by Lyle Smith

Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) Review

Designed to improve the overall home and workspace experience, the Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) features a full HD screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. The nicely designed S2317HJ comes equipped with VGA, HDMI, audio line-in, and audio line-out ports for the usual connectivity options, and offers both wireless Qi and PMA charging. The S2317HJ also has built-in dual 3W integrated speakers for some pretty decent audio, and boasts a 23-inch 178°/178° ultra-wide viewing angle with full-tilt capabilities. This allows users to easily maneuver the screen in all kinds of different positions and angles, which is ideal for those who work in places where their monitor might be situated in an unconventional location.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Crucial DDR4 Memory Review

In any performance-driven server or storage system, RAM plays a critical role when it comes to managing application latency. The premise is simple; the more memory systems have, the faster they'll go. But RAM is also one of the most expensive components, so it's important to balance performance needs with the proper technologies and RAM footprint to meet the need. Like all other things in IT, memory is making leaps and bounds in innovation. The latest version of memory is DDR4 (double data rate fourth-generation), which is finding its way into leading edge servers and storage platforms. In our lab RAM is one of our most valued assets, helping us push the limits in many of our benchmarks. Crucial has supplied the lab with DDR4 that we've been leveraging to push our load systems to their fullest.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Fresh Air Cooling

Lowering power usage is a hot-button topic for anyone operating a lab or datacenter these days. Utility costs are always increasing, servers and storage keep growing and there are few signs that "the cloud" is going to do much to help. Regardless of the size of operation, power costs make up a huge portion of an OPEX budget (#4 at StorageReview); including the direct power usage of servers and associated hardware, as well as indirect power usage to cooling everything. During one of my first trips to Dell's headquarters in Round Rock, TX, I had the pleasure of seeing the Dell Fresh Air Hot House, which sparked ideas that would eventually lower the overall power usage of the StorageReview Test Lab.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Eaton BladeUPS Power System Upgrade

Its been roughly one year since StorageReview overhauled its main lab, outfitted with Eaton S-Series racks, Eaton metered and managed G3 PDUs as well as an Eaton BladeUPS Power System. The BladeUPS Power System is unique in the datacenter space, where future expansions can be approached in a modular fashion and installed without calling in an electrician. While the original design offered 12kW of capacity, growth in the StorageReview lab has grown our power demands as well. In this In the Lab article we cover the installation and upgrade process of an additional 12kW Eaton BladeUPS power module.

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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 Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS3615xs Review

The DS3615xs is Synology's top-performing and highest-capacity DiskStation (tower form factor), with reported transfer speeds of 2,214MB/s (read) and up to 288TB of raw storage (with two DX1215 expansion units). This NAS was designed to serve large-scale businesses that want to set up a comprehensive server while retaining the option of expanding their storage capabilities in the future. As it is a constituent of Synology's XS Series, the DS3615xs leverages top-of-the-line hardware, including a 3.4GHz CPU and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM (with the ability to expand to 32GB of RAM). As with all of their DiskStation units, the DS3615xs makes use of Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface, as well as all of the features and applications therein.

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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

Cisco UCS Mini Review

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is designed with the idea of unifying and simplifying the data center. Customers should be able to deploy servers quickly with less overall infrastructure all with unified management through UCS Manger. The Cisco UCS Mini takes the UCS blade server system, houses it into one 6U chassis, the Cisco UCS 5100, and optimizes it for remote and branch offices. The Mini offers servers, storage, and 10 Gigabit networking in a very dense form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7510 Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 15 7510, just like the tower form-factor Precision Tower 7810 we reviewed last year, is a performance-driven workstation that is equipped with some serious processing capabilities. It leverages 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7, and the industry’s first ever mobile Intel Xeon processor, giving users options for virtually any power requirements they need. If you couple this with its maximum of 64GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, this mobile workstation packs quite the performance punch.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Server with Intel Broadwell Review

Intel has released more of its “tick” Broadwell 14nm processors. As with all Intel processor releases these new Broadwell CPUs aim to bring better performance to the servers that use them. Dell has refreshed its PowerEdge R730 servers (review of the R730 before the refresh) and has run a series of benchmarks to highlight the difference customers can expect from the updated processors. Dell was nice enough to share their testing and results with us but we are always more inclined to run our own tests to see how well something works, which we have, leveraging the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family. 

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