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 Lyle Smith

Eaton Adds New 1U & 2U ePDU G3 Options

The addition of new 1U and 2U form factor models mark the completion of Eaton’s ePDU G3 (third generation) portfolio, the company announced today. These new ePDU options are designed specifically for existing Metered Input and Managed technologies to help IT and data center professionals (from small/medium businesses to enterprise data centers) to save money and time while promoting a reduction in risk. Eaton claims that their new ePDU G3 rack-mounted PDUs provide best-in-class power distribution to IT equipment within a rack, adding that it will allow data center and IT managers to simplify installation, enhance operation and improve overall control over their work environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tegile & Cisco Integrate Bringing Flash Storage With Hybrid Cloud Management

At Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Tegile Systems announced integration with Cisco UCS Director. According to the two companies this integration will enable enterprises to orchestrate and automate an end-to-end IT converged infrastructure management process. Enterprises will be able to seamlessly manage storage, compute, and networking from a single user interface, which in turn could lead to increasing agility and operational efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Adds Support For Pure AFAs & XtremIO

Today SolarWinds announced support for even more solutions and arrays to its SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM). SolarWinds has added support for EMC XtremIO and Pure Storage all-flash arrays (AFAs). Today’s addition gives companies the ability to monitor and gain insights into flash technology along with their legacy hardware aiding in IT improve performance, capacity planning, and overall ROI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces New Security Services & Integrated Cloud-Based Solutions

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Cisco announced new services and cloud-based security solutions built with Cisco’s threat-centric security architecture. Cisco claims that these new additions will make its security portfolio an effective approach for companies securing their digital business models in a automated and simple manner. Cisco goes on to claim that its architectural approach (from the network to the endpoint to the cloud) is able to detect more threats and help customers correct issues in less than 17 hours – much faster than the industry standard of 100 days.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Prepares Industry For Digital-Ready Networks

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Cisco announced its plans to help all aspects of the industry (including engineers, developers, partners and customers) prepare for and embrace what it sees as a monumental change in how networks are built and managed, or, in Cisco’s words, preparing the industry for the transition to digital-ready networks. Cisco is also announcing new technology for ROBO to strengthen its security.

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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 Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T is touted as the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch that is purpose-built for SMBs. Equipped with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features, the new XS728T provides 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost making it ideal for organizations such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities. Netgear also indicates that it can be leveraged at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation/access switch in larger organizations. This includes a workgroup access by connecting it to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (such as the M6100) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch Review

Netgear switches are well-known for their value, performance, and reliability and are the frontrunners in their industry. We’ve reviewed many Netgear switches over the past several years, such as the Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Switch Series and Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series, and some play a vital role in the StorageReview lab when testing and reviewing enterprise products. Today, we will be looking at a unique switch targeting the Wave 2 11ac deployments; the ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch. This switch has been built from the ground up in with a compact footprint for ease of deployment no matter the location. The M4200 switch can be used as a 10G aggregation switch for 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and NBASE-T endpoints at the WiFi edge of midsize organizations.

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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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