by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Netgear Ethernet Networking Infrastructure

One of the more integral components in any lab is its traditional Ethernet networking infrastructure connecting servers, storage, networking and related components. While high-speed interconnects such as 10/40GbE, Infiniband or Fibre Channel might be the primary production links for storage or other means, gigabit is still needed to make all that gear manageable. For every switch, server or storage array, the management or KVM ports are required for day to day upkeep. This article covers what makes the StorageReview Test Lab tick when it comes to Ethernet fabric.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Announces Acquisition of Skyera

HGST, a Western Digital company, ha announced they have completed an all-cash acquisition of Skyera, a developer solid-state storage systems specifically for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. This acquisition will have Skyera fully integrated into HGST to improve their existing solid-state storage capabilities and portfolio. The company also indicated that this will allow HGST to broaden its range of innovation, allowing them to develop new and growing opportunities in data center storage infrastructure. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Studio Photography of Large Equipment

Behind the scenes at StorageReview, we go to great lengths to offer detail-oriented photography you see published in reviews. To make this possible, we have an on-site studio where we can shoot devices as small as micro-SD cards and as large multi-shelf storage arrays. This setup includes three main components; a large light tent, a dSLR camera and a ton of continuous lighting... 1000 watts of CFLs or roughly 65,000 lumens. Those compnents along with some heavy lifting make our images possible.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD Review

The Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD is a duty-specific drive available in capacities up to 6TB designed to meet the storage needs of small and midrange NAS environments ranging from smaller tower form factors to 16-bay rack units. The wide scope addresses a common need in the enterprise NAS market by blending NAS-specific firmware and features with industry-topping capacity and the performance that a 7K spindle speed offers. Seagate has also done something interesting with the Enterprise NAS drives: they can be paired with optional data recovery service through Seagate, which when paired with the five-year warranty, can provide an additional layer of comfort for SMBs. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Smart Cooling

As the StorageReview Test Lab continues to grow in terms of testing capacity and testing load at any given time, the cooling requirements and associated costs balloon as well. With 2,000-6,000 watts of compute activity throughout the week, or about 7,000 to 20,000 BTU of heating capacity, the costs just to cool the space can get quite hefty. The approach we've taken to address HVAC in our lab and building not only helps save us money, but literally heats our building during the heating months. While our needs may not be representative, most small data centers that start as telco rooms then grow into a rack or more of compute and storage, can have similar problems. 

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by Josh Linden

Pure Storage Introduces FlashStack Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Pure Storage today announced FlashStack CI, a new line of all-flash converged infrastructure solutions that is launching with architectures to pair the company’s FlashArray 400 Series arrays with Cisco UCS Blade Servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and VMware vSphere 5 or VMware Horizon 6. The inaugural FlashStack CI architectures are intended for use in high-performance turnkey stacks for virtual server and virtual desktop deployments at scale.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces General Availability Of vRealize Cloud Management Solutions

VMware has announced the general availability of new cloud management offerings for its vRealize Suite 6. The new releases include: VMware vRealize Operations 6.0, VMware vRealize Business 6.0 Standard, VMware vRealize Business 8.2 Advanced and Enterprise, VMware vRealize Automation 6.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5, and a new solution for agile development and DevOps processes, VMware vRealize Code Stream 1.0. VMware also announced it will be listing developer content on the VMware Solution Exchange that is not part of the VMware Technology Alliance Program, partners and customers.

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by Lyle Smith

Avago 9300-16i and 9300-16e 12Gb/s SAS HBAs Released

Avago Technologies has announced its newest addition to their family of 12Gb/s SAS HBAs with the 9300-16i and 9300-16e. With 16 ports using internal or external storage connectivity, 12Gb/s SAS bandwidth, and nearly 2 million IOPS of performance, the Avago SAS 9300 HBA family (4-, 8- and 16-port options) allows OEMs and system builders to deliver maximum connectivity for high-end servers and storage systems and are designed exceed the most demanding requirements for data centers, web, and cloud. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Mellanox SX1024 Switch Configuration

In today's look into the StorageReview Lab, we are working on the initial configuration of a new Mellanox 10/40Gb Ethernet switch, the SX1024. Offering 48 10Gb SFP+ ports and 12 40/56Gb QSFP+ ports, it adds an immense number of ports to our top-of-rack connectivity for high-speed storage arrays and host connections. To get the switch up and running in our lab environment, we make a number of changes from the stock shipping configuration, which in most cases is a blank switch.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Adds Certification And Security Features To Its Hyper-Converged Platform

Nutanix Inc. announced added security capabilities for its Virtual Computing Platform. These capabilities include additional certification and new security features such as data-at-rest encryption. The company's Security Development Lifecycle (SecDL) is augmented by these capabilities, now having security embedded in every step of the software development process.

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