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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by Adam Armstrong

Data Dynamics Releases StorageX Version 7.5

Today Data Dynamics Inc. announced the release of the latest version of its intelligence-based storage management solution, StorageX 7.5. StorageX is a proven solution, with over ten years of use, which has been optimized for use in heterogeneous storage resources in hybrid and cloud datacenter environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Code42 Strengthens Security And Increases Productivity Features in EDGE Platform

Code42 has announced enhanced security and productivity features in its Code32 EDGE Platform. The EDGE Platform powers both CrashPlan, an enterprise endpoint backup, and SharePlan, an enterprise file sync/share. These new enhancements are aimed at increasing productivity without compromising endpoint data security.

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by Lyle Smith

Login PI VDI Performance Tool Released

Login VSI has announced Login PI, the Release Candidate for its newest solution. This is the second product from the company (the first being appropriately called named Login VSI) and introduces a new take on monitoring and alerting IT administrators to performance issues in their virtualized desktop environment, whether it be VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, or Microsoft RDS.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: On-Site Testing Toolkit

At StorageReview, almost all reviews on the site are tested with hardware in our own lab on-premises in Cincinnati. As we grow and expand to testing larger storage systems, the need for proper on-site testing equipment grows. Rather than use gear supplied by a vendor for in-lab visits, we prefer to keep as much control as possible in these environments to ensure data reliability. Of course taking our lab on the road isn't possible, so we've endeavored to create the next best thing, a mini-lab built around an EchoStreams Innovative Solutions very short depth 1U dual-proc server that is easy to transport between locations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation DS2015xs

Today Synology Inc. announced the launch of two new DiskStations, the DS2015xs and the DS3615xs (initially a non-US launch). Both of the new DiskStations are expandable with the 12-bay DX1215 expansion unit that has a 6Gb/s connection allowing connected drives to operate as internal drives. The DS2015xs is aimed at small to medium businesses while the DS3615xs is aimed large-scale businesses.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Bulk SSD Secure Erasing

When reviewing large batches of SSDs for a certain project, the time always comes where to get back to a clean state, a bunch of SSDs need to be secure erased. This process can't be overlooked, since depending on the workload, not putting a drive back into its factory fresh condition can cause problems switching between workloads. In this lab tip we've documented how to secure erase SSDs by streamlining the process. We've created bulk erasing scripts for Linux server environments, which handle up to 23 SSDs at a time in a Supermicro SuperStorage Server 2027R-AR24NV.

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by Lyle Smith

Marvell 88NV1140 and 88NV1120 DRAM-less NVMe SSD Controllers Announced

Marvell has announced the 88NV1140 and 88NV1120, the first DRAM-less NVMe SSD controllers for mass market mobile computing solutions with NANDEdge low-density parity check (LDPC) technology supporting TLC and 3D NAND. Marvell’s new performance-heavy controllers allow for small form factor SSD solutions, which can integrate into low-z-height tablets, Chrome devices, and the upcoming new 2-in-1 hybrid/detachable mobile PC platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Coho Data Launches Cloud-Inspired Storage

Coho Data has recently “emerged from stealth mode” and announced their core storage product, Coho DataStream. Coho DataStream is an on-premises solution but it has the advantages of the public cloud: pay-as-you-grow economics, rapid scaling, and high resiliency. The Coho DataStream uses a software-defined approach as opposed to traditional legacy hardware; Coho used commodity hardware and combines it with software that is tuned for PCIe flash technologies that can deliver twice the price/performance of all-flash arrays. This unique architecture gives Coho a level of scale and predictable high-performance that up until now was uncommon.

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