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This review is from: Synology DS1813+ Network Storage
Pros: - Read / Write* Cache supported with SSD drives (2 minimum)
- Multiple NICs for iSCSI multipathing
- Expandable chassis
This is on par in performance with a cheap SAN, for about $3-4,000 completely kitted out (except for expansion chassis).
* Write cache was just enabled in the last couple of updates.
Cons: - I wish they would have included the 4GB ram max instead of requiring an upgrade module. The module is only $25-30 anyway, so go ahead and include. This wasn't enough to deduct an egg, as only those using SSD cache really need the memory.
Other Thoughts: I'm running 6x4TB in SHR, and 2x128GB SSD configured in a Read/Write Cache. 3 NICs are configured in a LAG for iSCSI supporting 3 ESXi hosts configured in High Availibility and takes everything we can throw at it.
We saw 90+MB/s sustained write speeds while migrating hosts to the new iSCSI volume, but have yet to do formal testing (IOP's are more important than bandwidth).
Pros: This is primarily used for iSCSI to two VMWare ESXi 5.1 servers and it works excellent. I setup link aggregation on the dual NICS and handles multiple hosts (iSCSI and CIFS) great. UPS support is wonderful- I setup their UPS Network Server (just a checkbox) and my Synology DS212j connects to it flawlessly. OpenVPN works great for Network Backups (Synology's implementation of rsync) at a client site.
Cons: I wish it were cheaper...
Other Thoughts: Synology's OS for all their NAS products are full of features. They have products at just about every price point, each with just about all of the features. The only difference are hardware specs.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cisco SG300-20 (SRW2016-K9-NA) 20-port Gigabit Managed Switch
Pros: The small business line of Cisco Switches are amazing for the price. You get a fully featured managed, layer-3 switch for a couple hundred dollars. I have a 20 port and a 10 port, and both run without any hiccups. These are for both a production and lab environment, and being able to VLAN these out is very nice.
Cons: The way they number the ports is a bit of a pain. They are ordered 1-10 across the top row, and 11-20 on the bottom. Most other switches go vertically rather than horizontally. This is a cosmetic item, though.READ FULL REVIEW