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

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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