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

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 Brian Beeler

Permabit Albireo SANblox Review

Permabit Albireo SANblox is a purpose-built data reduction appliance designed to unlock more capacity from Fibre Channel SANs. Permabit estimates users will see at least a 6:1 reduction in data footprint that resides on the SAN, allowing storage investments to massively alter the standard value proposition. SANblox offers deduplication and compression with thin provisioning, further enhancing the feature set. All of the data reduction is done inline, the SANblox appliance simply slips in ahead of and virtualizes the SAN, the SAN and the application are oblivious to the residence of the SANblox solution. SANblox works on any FC storage, regardless of disk configuration - hard drive, hybrid and all-flash solutions will all see the same reduction in data footprint.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC Surveillance Review (VNX-VSS100)

Cameras seem to be everywhere now and the number is only increasing. The omnipresent surveillance can be seen as either a blessing or a curse depending on one’s perspective, but it does provide information that can lead to finding answers to crimes, accidents, and mechanical failures. As camera technology is improving, with aspects such as better resolution, more and more data is being consumed. Surveillance data needs to be stored within a given time frame and with certain retention policies while at the same time video has to be accessed clearly and reliably when a request is sent. EMC sees these and coming concerns and is beefing up its own line of surveillance offerings, and products that serve the surveillance requirements or municipalities, events and large enterprises with complex needs and heavy compliance concerns. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

DataGravity Discovery Series Review

There are several options available for storage on the market today. Most of the differentiators out there involve differing speeds, more 9s in availability, or varying GUI support. All in all the arrays are very similar; they just offer different pricing and support or features that are aimed at a set group of customers. DataGravity has entered the picture offering something that truly is different. DataGravity’s focus isn’t on how fast data can be stored or retrieved, nor is it focused on how many drives you can fit in a 2U form factor; at least not yet anyway. DataGravity is about being able to understand your data and to help customers easily find it, report on it and ensure compliance with industry or internal policies.

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by Josh Linden

Cloudian HyperStore Review

Cloudian’s HyperStore is a software-defined storage platform built on native support for the Amazon S3 API, with integrations with several other cloud storage APIs. Cloudian offers HyperStore in the form of storage appliances and a HyperStore Operating Environment software solution for commodity hardware. HyperStore's tight cloud integrations underline the platform's tiering, backup, replication, cold storage, and other functionality. This also allows Cloudian to support a variety of deployment options that can take advantage of a combination of local, remote, and cloud storage.

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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 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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