCSI loads.
  17. Fixes access problem from Windows 8.1 clients using Microsoft accounts.
  18. Fixes power supply unit (PSU) status errors on RN3220 and RN4220.

Deployment Notes / Limitations:

  1. After deleting a volume and creating a new one the old volume may still show up until after a reboot.
  2. WOL will not be supported on 3220/4220 at this time for 10GbE.  Use 1GbE port for WOL.
  3. Disk failure on the 3220 and 4220 will not show LED failure for the exact drive that has failed, use local web admin page for disk failure information.
  4. Deleting volume with ReadyNAS Vault enabled will show error. User must turn off vault first.
  5. Can’t set up bond on interfaces that are not already connected.
  6. If the USB key is missing from the system for Encryption, there is no error message presented.
  7. If USB key is missing for encryption, the user has to wait on a 10 minute timeout. After that, the encrypted volume is displayed as inactive.
  8. If a Flex-RAID volume has been expanded, the volume cannot be switched back to X-RAID mode.
  9. If you wish to remove a USB storage device, you should follow the safe removal procedure of first unmounting before removing the USB device. If these steps are not followed then you may develop errors on the file system on the USB device.
  10. UPS may report incorrect status after reboot, it may send out a warning during this time. After sometime, the UPS will start reporting the correct information.
  11. ReadyNAS 102, 104, and 2120 only support creating iSCSI LUNs 8TB and smaller.

Download Link:

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x86 (RN312 / RN314 / RN316 / RN516 / RN716x / RN3220 / RN4220)

I’m currently reviewing a RN102, so look for some articles on that in the next several weeks.  Here’s a hint: I rather like the device!  For now, if you have one of these units, go ahead and update that firmware!

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