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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series

The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is designed to adapt to a wide variety of different work styles and use cases, as it provides consumers with a multi-purpose functionality including the added option of a desktop experience. Users can attach the mobile keyboard, take advantage of the desktop docking station with dual monitors, or simply use it purely as a tablet with its active stylus pen for easy note taking. It also works with existing x86 applications, peripherals, and management tools, which allows it to effortlessly fit into all kinds of business environment.

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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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

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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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‚Äźenabled network interfaces.

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