by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

SUSE Enterprise Storage Review

SUSE Enterprise Storage is a software-defined storage solution powered by Ceph designed to help enterprises manage the ever-growing data sets. Further, SUSE aims to help by taking advantage of favorable storage economics as hard drives continue to get larger and flash prices continue to fall. While typically configured as a hybrid, Ceph is ultimately as flexible as the customer's demand it to be. While much of the software-defined gusto these days is focused on primary storage and hyperconverged offerings, Ceph is helping to fuel significant hardware development as well. HP, Dell, Supermicro and others have all invested heavily in dense 3.5" chassis with multiple compute nodes in an effort to provide the underlying hardware platforms Ceph requires. In the case of this particular review, we leveraged HPE gear including ProLiant servers and Apollo chassis, but SUSE Enterprise Storage can be deployed on just about anything.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z640 Workstation Review

Serving as an upgrade to the Z620, the HP Z640 is designed to give professionals who work with resource-heavy applications an extra boost in their productivity. The Z640 is also targeted to businesses that simply want to equip their employees with a high-performance workstation at a mid-range price. As you can see from its comprehensive set of options listed in the specifications below, the HP Z640 is a highly-customizable workstation that can be used for a wide range of use cases, allowing businesses to create a very specific build to accurately suit their needs. The HP workstation also offers a complete tool-less design that gives administrators easy access for quick component upgrades and maintenance.

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Mangstor NX6325 NVMf Array Review

The Mangstor NX6325 NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMf) shared storage array offers up to 21.6TB of flash storage in an HP DL380 2U server. Like the NX6320 we reviewed earlier this year, the NX6325 aggregates Mangstor's add-in card (AIC) NVMe drives and shares them out over the network. This enables latency sensitive applications to take advantage of all the great benefits of NVMe storage, without needing to have an AIC inside every server. When paired with the Mellanox SN2700 100GbE switch and ConnectX4 (Ethernet or InfiniBand), the NX6325 has impressive capabilities, offering up reported read performance of 12GB/s and writes of 9GB/s out of a single array. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815RP+ NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815RP+ (the RP referring to its use of redundant power supplies) is a high-performing NAS built specifically to handle intensive, resource-heavy tasks and encryption. As is the case with most Synology RackStations, the RS815RP+ is built to easily scale for growing businesses by leveraging the company's RX415 expansion units via eSATA. This allows for the use of 8 total drives for a maximum raw capacity of 80TB, making it ideal for small businesses looking for a rack-based storage solution that can grow with the organization. The RS815+ also features an AES-NI hardware encryption, an engine which distributes the encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU to help improve overall performance. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Eaton Intelligent Power Manager Review

The Eaton Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software enables users to monitor and manage all of their power devices in either a physical or virtualized environment. Eaton states that the goal behind IPM is to maintain business continuity by giving users better remote monitoring and management, and in turn, control of the power devices within their network. Recently Eaton updated IPM with new integration with VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0. These new and enhanced features enable additional support for administrators managing their VMware environment and their power devices through a single dashboard.

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VMware VSAN 6.2 All-Flash Review

Last year we published a detailed series of reviews on VSAN 6.0 in a hybrid configuration. In February of this year, VMware launched VSAN 6.2, which brought data reduction via deduplication and compression, as well as a number of other features to the market. Data reduction is a major step forward for VSAN as it piggybacks on the massive surge in flash adoption, thanks in large part to falling prices and high-quality options. When VSAN is enabled in an all-flash configuration, users taking advantage of data reduction can effectively triple (or more) their capacity depending on workloads, which really brings the value of flash to everyone from ROBO to the enterprise. 

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Huawei ES3600 v3 NVMe SSD Review (2.5”)

The Huawei ES3000 v3 is a series of NVMe SSDs (Non-Volatile Memory Express Solid State Drives) that marks the sixth generation of Huawei’s enterprise-level SSDs. The ES3000 v3 series is Huawei first NVMe drive however. The series comes in two form factors: 2.5” (15mm z-height) and Half-Height, Half-Length add-in card (HHHL AIC). The drive comes in a variety of capacities from 1.2TB to 3.2TB.

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EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (HCI)

Scaled Sysbench is the final performance test of the all-flash EMC ScaleIO VxRack Node configured in HCI. In two-layer, we pressed the system to 99.2% capacity and saw phenomenal throughput with the four Dell servers acting as load gens. This time, with the compute and storage together in the 2U chassis, we run the same testing to see what happens. We'd expect to see more weight on the CPUs as the limiting factor, as the system has more work to, but thus far in the HCI testing, ScaleIO has proven to be extremely efficient and lightweight from an overhead perspective; something that is generally the reverse in other HCI solutions.

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by Brian Beeler

ClearSky Data Review

The enterprise storage market is often viewed as a bifurcation between some form of traditional data center architecture or cloud-based solutions. ClearSky Data plays in the space in between, offering data center style responsiveness and data controls, with the scalability and economic benefits of the cloud. ClearSky leverages what they call "Smart Tiered Caching" to keep hot data near the enterprise via a caching appliance, while offloading cold data to cloud providers. Combined with an intuitive web-based interface, this approach gives ClearSky customers a unique level of control over their data that neither on-premises nor cloud solutions can offer on their own. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba PX04P NVMe SSD Review (2.5")

The Toshiba PX04P is a series of NVMe SSDs (Non-Volatile Memory Express Solid State Drives) designed specifically for servers and storage appliances that need scalable performance at the lowest possible latency. The PX04P series is offered in both 2.5” and half-height half-length add-in card (HHHL) form factors. Both form factors are offered in capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB and come in several flavors to meet write-endurance needs.

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