Enterprise Reviews
by Josh Linden

EchoStreams OSS1A 1U Server Review

The EchoStreams OSS1A is a 1U rack system engineered for use as a flexible appliance server platform most notable for its depth of only 21 inches. The OSS1A incorporates a dual-processor Intel C602A chipset and supports Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 CPUs with up to 384GB of RAM in order to provide the horsepower necessary to handle a variety of duties in space-constrained and field deployments.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D Review

The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D is a storage-dense 1U form factor server that houses up to 20 7mm SATA SSDs. This ultra-high performance flash server is pitched as sustaining 112Gbps of throughput and up to 1 million plus IOPS with 20 SSDs. The platform supports dual Intel Haswell CPUs, up to 512GB of DDR4 RAM, and offers two PCIe Gen3 slots for expansion. The EchoStreams FlacheSAN1L-D has use cases both in the traditional data center and several that couldn't be further away from those friendly confines. The combination of storage density, performance and cost make this unique platform one of the more flexible available. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Precision Tower 7810 Review

The Dell Precision Tower 7810 is a high-end desktop workstation that is highly customizable to its given need. The 7810 is all about giving users the power they need for intensive applications and graphics-rich workloads. The tower comes with either single or dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, up to 256GB of quad-channel 2133MHz DDR4 ECC RIMM RAM, a range of different AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro graphic cards, and the 7810 offers the option of traditional drives (with optional Intel CAS-W software solutions that enable I/O speeds close to SSD configurations) and SSD drives. New today is also support for Intel's P3700 PCIe SSD, which provides even more performance for hefty enterprise workloads within the workstation form factor.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Exablox OneBlox Appliance Review

Exablox’s OneBlox embodies a distinctive approach to streamlining storage for unstructured information. OneBlox offers a range of enterprise scale-out NAS functionality including a global filesystem that can span multiple 2U OneBlox nodes as a OneBlox ring with up to 336TB that incorporates global inline deduplication and continuous data protection. OneBlox also allows administrators to 'bring their own drives' by populating the appliance with a combination of SATA and SAS drives and capacities.  

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP iLO 4 Review

There have been several methods of Out-of-Band (OOB) Management for server assets over the years.  The two that are still quite popular are KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switches that are often IP-enabled, and some form of Lights Out Management such as HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights-Out Management.)  All Out-of-Band Management solutions can make maintaining and supporting servers elsewhere more convenient whether located across a building or on the other side of the world. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs Review

The RS3614RPxs is a network attached storage solution with an emphasis reliability and performance. Its main intent is to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and deploy virtualization solutions, all of which, Synology indicates, can be performed with as little time wasted on setup and maintenance as possible. Synology also offers two versions of this RackStation: the RS3614xs and the RS3614RP, the latter which is equipped with dual power supplies.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Review

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 6.0 is software that is designed to create image-level backups of virtual machines, virtual servers, databases and it can utilize application plug-ins to back up Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint Server. VDP is powered by EMC Avamar and includes built-in replication of backup data to ensure DR compliance. The latest version extends the scale and capabilities of the vSphere Data Protection. VDP can utilize EMC Data Domain Boost assuming it is licensed on the Data Domain appliance.

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by Tucker Mindrum

HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD Review

HGST has expanded their line of Deskstar NAS HDDs to include a 6TB model, which is optimized for small enterprise, SOHO, or consumer environments leveraging up to 8-bay NAS systems. HGST has promised both reliability and performance from these 7,200RPM 3.5" drives, maintaining 1 million hours of use between failures and delivering seek times of less than 12ms. The new 6TB offering is a boost in capacity of 50% compared to HGST's previous top of the line 4TB drives. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Hybrid Review

Dot Hill has long made storage controllers and systems that were capable of handling both traditional disk and SSD volumes. In November they released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. The 4004 is what's inside the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 that we reviewed previously, and turning our HDD configuration into a hybrid just means swapping out HDDs for SSDs. The SSDs can be used as a real time tiering configuration or in a cache mode as an extension of the storage controller cache.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VNX5200 Review

EMC's VNX5200 storage controller is the entry point for the company's VNX2 offerings and features block storage with optional file and unified storage functionality. The VNX5200 can manage up to 125x 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SAS and NL-SAS hard drives and SSDs and is built with EMC's MCx multicore architecture. Kevin O'Brien, Director of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab, recently traveled to EMC's data center in Hopkinton, MA for some hands-on time and benchmarks of the VNX5200.

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