by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Axess Elite Review (SX-AX20E)

The SurgeX Axess Elite (SX-AX20E) is a single rack-space 120V 20 amp (also available in 15 amp) AC power conditioner that works as a web-enabled power conditioning and energy management system, offering businesses advanced energy management as well as much needed surge protection. SurgeX is widely known as the leader in power conditioning and surge protection technology for quite some time now, as their product line protects mission critical equipment from AC surges and electrical transients, all of which have potential to disrupt performance, reliability, and even do irreparable damage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: HCIbench Synthetic Performance

One of the most common ways to stress a storage platform is through synthetic workloads or four-corners type of testing. In this testing scenario, we look at the peak I/O a platform can generate, as well as the peak bandwidth. While these figures aren't supposed to be used in place of application tests, they are helpful in comparing one platform to another and provide valuable insight for customers working on a PoC. To that end we have migrated hyper-converged synthetic tests to HCIbench, which VMware released earlier this year. At its core HCIbench leverages the industry-accepted VDbench workload generator and distributes VMs across a target cluster and aggregates the results. We use our own I/O profiles for this tool, which are linked below for users to replicate our tests.

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Dell PowerEdge R930 Review

Dell launched the PowerEdge R930 in April, declaring it their most powerful server to date. The R930 is part of Dell's 13th generation server family, offering a plethora of potential from quad CPUs to eight 2.5" NVMe SSD bays in a 4U form factor. The R930 is designed specifically to meet the needs of business critical applications that can benefit form the combination of CPU, RAM and storage that the platform can bring to bear. Of course the R930 is not an entirely new effort exactly, it builds on the pedigree of the 12th Gen PowerEdge R920 by adding support for Haswell processors from Intel and newer/larger 3.2TB NVMe SSDs. The net result is a 22% performance boost generationally, putting the R930 in an ideal spot to be the go to system for applications that are highly latency sensitive. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EchoStreams FlacheSAN2 Review

The EchoStreams FlacheSAN2 is an ultra-dense 48-bay server that is extremely space-efficient, fitting into just 2U of rack space. As with other solutions from EchoStreams, the FlacheSAN2 is also extremely customizable with hardware configurations available to specifically integrate this product for the organizations' precise needs. That makes the FlacheSAN2 an excellent option for an enterprise that already has specific hardware in mind. In our particular configuration, we populated the 48 bays with Toshiba HK3R2 SATA SSDs and ensured robust performance with four PCIe 3.0 Adaptec 71605 RAID cards and four Mellanox ConnectX-3 56Gb/s dual-port InfiniBand adapters. With certain configurations built to support upwards of 25GB/s of bandwidth and over 3.8 million IOPS, the FlachSAN2 is designed to compete where few others can.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Violin WFA-64 Windows Flash Array Review

Violin’s Windows Flash Array (WFA) is an all-flash SMB and NFS storage solution that combines Violin Memory’s Flash Fabric Architecture with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 to offer a straightforward appliance-style application server storage solution with 10Gb Ethernet and 56Gb FDR InfiniBand connectivity. Violin and Microsoft collaborated on the development of the WFA, such as Windows Server kernal optimzations that allow the WFA to fully leverage the SMB 3.0 protocol with support for SMB Direct over RDMA‐enabled network interfaces.

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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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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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