Enterprise Reviews
by Brian Beeler

Selecting the Best Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPU for SQL Server 2012

Flash storage often gets the headline when it comes to discussing database performance. However CPUs and RAM are vital components in determining how many transactions SQL Server can handle, and more importantly, how quickly it can deliver them. For those running SQL 2012 on iron (non-virtualized) as many are, architecting the system can be a delicate balance between capacity, performance and cost considerations. In this review we evaluate four Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge v2 processors and their effect on SQL TPC-C workloads in a two processor system.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fusion ioMemory PX600 Review

The Fusion ioMemory PX600 is a third-generation PCIe application accelerator with an emphasis on endurance and price-to-performance. The PX600 and its value-oriented SX300 sibling comprise Fusion's new "Atomic Series" which is essentially one hardware platform with two different NAND overprovisioning schemes that result in different performance and endurance profiles for the two drives. Therefore we will be publishing reviews of the two drives in tandem.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fusion ioMemory SX300 Review

The Fusion ioMemory SX300 is a third generation PCIe application accelerator with an emphasis on endurance and price-to-performance. The SX300 and its higher-performance PX600 sibling comprise Fusion's new "Atomic Series" which is essentially one hardware platform with two different NAND overprovisioning schemes that result in different performance profiles for the two drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperServer 1027R-WC1NRT (NVMe) Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 1027R-WC1NRT is a high-performance, enterprise-class server with storage emphasis that supports SAS3 12Gb/s and NVMe interfaces. The chassis houses 10 hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays in a slim, 1U rackmount form factor that is ideal for dense computing environments. The 1027R-WC1NRT is made up of two main subsystems: the SC116AC2-R700WB 1U chassis and the X9DRW-CTF31 dual processor serverboard. In addition, the SuperServer is built around the X9DRWCF31/CTF31, a dual processor serverboard based on the Intel C602J chipset, which is designed to provide the performance needed for intense server workloads.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 Server Review

The HP DL360p Gen8 is a leading 1U server designed to support the needs of both large data centers that require the compute density that this versatile server offers as well as small and medium sized businesses that appreciate and want to leverage the value and reliability the Gen8 server platform. While the DL360p has been very recently replaced with the DL360 Gen9, those looking for excellent enterprise value without the need for the highest-end computer power will find good value in the HP Gen8 servers as well as its enhanced serviceability and configuration flexibility. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VNXe3200 Review

The EMC VNXe3200 unified hybrid array brings VNX engineering, functionality, and enterprise support services to SMBs and ROBOs with a starting price of $11,500. That combination makes the VNXe3200 array accessible for customers that may have been priced out of the VNX lineup in the past. Unlike most other VNX offerings, the VNXe3200 uses a compact 2U form factor that integrates controllers and storage making it more suitable than prior VNX offerings for hub and spoke deployments like retail point-of-sale storage and offsite replication. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LPe16202 Dual-Port CFA Review

The Emulex LPe16202 dual-port Converged Fabric Adapter (CFA) is based on the same hardware as the LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) cards we reviewed in December of last year, with the addition of supporting Ethernet as well as FC modes. The LPe160202 provides the flexibility to run Gen 5 (16Gb), Advanced-8 (8Gb) Fibre Channel, or 10GbE Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity with one adapter. The new Gen 5 Fibre adapters (as well as the LPe16004 quad-port Gen 5 (16GFC) FC HBA and LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5 (8GFC) HBA) can be used as either host initiators or storage targets in order to achieve superior latency. Additionally, with its claimed reliability and maximized I/O performance and bandwidth, it has the ability to fully realize the power of virtualization, private cloud, and emerging flash cache solutions in servers, arrays, and appliances.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI SAS 9300-8i and 9300-8e HBAs Review

The LSI SAS 9300 HBAs are specifically designed for high performance in high-end servers that connect to large scale storage enclosures as well as for internal drive connectivity in 1U/2U servers and workstations. At the heart of the SAS 9300 HBA line is the LSI SAS 3008 IO controller, which takes advantage of the latest advances in SAS and PCI Express technology while reaching over 1 million IOPs from a single IOC. Additionally, each HBA from the 9300 line supports 8 or 4 individual SAS ports, which operate at 12Gb/s and are backward compatible with previous PCIe and SAS generations using automatic negotiation.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Review

The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is an extension of their popular MicroServer platform that's been available since 2010. The MicroServer idea is pretty simple, bring enterprise-style server features to SMBs that either don't want or don't need a larger more traditional rack-based infrastructure. There's also a large market of first time server buyers that operate retail outlets, small medical practices and professional offices that need a server to coordinate their operations, but don't have an IT staff or need to scale up to a more complex infrastructure. The ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 brings these use cases a simple to deploy, cost effective solution that can scale with the business as needs change in a convenient "front-of-office" form factor. 

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ExaGrid EX21000E Disk Backup Appliance Review

The ExaGrid EX21000E Backup Appliance provides for a full backup of 21TB, includes 42TB of usable backup storage (48TB raw) and specializes in fast restoration. The EX21000E, as well as all of ExaGrid's backup appliances, divides its storage into two major portions: one is specified as the "Landing Zone" (which uses about half of the total usable storage) and the other is allocated for deduplicated backups (which uses the other half of the usable storage). The Landing Zone is what allows this appliance to accomplish such fast restorations, as 90% of restorations utilize the most recent backup. In addition, the Landing Zone stores a full uncompressed backup, whereas comparable appliances that automatically deduplicate backups have to decompress the files before restoration, slowing time to recovery as a result.

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