Enterprise Storage Reviews
Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3617xs is a 12-bay NAS solution built for high-performance for demanding business applications, and helps businesses centralize their storage, simplify data management, and seamlessly deploy virtualization solutions. The RS3617xs comes equipped with four Gigabit ports, dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots that can host 10GbE NICs, and supports SSD cache for improved throughput.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC9000 Review

The Dell EMC SC9000 is Dell’s highest-performing all-flash and hybrid-storage-server solution of the SC Series, built on the legacy of the PowerEdge family and leveraging the latest Storage Center Operating System 7. During the last several months, the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab has put the SC9000 through our application benchmark protocol to understand how it performs with real-world workloads. Our review also explores the ways that the SC9000 and SCOS 7 fit into Dell EMC’s evolving midrange storage ecosystem, which includes the SC Series and Unity products.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Spectra Verde Review

Spectra Logic’s Verde with Archive SMR drives (formerly Verde DPE and now incorporated into the existing Verde product line) is a secondary file storage platform offering solution capacities ranging from 48TB up to an eye-popping 7.1PB of raw storage. Leveraging the existing Spectra Verde Family hardware combined with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disks, the Verde offers affordable (as low as $0.075/GB) high-capacity storage for enterprise, bulk storage, archive, unstructured data, large files, random reads, bulk deletes, and files that will need infrequent changes. The Verde head units are available in both 2U or 4U form-factors, with 4U expansion shelves offered to reach the PB+ capacity ranges that few other platforms offer at this price range.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 6004 Review

We've long been fans of the Dot Hill arrays, looking at a few over the years including the AssuredSAN 4824 and the AssuredSAN Ultra48 in both HDD and hybrid configurations. In fact, the Ultra48 never made its way home; it's been in our lab serving as a primary capacity array for some time now. Dot Hill was good about continuing to add features to their controllers, making them some of the best in midrange storage. After the Seagate purchase of Dot Hill mid last year (podcast on the topic), the updates have continued flowing; at the end of last year Seagate pushed out a release that dramatically improved the performance of the 6004 series controllers, amongst several other material updates. This got us to thinking about how much more performance could be squeezed out of the Ultra48 with a relatively simple controller swap. Given Seagate's interest in delivering a fully vertically integrated storage array, the timing seemed right to give it a try. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

SUSE Enterprise Storage Review

SUSE Enterprise Storage is a software-defined storage solution powered by Ceph designed to help enterprises manage the ever-growing data sets. Further, SUSE aims to help by taking advantage of favorable storage economics as hard drives continue to get larger and flash prices continue to fall. While typically configured as a hybrid, Ceph is ultimately as flexible as the customer's demand it to be. While much of the software-defined gusto these days is focused on primary storage and hyperconverged offerings, Ceph is helping to fuel significant hardware development as well. HP, Dell, Supermicro and others have all invested heavily in dense 3.5" chassis with multiple compute nodes in an effort to provide the underlying hardware platforms Ceph requires. In the case of this particular review, we leveraged HPE gear including ProLiant servers and Apollo chassis, but SUSE Enterprise Storage can be deployed on just about anything.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Mangstor NX6325 NVMf Array Review

The Mangstor NX6325 NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMf) shared storage array offers up to 21.6TB of flash storage in an HP DL380 2U server. Like the NX6320 we reviewed earlier this year, the NX6325 aggregates Mangstor's add-in card (AIC) NVMe drives and shares them out over the network. This enables latency sensitive applications to take advantage of all the great benefits of NVMe storage, without needing to have an AIC inside every server. When paired with the Mellanox SN2700 100GbE switch and ConnectX4 (Ethernet or InfiniBand), the NX6325 has impressive capabilities, offering up reported read performance of 12GB/s and writes of 9GB/s out of a single array. 

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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 Kevin OBrien

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

We've been working with the all-flash performance EMC VxRack Nodes for some time now, previously looking at the system configured in two-layer in our SQL Server, MySQL and VMmark application benchmarks. In this last segment of two-layer testing before turning to HCI, we put the storage to work in HCIbench to gather synthetic performance numbers. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Mangstor NX6320 NVMe over Fabrics Review

The Mangstor NX-Series of all-flash arrays (AFA) are a family of appliances that are designed to bring the performance and low-latency benefits of NVMe to a shared storage environment. Shared storage of course isn't new, but being able to leverage the benefits of NVMe in a shared environment is. Conceptually, NVMe over Fabrics takes the power of the best of breed SSDs, that have been confined to in-server use, and shares them over a high-speed network (Ethernet or Infiniband). Specifically, the Mangstor NX6320 uses NVMe over Fabrics with RDMA network access in order to deliver performance benefits to latency sensitive applications. This scalable storage has several use cases including critical applications, database and HPC. 

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by Brian Beeler

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

We've already taken a look at how well the VxRack Node All Flash PF100 does in two key areas relating to database applications. First we saw how well ScaleIO did scaling near-linearly to full capacity with MySQL, then we honed in on SQL Server performance, purely from a transactional latency perspective. Now we turn to a well understood benchmark that emphasizes system performance for virtualized workloads with a broad base of underlying applications. VMmark stresses the entire system as the workload, referred to as tiles, scales until the storage under test either loses its ability to keep improving performance, or the compute front-end runs of steam; the latter rarely happens first. 

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