Enterprise Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 1

X-IO made their name in enterprise SAN storage by figuring out a way to ensure hard drives and in the case of hybrid configurations, SSDs, never needed to be serviced in the warrantied five-year window. To help achieve this goal, X-IO uses twin DataPacs that are inserted and locked into the fully redundant chassis, delivering a "set it and forget it" style of storage. In March of this year X-IO added to the family of hard drive and hybrid arrays, with a new series of all flash configurations and an updated third generation architecture (G3). The ISE 800 G3 series of all flash arrays includes three models ranging from 6.4TB to 51.2TB of raw capacity. Each brings with it the promise of dramatically reducing the frequency of service calls, along with performance of up to 400,000 IOPS, 5GB/s bandwidth and one of the more robust QoS engines. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance

After looking at the performance levels of the VMware VSAN cluster with a traditional Sysbench OLTP workload, we wanted to find out how well the platform responds with an increased workload for more demanding use cases. The initial deployment was four Sysbench VMs, 1 per node, but that workload didn't bring the disk I/O to a high enough range where we felt resources were being fully utilized. This is similar to a customer running a POC, testing it under a subset of their current workload, but not measuring how well the platform responds as workloads grow over time or as more application data is migrated over. To better understand how this VSAN cluster responds under ever-increasing MySQL workloads, we scaled the four Sysbench VM (1 per node) benchmark up to 8 and 12 total VMs.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM863 SSD Review

The Samsung PM863 SSD line is the company’s latest enterprise SATA drive designed to offer consistent performance for data centers and server data storage use cases. Released alongside the SM863, the PM836 works best for read-intensive applications including streaming services, content delivery networks, web servers, and cloud services, while the SM863 is designed more for write intensive applications. The new Samsung drive was first unveiled at this year’s CES back in February and was released late last month for enterprise businesses. The company has made the highly anticipated PM863 now available to SMBs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SM863 SSD Review

Samsung’s latest enterprise SATA SSDs are its two new lines, the PM863 and SM863. The SM863 is built all in-house at Samsung using all Samsung components. The SM863 is designed more for write intensive applications, where as the PM863 is designed more for read-intensive applications. The SM863 utilizes Samsung’s V-NAND technology giving the SSD higher density with a lower footprint. The drive comes in five capacities ranging from 120GB to 1.92TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

SuperMicro SuperChassis 846BE1C-R1K28B Review

The SuperMicro SuperChassis 846BE1C-R1K28B is a 24-bay JBOD. The drive trays are hot-swappable and made for 3.5” HDDs (though an adaptor can be used to put in 2.5” HDDs or SSDs). If one were to use 8TB drives, such as HGST’s He8 drives, it would bring total maximum capacity up to 192TB. The SuperChassis can also be used as a Headunit and supports both Single and Dual Intel and AMD processors, and supports a variety of motherboards.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor MX6300 NVMe SSD Review

The Mangstor MX6300 is a Full Height, Half Length SSD that uses NVMe interface. The MX6300 comes in three capacities: 2.0TB, 2.7TB, and 5.4TB. The drive leverages enterprise MLC NAND and can be placed in x86 server PCIe slots. Using NVMe and MLC NAND gives the MX6300 tremendous performance benefits. Mangstor claims the drive can hit 900K IOPS on random read performance and 3.7GB/s sequential read and with seven complete drive writes per day endurance. The Mangstor MX6300 leverages Toshiba NAND and a software-defined flash controller developed by Mangstor using Altera FPGAs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba PX04S Enterprise SSD Review

The Toshiba PX04S Series is a third generation enterprise SAS SSD. The PX04S Series are 2.5”, 15mm SSDs with the largest capacity currently available of any 12Gbps SSD, at 3.84TB. The Toshiba PX04S family is comprised of 4 different models that cater to specific needs. There is a High-Endurance, Mid-Endurance, Value-Endurance, and Read Intensive model. The new PX04S also comes in a self-encrypting drive model that has instant secure erase and supports pin-3 power disable. The PX04S is dual ported and comes with a performance option that enables users to increase write performance by as much as 47%.

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VMware Virtual SAN Review: SQL Server Performance

Continuing on the path of VMware VSAN performance testing, the next test looks at Microsoft SQL Server TPC-C running across the cluster. This test uses SQL Server 2014 running on Windows Server 2012 R2 guest VMs, being stressed by Dell's Benchmark Factory for Databases. While our traditional usage of this benchmark has been to test large 3,000-scale databases on local or shared storage, in this iteration we focus on spreading out four 1,500-scale databases evenly across our VSAN cluster to better illustrate the aggregate performance of the 4-node cluster. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Backup And Replication v8 Review

Veeam Backup and Replication is data protection software for virtualized applications and data, regardless of size or complexity. Veeam Backup and Replication unifies both processes into a single solution to “increases the value of backup and reinvents data protection for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.” The solution offers many benefits such as fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. Veeam actually calls their recovery instant with claims of recovering a failed VM in as little as 2 minutes and being able to recover guest OS files and folder on the fly. The solution protects data with built in replication and options such as Cloud Connect. And Veeam Backup and Replication has deduplication and compression in order to minimize storage needs.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M510DC SSD Review

The Micron M510DC SSDs are built for optimization during read-heavy workloads including content delivery and virtualization, fitting alongside (and not replacing) the existing M500DC line. This new line of light enterprise drives are based off of proven technology designed to hit low price points rather than delivering blistering performance. As such, the M510DC SSDs fit a very important demographic in organizations who have a multi-tier flash approach or can characterize their read-centric workloads and leverage this type of flash appropriately. Micron also ensures the M510DC has a complete set of enterprise features with its third-generation power loss architecture to protect data both at rest and in flight and its focus on reliability and longevity.

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