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

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 1

X-IO made their name in enterprise SAN storage by figuring out a way to ensure hard drives and in the case of hybrid configurations, SSDs, never needed to be serviced in the warrantied five-year window. To help achieve this goal, X-IO uses twin DataPacs that are inserted and locked into the fully redundant chassis, delivering a "set it and forget it" style of storage. In March of this year X-IO added to the family of hard drive and hybrid arrays, with a new series of all flash configurations and an updated third generation architecture (G3). The ISE 800 G3 series of all flash arrays includes three models ranging from 6.4TB to 51.2TB of raw capacity. Each brings with it the promise of dramatically reducing the frequency of service calls, along with performance of up to 400,000 IOPS, 5GB/s bandwidth and one of the more robust QoS engines. 

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Tegile HA2300 Hybrid Array Review

Tegile’s IntelliFlash arrays are built on a hybrid architecture that offers customers the flexibility to configure their array with a mix of HDD and SSD storage with latencies and storage density that is appropriate for individual use cases. A key item that Tegile leverages in the crowded storage market, that many of their competitors don't offer, is their inline deduplication and compression technology, which can greatly extend the available capacity to users. By extending their data reduction to disk, where most in the market cannot, Tegile gets the benefit of touting very impressive cost/TB metrics while also retaining the benefits of flash for hot data. Our review of the Tegile HA2300 array deploys IntelliFlash in conjunction with one expansion shelf (scale-up), putting both controllers to work through a wide range of workloads.

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Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4824 Review

As we previously mentioned, Dot Hill released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. Like other AssuredSAN models (such their Ultra line we previously reviewed here Ultra48 hybrid and here non-hybrid), the 4004 controller is also the controller in the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4824 array. And much like the other 4000 series, the 4824 leverages dual AssuredSAN 4004 controllers and can be deployed with swappable Fibre Channel and iSCSI transceivers, including deployments that incorporate both transceiver types. The 4824 is also available with 12Gb SAS connectivity, adding to the flexibility in storage deployment.

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Dell Storage SC4020 Review

With 24 drive bays, dual redundant controllers, and options for both block and file storage, the Dell Storage SC4020 packs the punch of a much more expensive storage array into a 2U chassis and starts at only $25,000 for an all-flash array configuration. Dell recently provided the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab with access to an SC4020 set up with its entry level all-flash configuration that incorporates six MLC SSDs on a foundation that draws from the Dell Compellent and EqualLogic product lines.

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Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Hybrid Review

Dot Hill has long made storage controllers and systems that were capable of handling both traditional disk and SSD volumes. In November they released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. The 4004 is what's inside the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 that we reviewed previously, and turning our HDD configuration into a hybrid just means swapping out HDDs for SSDs. The SSDs can be used as a real time tiering configuration or in a cache mode as an extension of the storage controller cache.

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EMC VNX5200 Review

EMC's VNX5200 storage controller is the entry point for the company's VNX2 offerings and features block storage with optional file and unified storage functionality. The VNX5200 can manage up to 125x 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SAS and NL-SAS hard drives and SSDs and is built with EMC's MCx multicore architecture. Kevin O'Brien, Director of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab, recently traveled to EMC's data center in Hopkinton, MA for some hands-on time and benchmarks of the VNX5200.

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Silicon Mechanics zStax StorCore 104 Review (NexentaStor 4)

The Silicon Mechanics zStax StorCore 104 is a unified file and block storage platform with multi-tier architecture that scales up to petabytes of storage and is designed for archiving over a long period of time, shared-file access, backend storage for virtualized environments, and high availability applications. Silicon Mechanics NexentaStor-based SDS solutions enable organizations to pick and choose precisely the amount and types of required storage and networking necessary to meet operational requirements. Designed to scale to meet just about any need, the zStax StorCore 104 can be configured with either 1 or 2 controller nodes and up to 1.5-3PB of storage capacity depending on its usecase. 

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Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX200F Review

The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX200F is a 2U all-flash storage array (AFA) that is designed to work in concert with fast servers and network connections to service the needs of the most demanding applications. The DX200F can run 5-24 SAS3 drives of either 800GB or 1.6TB for an overall raw capacity of up to 38.4TB. The array comes with a 16Gb Fibre Channel, an optional 10Gb iSCSI interface card, 16GB cache, integration of system management tools from VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, and complementary ETERNUS SF Express management software (a unified management suite across Fujitsu's line that provides enterprise-class functionality to even entry- and midrange-class products). All major components are redundant, including the power supply and storage controller, allowing for continuous operations and component swaps during an unplanned outage.

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EMC VNXe3200 Review

The EMC VNXe3200 unified hybrid array brings VNX engineering, functionality, and enterprise support services to SMBs and ROBOs with a starting price of $11,500. That combination makes the VNXe3200 array accessible for customers that may have been priced out of the VNX lineup in the past. Unlike most other VNX offerings, the VNXe3200 uses a compact 2U form factor that integrates controllers and storage making it more suitable than prior VNX offerings for hub and spoke deployments like retail point-of-sale storage and offsite replication. 

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by Josh Linden

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Review

Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN Ultra48 is the capstone of Dot Hill’s lineup of high density storage arrays, with a unique chassis layout that houses 48 2.5-inch hard drives, SSDs or a combination of such across three rows of trays in a 2U rack mount form factor. The Ultra48 leverages dual AssuredSAN 4004 controllers and can be deployed with swappable Fibre Channel and iSCSI transceivers, including deployments that incorporate both transceiver types. The Ultra48 is also available with 12Gb SAS connectivity, adding to the flexibility in storage deployment.

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