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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

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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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: VMmark Performance Review (HCI)

When deployed in hyperconverged mode, the EMC VxRack Nodes running ScaleIO are often found running VMware. While not always the case, the nodes support just about everything, VMware is the easiest to understand from a performance perspective thanks to VMmark. When we reviewed ScaleIO running VMmark in two-layer, the all-flash VxRack Node handled 26 tiles. The system could have probably handled a few more as it had capacity to spare, but the four loadgen servers were at their max. This time we run the same benchmark in HCI, combining the storage and compute into one 2U box versus the 10U total in the two-layer test. In this test the efficiency of the management software will be obvious as the box will be at saturation points everywhere; storage capacity, CPU utilization and RAM footprint will all be under duress. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: SQL Server Performance Review (HCI)

After our first look at EMC's VxRack Node running in HCI mode measuring synthetic workload performance, we turn our attention to SQL Server OLTP performance. In this particular test our focus is on application-level latency, instead of completely stressing the system in terms of both CPU and storage I/O. To find out just how well ScaleIO holds up under pressure, we put its HCI configuration head to head against its phenominal two-layer results to see if EMC still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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