by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Preparing a NAS for FIO Tests

One of the frequent routines we go through in the NAS Test Lab (1GbE) is preparing a variety of consumer SOHO and small enterprise NAS platforms for benchmarking. While this is sometimes brought up in individual reviews, the testing process behind the scenes allows us to put each system's best foot forward with an infrastructure in place that doesn't interfere with that goal. To that end in this glimpse into the test lab we show you how we go about configuring one of the systems that recently went through our benchmarking process.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Giving Client SSDs an Edge in Enterprise

There are many factors that differentiate client SSDs from enterprise SSDs. One of those attributes is the amount of over-provisioning (OP) an SSD has. Over-provisioning on a flash device is the amount of space reserved for controller background activity; less OP means greater capacity with slower write performance, while more OP means less capacity and better sustained write performance.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Announced

​CalDigit has announced the Thunderbolt Station 2, their successor to the original Thunderbolt Station, which now features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual eSATA 6G ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio in/out. The Thunderbolt Station 2 also has the unique ability to be in either a horizontal or vertical position, which is ideal for people who have to manage with limited desk space.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta Enables Hyper-Convergence for OpenStack

Maxta has announced solutions that enable hyper-convergence for OpenStack, allowing service providers and enterprise customers to build private and public clouds based on OpenStack orchestration software and their choice of x86 server platforms, eliminating the need for complex and expensive storage arrays. Maxta also announced the expansion of its relationship with Mirantis and that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 6TB MG04ACA SATA and MG04SCA Enterprise HDDs Announced

Toshiba has announced the addition of 6TB SATA and SAS models to its MG04 series of 3.5-inch form factor enterprise capacity class of HDDs, which are specifically designed for midline and nearline business critical workloads. The new SAS interface models offer 12Gbit/s SAS transfer rate as well as enhanced power management features for easy integration into the latest generation of datacenter infrastructure. 

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Offers IT Predictions for 2015

IT manufacturers and vendors are beginning to make their predictions for 2015, an annual tradition which creates an opportunity to glimpse inside the planning process for some of the storage sector’s big names, albeit with more than a little bit of marketing and self-promotion in the mix as well. As part of this end-of-year rite, NetApp recently offered a series of predictions from Jay Kidd, the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

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by Josh Linden

EMC Avamar Virtual Edition 7.1.1 for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Released

EMC today announced the release of a new version of its Avamar Virtual Edition which integrates the company's Avamar solution with Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. EMC’s Avamar offers variable-length deduplication, daily backups and recovery, and support for virtualized environments. Avamar Virtual Edition can be deployed in a Hyper-V virtual machine in order to serve as a bridge between legacy backup functionality and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions.

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by Josh Linden

Mobile Devices and Software-Centric Data Centers: EMC Shares Technology Bets for 2015

In addition to inspiring “best of” lists across every sector and industry, the New Year is also often a time when technologists are called upon to make predictions about the coming year. Even though January is still a few weeks away, Jeremy Burton, EMC’s President of Products and Marketing, has gotten a jump on the New Year with a few prognostications about the future of storage and computing that caught our eye.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Gains Market Share In the Third Quarter Of 2014

According to results of Dell’Oro’s quarterly report on Switching Market Share, Cisco has come out as number one in both combined fibre channel + fiber-channel-over-Ethernet (FC + FCoE) revenue and they took the number one spot in FC Modular share. These gains in Cisco’s market share are due primarily to customer acceptance of the MDS product portfolio, ramp up of FCoE-capable products, and the substantial demand for 16G FC.

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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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