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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Micron 9100 MAX PCIe NVMe SSD Review (HHHL)

The Micron 9100-series is a high-performance PCIe NVMe SSD that is configured as a read-centric or mixed-workload drive in capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB. The two series are split into the PRO and MAX models, where the MAX-class leverages additional over-provisioning to improve write performance and endurance. Micron partnered with Memblaze for the launch of the 9100-series, which leverages the Memblaze PBlaze4 product with Micron NAND. As with all NVMe devices, the 9100 is designed to bring better performance and lower latency. The Micron 9100 is targeted for use cases in Big Data, content deliver, database solutions, hyperscale, high performance computing (HPC), and private cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Ups Its Game Into the Enterprise Market

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the first product in what will be a new line for mission-critical tasks and intensive virtualization applications. The newest product is the Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc and marks the first step for QNAP into the larger enterprise storage market. QNAP claims that its new ES1640dc can deliver business-class cloud computing data storage and full support for virtualization environments. QNAP will also be using a new operating system (OS) on the ES1640dc, the FreeBSD-based QES.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: Synthetic Performance Review (2-layer)

We've been working with the all-flash performance EMC VxRack Nodes for some time now, previously looking at the system configured in two-layer in our SQL Server, MySQL and VMmark application benchmarks. In this last segment of two-layer testing before turning to HCI, we put the storage to work in HCIbench to gather synthetic performance numbers. 

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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 Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #16: Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Riverbed Technology

Few understand the needs of the remote/branch office like Riverbed does. Riverbed's SteelFusion was the first hyperconverged infrastructure built for the purpose of efficient management of ROBO IT. They've been in the business for a while as well, launching their first WAN optimization appliance in 2004. To get another view on what's going on at the edge though, Riverbed surveyed attendees of EMC World this year to get their perspective on the challenges of remote IT. Interestingly, the data indicated ROBO is very important to the larger IT organization, coming in behind just the core data center in order of importance. In this podcast Brian Beeler sits down with Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Senior Director for Riverbed Technology, to discuss the survey results, the larger picture of IT at the edge and how Riverbed is helping their customers achieve impressive feats like standing up a remote office in 15 minutes or less.

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by Brian Beeler

Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Riverbed Technology

Few understand the needs of the remote/branch office like Riverbed does. Riverbed's SteelFusion was the first hyperconverged infrastructure built for the purpose of efficient management of ROBO IT. They've been in the business for a while as well, launching their first WAN optimization appliance in 2004.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar SN100 Series 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

At the end of last year, we reviewed the HGST SN150 and found it to be a solid, good performing NVMe drive. The SN100 is the 2.5" equivalent and comes in capacities up to 3.2TB like the SN150. HGST's aim then is to make NVMe adoption easy, providing a wide range of form factors and capacities to suit most needs. The HGST Ultrastar SN100 series is specifically designed for data center professionals who need high application performance at a low total cost of ownership. While support for 2.5" NVMe drives doesn't match SAS in the enterprise, the benefits of front-of-server serviceability are front of mind for those wanting a familiar deployment model for their latency sensitive applications.

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