by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Cisco UCS Mini Review

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is designed with the idea of unifying and simplifying the data center. Customers should be able to deploy servers quickly with less overall infrastructure all with unified management through UCS Manger. The Cisco UCS Mini takes the UCS blade server system, houses it into one 6U chassis, the Cisco UCS 5100, and optimizes it for remote and branch offices. The Mini offers servers, storage, and 10 Gigabit networking in a very dense form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7510 Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 15 7510, just like the tower form-factor Precision Tower 7810 we reviewed last year, is a performance-driven workstation that is equipped with some serious processing capabilities. It leverages 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7, and the industry’s first ever mobile Intel Xeon processor, giving users options for virtually any power requirements they need. If you couple this with its maximum of 64GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, this mobile workstation packs quite the performance punch.

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Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server with Intel Broadwell Review

Intel has released more of its “tick” Broadwell 14nm processors. As with all Intel processor releases these new Broadwell CPUs aim to bring better performance to the servers that use them. Dell has refreshed its PowerEdge R730 servers (review of the R730 before the refresh) and has run a series of benchmarks to highlight the difference customers can expect from the updated processors. Dell was nice enough to share their testing and results with us but we are always more inclined to run our own tests to see how well something works, which we have, leveraging the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family. 

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by Lyle Smith

TYAN GT62B-B5539 1U Server System Review

Released in January of this year, the TYAN GT62B-B5539 is the company’s latest addition to their 1-U server system portfolio. TYAN’s new storage solution supports a generous 4x NVMe devices and is touted by the company to deliver the best performance per watt on today’s storage market. The server system also features 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots, up to 2x 10GbE (Intel X557) and 2x GbE LOM, 1x FH/HL PCI-E x 8 slot, 2x mezzanine slots for various networking and 10 x 2.5” HDD.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: SQL Server Performance Review (2-layer)

After looking at scaled Sysbench performance under maximum capacity, we continue to produce database performance results on the all-flash VxRack nodes from EMC in a two-layer SAN configuration. Where we designed the Sysbench workload to show scalability of the platform, the SQL Server benchmarking is architected particularly with an eye on latency for OLTP workloads. In this case we test the system with four simultaneous transactional VMs, monitoring latency and TPC for consistency across the four.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review

The Seagate Enterprise NAS is the company’s purpose-built line of HDDs to address mid-range NAS, server and cloud storage use cases. For this review, we will be looking at the 8TB model, which is Seagate’s most recent addition to the Enterprise portfolio and 2TB more in storage capacity than the previously reviewed Seagate Enterprise 6TB model. Like its smaller brother, the 8TB model is built to provide optimum performance in an NAS environment; that is, sustained performance and 24×7 access.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS2415+ Review

Synology designed their 12-bay DiskStation DS2415+ to provide massive storage and strong performance to larger businesses. The DS2415+ provides all of the same features as Synology's other DiskStations (most notably, their award-winning DSM interface), while allowing for scalability through the DX1215 expansion unit (which would take the total raw capacity up to 144TB). In terms of specifications, the DS2415+ leverages a 2.4GHz CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB), with four USB 3.0 ports. The DS2415+ is the only 12-bay DiskStation in Synology's Plus Series, and it provides the largest storage capacity out of all of their DiskStations.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (2-layer)

In our first segment of the VxRack Node review, we covered over the deployment options, primary management interface overview and a look at the hardware behind our all flash performance nodes from VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. In this portion of the review we take a look at VxRack Nodes in a two-layer SAN configuration and how it performs under our MySQL Sysbench workload. We pressed ScaleIO and the underlying hardware to 99.2% capacity to evaluate performance as the workload intensity and capacity footprint increased. Our objective is to measure the Nodes' performance potential when it comes to being able to deliver high-speed transactional performance, including throughput and latency, over an ever-demanding workload scale in our virtualized environment.

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EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review

In June of 2013, EMC made a $200 million investment in ScaleIO, adding to their portfolio of storage offerings with a webscale software-defined scale-out solution. The ScaleIO stack has grown in flexibility and capabilities since then and now EMC offers ScaleIO in a variety of configurations to solve a wide variety of enterprise and service provider use cases. It's important to understand the wide variety concept as it pertains to ScaleIO. The software can be installed on any hardware or purchased as an engineered solution via VCE (VxRack System or VxRack Node). ScaleIO can run in two-layer mode where it's treated and performs just like a SAN, or it can run hyperconverged, combining compute and storage together. It can also run bare metal OS, integrated with all major hypervisors including VMware, Hyper-V and KVM, or OpenStack. Lastly, ScaleIO supports a wide variety of drive configurations including all-disk, all-flash and hybrid combinations in between, scaling near linearly as the number of nodes grows. The net result is that ScaleIO can deliver top-tier performance that can be consumed in just about every way possible with impressive economics.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor Review

Being able to see into one’s storage can be critical in some cases and at least helpful in most. This becomes even more beneficial when dealing with multi-vendor NAS and/or SAN arrays. SolarWinds’ Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) is a relatively in-expensive way for organizations to gain insight into their arrays. SolarWinds SRM gives administrators insight into all storage layers including virtualization and applications and supports several of the large vendors with a support list that continues to grow.

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