by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (HCI)

Scaled Sysbench is the final performance test of the all-flash EMC ScaleIO VxRack Node configured in HCI. In two-layer, we pressed the system to 99.2% capacity and saw phenomenal throughput with the four Dell servers acting as load gens. This time, with the compute and storage together in the 2U chassis, we run the same testing to see what happens. We'd expect to see more weight on the CPUs as the limiting factor, as the system has more work to, but thus far in the HCI testing, ScaleIO has proven to be extremely efficient and lightweight from an overhead perspective; something that is generally the reverse in other HCI solutions.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: VMmark Performance Review (HCI)

When deployed in hyperconverged mode, the EMC VxRack Nodes running ScaleIO are often found running VMware. While not always the case, the nodes support just about everything, VMware is the easiest to understand from a performance perspective thanks to VMmark. When we reviewed ScaleIO running VMmark in two-layer, the all-flash VxRack Node handled 26 tiles. The system could have probably handled a few more as it had capacity to spare, but the four loadgen servers were at their max. This time we run the same benchmark in HCI, combining the storage and compute into one 2U box versus the 10U total in the two-layer test. In this test the efficiency of the management software will be obvious as the box will be at saturation points everywhere; storage capacity, CPU utilization and RAM footprint will all be under duress. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: SQL Server Performance Review (HCI)

After our first look at EMC's VxRack Node running in HCI mode measuring synthetic workload performance, we turn our attention to SQL Server OLTP performance. In this particular test our focus is on application-level latency, instead of completely stressing the system in terms of both CPU and storage I/O. To find out just how well ScaleIO holds up under pressure, we put its HCI configuration head to head against its phenominal two-layer results to see if EMC still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault & Cisco Work Together On Reference Architecture

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Commvault made two announcements involving its alliance partner, Cisco. Commvault will be working with Cisco to give customers and partners an easy-to-buy, pre-optimized and validated solution for simplified data protection and recovery using Commvault's Software deployed on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) infrastructure. The company is also announcing support for Cisco's HyperFlex hyperconvergence system.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review: Synthetic Performance Review (HCI)

We've spent a good deal of time talking about EMC ScaleIO's capabilities in a two-layer, or storage online configuration. In this next series of the review, we break out results with ScaleIO set up as a hyper-converged system. It should be noted that ScaleIO can actually work in a third mode where it combines both of these options. Fundamental to the HC setup, though, is the fact that both the SDS (ScaleIO Data Server) and the SDC (ScaleIO Data Client) run in the same environment. In this configuration the applications and storage share the same compute resources. In our case, that means the VxRack Node's high-performance 2U 4-node PF100 chassis that resides in our lab. 

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by Adam Armstrong

StorMagic Launches SvSAN 6

Today StorMagic announced the launch of the latest version of its SvSAN software-defined storage solution, SvSAN 6. StorMagic announced that for the first time it is releasing two versions: a Standard and Advanced Edition. And the company is also announcing global availability since it has become a Preferred Solution Partner within the Cisco Solutions Partner Program and via the company’s OEM agreement with Cisco.

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by Adam Armstrong

HDS Announces New HCI Solutions For Virtualization & Cloud

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced two new converged and hyperconverged systems, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) converged system and the UCP HC V240. The UCP HC V240 is the first member of the new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) line of hyper-converged solutions. These new solutions are designed to be flexible, agile, and scalable and are built off of Hitachi’s technology that they state can reduce cost and risk while alleviating complexity and accelerating time to value.

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by Adam Armstrong

Atlantis Announces Cost-Effective VDI As Low As $125/Desktop

At Citrix Synergy in Las Vegas this year several companies are announcing new products and services. Earlier this week we covered Nutanix working with Citrix to release VDI aimed at the midmarket for as low as $415/desktop. Not to be outdone, Atlantis Computing is announcing VDI as low as $125 per desktop. To bring this to market Atlantis has entered into a strategic alliance with Citrix that will combine the Citrix Workspace Suite software stack running on Citrix XenServer with Atlantis HyperScale all-flash hyperconverged appliances and Atlantis USX software-defined storage solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Takes Aim At SMB With $25,000 Xpress

Today Nutanix announced that it was brining its enterprise cloud platform to small and medium businesses (SMBs) at an affordable price with its new Nutanix Xpress. Nutanix states that its new Xpress is simple enough for a single IT professional will be able to install and manage it. Nutanix goes on to state that IT’s time will be freed up allowing them to focus on initiatives that directly impact the top line.

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by Adam Armstrong

VCE VxRack 1000 Now Offers Turnkey Cloud-Native IaaS

Today at the second day of EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas, EMC Corporation announced that it has expanded its VCE VxRack System 1000 to provide a turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience through new ‘Neutrino’ nodes. These new nodes use built in automation to make complex deployments simple. The new VxRack system 1000 with Neutrino nodes is a foundation for multiple cloud-native services including OpenStack, VMware Photon Platform, and Apache Hadoop.

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