Enterprise Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 845DC PRO Review

The Samsung 845DC PRO is an enterprise-grade SSD designed to deliver high performance, especially in random write, and consistent low latency over the life of the SSD. The 845DC PRO has adopted the world’s first 24-layer 3D V-NAND technology for its storage, giving it up to 10 times higher endurance than conventional NAND. The drive has a cache memory up to 1GB, uses a Samsung3-core MDX controller and in-house firmware, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and boasts impressive performance numbers: sequential write up to 460MB/s and sequential read up to 530MB/s.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro Review (4TB, NASware 3.0)

Alongside the launch of the larger 6TB capacity Red HDDs with NASware 3.0, WD also launched a new family of NAS drives dubbed Red Pro. The Red Pro HDDs spin at 7,200RPM, come in capacities of up to 4TB, and are designed for larger tower or rackmount NAS environments in the 8 to 16 bay range. Aside from support for larger environments, the Red Pro line of HDDs differentiates from Red in that the drives are faster, 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM853T SSD Review

The Samsung PM853T is the latest entrant into the enterprise SSD space for the company. Like its sister SSD the 845DC EVO (they differ mostly in distribution channel), the PM853T leverages Samsung's TLC NAND and SATA interface. The result is a drive that's a capable alternative for entry-enterprise workloads that tend to be more read centric. The biggest draw however is not so much performance, though the drive excels there, it's drive cost that is the highlight. The PM853T gives the enterprise a solution that is cost effective enough with a performance profile and cost of ownership number that helps spell the end for high-speed 2.5" hard drives. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SM843T SSD Review

The Samsung SM843T is an enterprise-grade SSD that is designed to offer a consistent level of performance (99.9% reliable latency and QoS) over its lifespan, and is ideal for core enterprise use cases including Big Data systems, VDI and other high-performance enterprise platforms. The SM843T is a companion to the Samsung SM843 drive, which was originally reviewed approximately a year ago. Though both Samsung SSDs use the same MDX S4LN021X01-8030 Controller, the new SM843T is architected specifically for mixed data center use cases, while the SM843 is designed to be used in environments that require read-intensive behavior like server boot drives, higher-end enterprise client workstations and certain embedded applications. The other main difference between the two is that the SM843T uses enterprise NAND (eMLC), which focuses on prolonging the reliability of the drive, while the SM843 uses client MLC NAND.

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by Adam Armstrong

Echostreams DuraStreams DSS320 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Echostreams DSS320 is a redundant storage server platform, part of the DuraStreams family. The DSS320 is designed specifically for SMB verticals, integrating the LSI Syncro CS solution for HA storage access. The DSS320 supports two hot-swap compute nodes with different motherboard options to support either uniprocessor (UP) or dual processor (DP) configurations. Unlike traditional approaches to high-availability, there is no need to cluster multiple separate servers together as both nodes are housed in the same chassis in a single CiB solution.

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by Josh Linden

Memblaze PBlaze3H and PBlaze3L Application Accelerator Review

Memblaze offers a dizzying array of configurations for PBlaze3 across 38 different capacities as part Memblaze's Pianokey technology. In addition to the MLC-based drives evaluated for this review, both drives are also available in SLC editions. Pianokey and other core components of the PBlaze3 platform are built with Memblaze's own proprietary technologies which is one reason to keep an eye on their emerging new product lines. One of the advantages that Memblaze argues for its products over comparable drives is that the card provides most of the computational and DRAM requirements for its operation, reducing PBlaze3's operational overhead to the host system.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quanta MESOS CB220 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Quanta CB220 with LSI Syncro CS is a 2U 2-node network storage appliance tailored for SMB applications. The CB220 is powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition (preloaded for rapid out-of-the-box-deployment) and LSI Syncro CS solution. The two redundant compute nodes are in an active/active cluster enabled by a gigabit Ethernet interconnection. Each node is equipped with two Intel Xeon Processors E5-2609, 64GB of memory, and two GbE ports plus an optional 10GbE port. In order to lower the footprint, both nodes are housed in the same chassis, share the same power supplies, and share the same fans. The device also has an external SAS port for JBOD expansion. The net result is the CB220 is a highly available, fully redundant and fault-tolerant Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) solution that is simple for businesses with growing data demands to deploy. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI Syncro CS HA DAS Storage Overview

LSI (an Avago Technologies company) Syncro CS has been shipping for over a year now as a self-supported kit and integrated cluster-in-a-box (CiB) solutions are rapidly becoming available. Syncro CS essentially brings high-availability (HA) features to directly attached storage (DAS). Historically DAS architecture has been limited to a single server accessing a single JBOD. With Syncro CS, LSI has enabled a more resilient solution as two server nodes can be connected to DAS storage via Syncro CS, enabling failover in the event a server node goes offline. For those who want to build their own, LSI sells Syncro CS in a kit form that's easy to deploy across existing or new hardware. OEMs are also bringing product to market that leverages Syncro CS via CiB solutions that makes putting a complete solution to work seamless.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-NT Review

The OneConnect OCe11102-NT is a high performance, dual-port 10GbE network adapter and a member of the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) family; this 10GbE card was most recently used in our NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 review. OCe11102-NT adapters are designed to support protocol offloads for TCP/IP and TCP Chimney Offload, allowing for maximum bandwidth all the while using minimum CPU resources. In addition, OneConnect protocol offloads to facilitate more virtual machines per server in virtualized server deployments, in which OneConnect claims that this will result in efficiency and optimized return on investment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS is a 52-port gigabit stackable Smart Switch designed specifically to work with the ever-growing adaptation of 10-gigabit servers. Its predecessor, the GS752TS, is no stranger in the StorageReview labs. We have used the first-gen NETGEAR Smart Switch in many of our NAS reviews due to its reliability and consistent performance. In this review, we will be focusing on its successor, the GS752TXS, NETGEAR’s 2nd Generation Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch that focuses on scalability, reliability, and performance for growing small- and medium-sized businesses looking for an affordable and easy-to-manage Smart Switch solution.

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