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by Lyle Smith

VMware VSAN Posts 2 Million IOPS

Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product, was released last month and has been very well received by enterprises looking to get more out of traditional compute servers. VSAN essentially gives users access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, while layering into the virtualization environment that is all managed through VMware's vSphere client. According to VMware’s internal benchmarks, VSAN has the capability of reaching 2 million IOPS in a 32-node cluster. How did VMware accomplish this and what are the details of the configuration they used to reach this feat?

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Hyper ISE 710 Review

The X-IO Hyper ISE 710 hybrid storage array leverages an unprecedented level of hardware integration between its dual controller system and tiered SAS HDD and SSD media in order to guarantee industry-leading performance and longevity. The 7.2TB Hyper ISE 710 makes use of X-IO’s Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) engine and proprietary In-Situ Remanufacturing technology though a partnership with Seagate to optimize hard drive performance and durability at the individual platter scale in order to offer five years of operation without requiring any drive replacements.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Thecus N8810U-G NAS Review

The Thecus N8810U0-G is an 8-bay NAS that uses an Intel Pentium 2.9GHz dual core processor and 4GB RAM to provide up to 48TB of raw storage capacity. The N8810U0-G includes an array of features making it an interesting contender in the small office/home NAS market thanks to a mix of business and home user features. These range from the inclusion of 10GbE, VMware Ready certification and iSCSI thin-provisioning to iOS/Android apps and HDMI out. 

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Announced

VMware has announced vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers while seamlessly extending DR to the public cloud. This announcement makes way for a new approach to DR by VMware, as very few applications are continuously protected in the business world because it is either too expensive or too complicated to include them in a DR plan. 

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by Lyle Smith

Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 Announced

Riverbed Technology has announced Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0, the first branch converged infrastructure that centralizes data in the datacenter all the while delivering local performance and virtually instant recovery at the branch. With SteelFusion 3.0, branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure are combined into a single solution that reduces the average amount time to provision branch services by 30x (e.g. from five hours to ten minutes) and recovery from branch outages by 96x (e.g. from 24 hours to 15 minutes).

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by Lyle Smith

StorageReview NAS Test Lab

The StorageReview NAS Test Lab is a purpose built virtualized testing infrastructure to benchmark the growing number of 1GbE and 10Gbase-T shared storage products hitting the market. We've paired up with Tripp Lite for infrastructure products including the 42U SmartRack series rack, SmartPro 3kVA 2250W Line Interactive Sine Wave UPS, as well as their Single-Phase Monitored PDU for power distribution. These components give us plenty of capacity to continue to grow our NAS testing capabilities while keeping the environment around the products stable and free of power interruptions.

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by Lyle Smith

Fusion ioMemory Now Optimized For SQL Server 2014

Fusion-io has announced that their Fusion ioMemory platform has now been optimized for performance with SQL Server 2014, building upon the in-memory innovation in SQL Server 2014 by offering up to 4x improvements in transactions per second as well as a significant reduction in data latencies. The transactional performance from Fusion-io flash memory products drives real-time insights for faster business decisions. Incidentally, improved SQL performance is impressive considering ioMemory devices already own three of the top five spots in our SQL 2012 benchmark.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Samsung SSD 840 Pro Enterprise SSD Review

The Samsung SSD 840 Pro isn't a new SSD, it was released 18 months ago and targeted toward the client market. At the time, we did a complete review of the SSD 840 Pro and found it to be a very capable SSD for its targeted use cases. A funny thing has happened though over time. Web hosts and many others looking for a good SSD with moderate write endurance have been turning to the SSD 840 Pro. It's a lower cost alternative than duty-built drives designed for enterprise users and it still offers a good mix of performance and write endurance. This phenomenon isn't new, even hybrid and all flash arrays have been "guilty" of using client SSDs as their mainstay for many years. Despite the best intentions of the SSD vendors who would prefer enterprise users buy their enterprise drives, the cost equation sometimes wins out, hence the 840 Pro wiggling itself into more and more server deployments, despite its relative age and client focus. 

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Compellent Storage Center 6.5

Dell Compellent storage systems offer all-flash and hybrid storage for large-scale enterprises with multiple automated tiers that can incorporate a variety of storage media, speeds, and interfaces. Updates slated for the Compellent Storage Center 6.5 software are designed to improve performance, enhance Dell’s Data Progression tiering technology, and add new features including block-level compression and support for self-encrypting drives. Compellent also of course supports the new Fluid Cache for SAN release.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Fluid Cache for SAN

Dell Fluid Cache has been used to create pools of low-latency PCIe flash in order to provide intelligent caching within servers. Today, Dell announced Fluid Cache for SAN (expanding on the technology preview at Dell World last fall), which offers a solution that bridges Fluid Cache technology with scalability and other benefits from SAN storage infrastructure for both Dell and third-party hardware platforms. Fluid Cache for SAN is oriented towards online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and cloud applications which can also leverage its enterprise SAN capabilities including automated tiering, cache-aware snapshots, replication, and compression.

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