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 Hyper ISE 710 Review

The X-IO Hyper ISE 710 hybrid storage array leverages an unprecedented level of hardware integration between its dual controller system and tiered SAS HDD and SSD media in order to guarantee industry-leading performance and longevity. The 7.2TB Hyper ISE 710 makes use of X-IO’s Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) engine and proprietary In-Situ Remanufacturing technology though a partnership with Seagate to optimize hard drive performance and durability at the individual platter scale in order to offer five years of operation without requiring any drive replacements.

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Dell EqualLogic PS6210XS Review

In December, Dell launched their new series of EqualLogic SANs, the PS6210 family. The updates are significant and highlighted by both performance and usability enhancements. On the performance side, Dell promises up to three times random read performance improvement compared to predecessor PS6110XS arrays. This is due in large part to the larger capacity SSDs and code enhancements to better handle the flash. Dell also introduced EqualLogic Array Software 7.0, EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 3.0, and new support for the Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 on EqualLogic FS7610/7600 NAS appliances.

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NetApp FAS2240-2 Review (FAS2200 Series)

The NetApp FAS2240-2 is a unified storage platform for both SAN and NAS that features 24 bays of high-performance storage for a maximum of 28.8TB of raw capacity, which can scale to 509TB using expansion disk shelves. Engineered primarily for midsized enterprises with distributed environments, the FAS2240-2 supports both SSDs and high-performance 10K HDDs. FAS2240-2 units feature either one or two controllers that allow for up to 6GB or 12GB of RAM, respectively. The FAS2240-2 incorporates up to 4 SAS ports and supports both Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell Compellent Hands-On

StorageReview recently spent a few days in Dell's facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire to take a close look at Dell's Compellent storage platform. Compellent is an all flash or hybrid system for large-scale enterprise storage with multiple tiers that can accommodate different drive types, speeds and interfaces which delivers automated tiering based on analysis of data access requirements. In this overview we'll break down Compellent's key tiering technology which is dubbed "Data Progression" and highlight other key features and configuration options that give Compellent its flexibility and performance.

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by Josh Linden

Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 Review

The Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 is a dual-controller, 16Gb/s Fibre Channel storage system that offers 16 internal drives with 6Gb/s SAS connectivity and is scalable to 240 drives via a JBOD expansion unit. EonStor DS is Infortrend’s lineup of entry-level family of SAN storage solutions for small and medium businesses, providing SAN counterparts to the company’s EonNAS product line which we examined in our October 2013 review of the EonNAS 3510.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fusion-io ION Data Accelerator Review

Fusion-io’s ION Data Accelerator software platform leverages ioMemory flash storage and open server hardware to accelerate applications and SAN performance through sharing or clustering high-speed PCIe flash. ION Data Accelerator is designed for use with Tier 1 server hardware from a number of major vendors, where it functions as an application accelerator appliance that supports block storage protocols including 8/16Gb Fibre Channel, QDR/FDR InfiniBand, and 10Gbit iSCSI.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EqualLogic PS6210XS Hands On Preview

The new EqualLogic arrays that were announced today have several optimizations like a 64 bit architecture, improved handling of 10GbE ports, more memory for the controllers and a firmware that better makes use of flash storage. Dell claims these enhancements will add up to 3X in performance gains for certain workloads. To put these claims to the test, Dell provided StorageReview with a pre-production version of the hybrid array, which follows up the EqualLogic PS6110XS we recently reviewed. While not a comprehensive review, expect that early 2014, early hands on time with the PS6210XS reveals quite a bit about what Dell has been up to in the EqualLogic engineering labs. 

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Dell EqualLogic PS6110XS Review

The Dell EqualLogic PS6110XS is a 24-bay SAN that derives its storage capacity and performance from 17 x 2.5" SFF 600GB 10K RPM SAS HDDs and 7 x 2.5" 400GB SSDs and features dual storage controllers, each with 4GB of memory. As with other offerings in the Dell EqualLogic family, the PS6110XS reflects a major commitment from Dell to both advanced functionality and ease of use. The PS6110XS's ease of use and management is highlighted by a few key features like automated load balancing, to allow data migration across free storage, as well as intelligent data pooling that tiers data between the SSDs and HDDs based on usage.

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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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