by Josh Linden

EMC VNXe1600 Review

The VNXe1600 is a 2U storage array supporting 10G iSCSI and 16Gb FC from EMC that integrates VNX2 controllers and hybrid storage into a package offered at street prices below $9,000. These prices are unprecedented for a complete VNX storage solution, marking another step deeper into the SMB market for EMC. This direction was first signaled with the launch of the VNXe3200, the basis for this new SMB-oriented VNX2 array.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RC18015xs+ Review

The Synology RC18015xs+ is a purpose built RackStation that focuses on a high-availability dual-controller design and next-generation snapshot technology with an impressive scalability up to 180 drives and a maximum raw storage of roughly 1.4PB when using expansion units. With security, reliability, and superior performance in mind, this is a storage solution meant for enterprises that require business continuity and point-in-time data recovery (a set of data or a particular setting from a time in the past). With that in mind, this is Synology's largest device to date and is certainly meant as major step toward in hanging with the big names in the enterprise server market.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell SonicWALL TZ500 Firewall Review

The Dell SonicWALL TZ is an affordable, yet high-performing, line of enterprise-level firewalls designed for small and medium-sized businesses, remote and branch offices, and retail point-of-sale locations. SonicWALL TZ series offer these use cases an abundance of protection features as well as advanced security services that leverage on-box and cloud-based anti-malware, antispyware, intrusion prevention system, and URL filtering. Dell’s new line of firewalls are also specced to handle encrypted attacks as it is equipped with the processing punch needed to inspect encrypted SSL connections against the most recent threats. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-1271U-RP 12-Bay NAS Review

The QNAP TVS-1271U-RP is a 4th generation NAS storage solution designed for data backup, file synchronization, and remote access. Ideal for SMB use cases, it also features cross-platform file sharing, a wide-range of backup solutions, iSCSI and virtualization scenarios, as well as all kinds of practical business functions. The QNAP also includes abundant multimedia applications and a wide selection of different component options, all backed by impressive hardware specifications. The TVS-1271U-RP is also a highly scalable solution as it can support up to 1,120TB of raw capacity using multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge 13G R230, R330, T330 and T130 Review

Launched today, the Dell PowerEdge 13G Wave 4 Servers are 1-socket rack and tower servers designed for distributed applications in SMB, hosting, and OEM. The Servers consist of 4 units: two tower units: the T130 and T330 and two rack units: the R230 and R330. Touted as an ideal first server or replacement server for driving applications in SMB and SOHO, the Wave 4 servers offers many improvements over their predecessors, including greater memory capacity, more hard drives and I/O slots, and improved data throughput and IOPs performance. Like all recent PowerEdge solutions, the Wave 4 servers support the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC8) with Lifecycle Controller making them viable feature-reach, remote management solutions for SOHO, ROBO, or large organizations.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server Review

The Dell PowerEdge R730 is packed full of functionality and flexibility making this solution an incredibly versatile. This mainly due to its use of powerful Intel processors, support for large memory footprint, fast storage options and GPU accelerator support, which makes it ideal for demanding and resource heavy environments. The R730 is also highly scalable when it comes to storage, as it supports up to sixteen 12Gb SAS drives that leverage the high-performance 12Gb PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC9); the R730 has the ability to seriously accelerate data access within a virtualized environment. We also previously looked at Dell’s other model, the R730xd (the ‘xd’ meaning ‘extreme disk’), which is built for users that have larger storage application needs, as it uses a modified version of the chassis with its 28 bays.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TVS-871 NAS Review

QNAP's 4th generation NAS family including the TVS-871, provides a comprehensive storage solution to growing businesses. With eight bays and 4GB of RAM, the TVS-871 sets up SMBs with a reliable server that can push solid performance (reported 2,335MB/s read and 2,150MB/s write) while offering modern features like 4K video transcoding, real-time remote replication (RTRR), SSD cache acceleration, and a wide range of third-party app compatibility. Users can also treat the TVS-871 as a PC through QvPC Technology, a QNAP-exclusive program that combines VM integration, cloud integration, transcoding, and the inherent NAS functionality. Thanks to QNAP's Virtualization Station, it is compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Android-based VMs, and can run Google Chrome for web browsing.

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by Lyle Smith

LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapter Review

Though the LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapters have been around for a few years now, they are still the de facto standard for SAS2 solutions, which was immediately adapted when PCIe 3.0 was released. Since the inception of 6Gb/s SASs enabled HBAs and controllers, LSI has been its biggest proponent, having made incredibly successful devices since the beginning of the 9200 line. With these HBAs, LSI was a huge factor in pushing 6Gb/s into the mainstream.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 2

In Part 1 of our X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review we laid out the overview of what the ISE 860 G3 is and we looked at application and synthetic benchmarks. In a brief recap, the platform performed extraordinarily well across everything we threw at it, including MySQL, SQL Server and synthetic workloads. For the second part of our review we will be expanding our VMware virtualization testing of the ISE 860 G3 with VMmark tests, failing a controller under load and stressing the QoS engine on the ISE 860 G3 under MySQL workloads.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x Review

The Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x are 12GB/s RAID controllers optimized for internal and external use, respectively. They feature the same transfer rate and PCLe 3.0 host interface as the previously reviewed LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-9i, but are geared more towards a workstation user rather than a server environment. This strengthens their appeal to creative contractors, like video or image editors, in need of very fast data transfer. Another key feature of this drive vs. others in its class is that it is compatible with Mac OS operating systems, which are commonly used by graphic designers and video editors.

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