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

HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage Review (StoreEasy 5530)

HP has been going through a transformation recently when it comes to the branding of their storage products. 3PAR, LeftHand, NAS and JBOD storage solutions have become more neatly accounted for with clear steps defined to help buyers understand which solutions fit their needs. The StoreEasy family addresses the SMB and midmarket with storage offerings that range from 1U entry-level filers to more complex arrays that could include elements from the enterprise 3PAR and virtual storage offerings. The StoreEasy 5000 takes its place at the top of the StoreEasy family. The StoreEasy 5530 configuration that we're now reviewing can either operate on its own as the primary NAS storage for a small organization or branch/remote office, or the 5530 can form the beginning of a much larger storage environment. Either way, the StoreEasy runs Windows Storage Server 2012 and is designed to be an easy drop-in for Windows-based environments. The storage server itself offers dual blade servers in an active/active configuration to offer not just a highly-available (HA) solution, but one that can also load balance and offer non-disruptive in-place upgrades.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EqualLogic Family Hands-On

We recently spent a few days at the Dell EqualLogic headquarters in Nashua, NH to experience a deep dive on the EqualLogic family, management software and performance capabilities of the arrays. The EqualLogic full-immersion treatment was to prepare us for the latest generation EqualLogic PS6110 array to hit our lab for full review in the coming weeks. We split time between detailed briefings on features like Linux management and VMware integration and several hours of in-lab time working hands on with the entire PS (peer storage) family ranging from the entry-level PS4110 to the full-on PS6110 hybrid array that combines flash storage with 15K hard drives.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC Unified Storage VNX Series Hands On [VNX 5300]

Most storage solutions like the EMC VNX 5300 come to our enterprise test lab for review. On occasion though, we get an opportunity for hands-on time that requires us to bring our lab to on-site. That was the case last week as we spent hands on time with a pair of VNX 5300 unified storage systems. The VNX 5300 is one of EMC's mainstream unified storage offerings that are tuned for virtual applications with VMware and Hyper-V integration. The VNX 5300 can be provisioned with up to 125 disks; combining SAS, nearline SAS and flash storage. Like most of the VNX family, the 5300 supports FC, iSCSI and FCoE block protocols and NFS, CIFS, MPFS and pNFS file protocols.

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