by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (HCI)

Scaled Sysbench is the final performance test of the all-flash EMC ScaleIO VxRack Node configured in HCI. In two-layer, we pressed the system to 99.2% capacity and saw phenomenal throughput with the four Dell servers acting as load gens. This time, with the compute and storage together in the 2U chassis, we run the same testing to see what happens. We'd expect to see more weight on the CPUs as the limiting factor, as the system has more work to, but thus far in the HCI testing, ScaleIO has proven to be extremely efficient and lightweight from an overhead perspective; something that is generally the reverse in other HCI solutions.

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by Brian Beeler

ClearSky Data Review

The enterprise storage market is often viewed as a bifurcation between some form of traditional data center architecture or cloud-based solutions. ClearSky Data plays in the space in between, offering data center style responsiveness and data controls, with the scalability and economic benefits of the cloud. ClearSky leverages what they call "Smart Tiered Caching" to keep hot data near the enterprise via a caching appliance, while offloading cold data to cloud providers. Combined with an intuitive web-based interface, this approach gives ClearSky customers a unique level of control over their data that neither on-premises nor cloud solutions can offer on their own. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba PX04P NVMe SSD Review (2.5")

The Toshiba PX04P is a series of NVMe SSDs (Non-Volatile Memory Express Solid State Drives) designed specifically for servers and storage appliances that need scalable performance at the lowest possible latency. The PX04P series is offered in both 2.5” and half-height half-length add-in card (HHHL) form factors. Both form factors are offered in capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB and come in several flavors to meet write-endurance needs.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: VMmark Performance Review (HCI)

When deployed in hyperconverged mode, the EMC VxRack Nodes running ScaleIO are often found running VMware. While not always the case, the nodes support just about everything, VMware is the easiest to understand from a performance perspective thanks to VMmark. When we reviewed ScaleIO running VMmark in two-layer, the all-flash VxRack Node handled 26 tiles. The system could have probably handled a few more as it had capacity to spare, but the four loadgen servers were at their max. This time we run the same benchmark in HCI, combining the storage and compute into one 2U box versus the 10U total in the two-layer test. In this test the efficiency of the management software will be obvious as the box will be at saturation points everywhere; storage capacity, CPU utilization and RAM footprint will all be under duress. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: SQL Server Performance Review (HCI)

After our first look at EMC's VxRack Node running in HCI mode measuring synthetic workload performance, we turn our attention to SQL Server OLTP performance. In this particular test our focus is on application-level latency, instead of completely stressing the system in terms of both CPU and storage I/O. To find out just how well ScaleIO holds up under pressure, we put its HCI configuration head to head against its phenominal two-layer results to see if EMC still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T is touted as the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch that is purpose-built for SMBs. Equipped with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features, the new XS728T provides 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost making it ideal for organizations such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities. Netgear also indicates that it can be leveraged at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation/access switch in larger organizations. This includes a workgroup access by connecting it to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (such as the M6100) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch Review

Netgear switches are well-known for their value, performance, and reliability and are the frontrunners in their industry. We’ve reviewed many Netgear switches over the past several years, such as the Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Switch Series and Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series, and some play a vital role in the StorageReview lab when testing and reviewing enterprise products. Today, we will be looking at a unique switch targeting the Wave 2 11ac deployments; the ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch. This switch has been built from the ground up in with a compact footprint for ease of deployment no matter the location. The M4200 switch can be used as a 10G aggregation switch for 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and NBASE-T endpoints at the WiFi edge of midsize organizations.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review: Synthetic Performance Review (HCI)

We've spent a good deal of time talking about EMC ScaleIO's capabilities in a two-layer, or storage online configuration. In this next series of the review, we break out results with ScaleIO set up as a hyper-converged system. It should be noted that ScaleIO can actually work in a third mode where it combines both of these options. Fundamental to the HC setup, though, is the fact that both the SDS (ScaleIO Data Server) and the SDC (ScaleIO Data Client) run in the same environment. In this configuration the applications and storage share the same compute resources. In our case, that means the VxRack Node's high-performance 2U 4-node PF100 chassis that resides in our lab. 

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Micron 9100 MAX PCIe NVMe SSD Review (HHHL)

The Micron 9100-series is a high-performance PCIe NVMe SSD that is configured as a read-centric or mixed-workload drive in capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB. The two series are split into the PRO and MAX models, where the MAX-class leverages additional over-provisioning to improve write performance and endurance. Micron partnered with Memblaze for the launch of the 9100-series, which leverages the Memblaze PBlaze4 product with Micron NAND. As with all NVMe devices, the 9100 is designed to bring better performance and lower latency. The Micron 9100 is targeted for use cases in Big Data, content deliver, database solutions, hyperscale, high performance computing (HPC), and private cloud.

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