Enterprise Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Sysbench OLTP Performance

To measure the performance of the VMware VSAN cluster in transactional database workloads, we first leverage the Sysbench OLTP benchmark, paying close attention to total aggregate performance. The Sysbench OLTP benchmark runs on top of Percona MySQL leveraging the InnoDB storage engine operating inside a CentOS installation. While a traditional SAN infrastructure can better cope with large single workloads, hyper-converged systems are designed to spread that load across all nodes in the system. To that end, we deployed four Sysbench VMs on the VSAN cluster, 1 per node, and measured the total performance seen on the cluster with all operating simultaneously.

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VMware Virtual SAN Review: VMmark Performance

Tuning hyper-converged systems for VMmark presents new challenges for how StorageReview runs the benchmark. Our VMmark implementation is designed for traditional IT architectures, fixed compute servers and review storage hardware swapped between tests. With VMware VSAN, storage and compute are merged into one platform with one single datastore, necessitating a modification to our VMmark setup. In this case we had our VMware VSAN cluster both running the storage and the compute requirements, offering a one-two punch compared to traditional platforms that would require compute servers separate.

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VMware Virtual SAN Review: Overview and Configuration

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is part of the burgeoning category of software defined everything that's assaulting all points from corporate datacenters to remote and branch offices. VMware describes VSAN as "hypervisor-converged storage" that is optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. However you refer to this space, the mission is more or less the same; to greatly simplify enterprise IT, reduce total cost of ownership and provide flexible scalability while delivering predictable performance. The path vendors take to achieve these quad-objectives is widely varied however. For their part VMware has a singular focus, to deliver against these goals in the most comprehensive, cost effective way for organizations using vSphere. 

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Eaton G3 Platform ePDU Review

Eaton's third-generation or G3 ePDUs are 0U, vertical mounted power distribution units. The ePDUs can have between 10 to 42 outlets, depending on the model. These PDUs enable administrators to monitor power usage of the entire PDU, individual outlets, or sections of outlets over a network. The metering or managed functions are built into the PDUs and Eaton offers free software for monitoring. In our recently moved StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab we are using three Eaton G3 EMI104-10 metered-input ePDUs as well as a managed G3 EMA107-10 across multiple Eaton S-Series Racks.

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Eaton BladeUPS Power System Review

The Eaton BladeUPS system is a modular battery backup platform that enables uninterruptable power to a populated rack or racks. Unlike other UPS systems, the BladeUPS houses both its electronics and batteries in the same housing. The BladeUPS is unqiue though in that it is both modular and scalable. Users can start off with one 8kW, 6U unit and scale all the way up to an entire rack populated with units, topping out at 60kW. Eaton claims that their BladeUPS have an operating efficiency of 98.6%, with 65% less heat dissipation, and a 70% reduction in footprint compared to their competitors.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815 NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815 is a 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS designed for small businesses and consumers with a limited budget who are looking for an efficient way to store, protect, and share their data. One of the most notable features of the RS815 is its ability to scale when needed, which makes this ideal for small growing companies, as this device is certainly a “future proof” NAS. Additionally, the Synology RS815 is built using a small 12-inch chassis design--roughly a third shorter than its predecessor RS814--allowing it to be deployed in even more space-constraining areas, such as a 2-post rack or a wall-mount server rack.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperServer 1028U-TNR4T+ Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 1028U-TNR4T+ is a high-end server that is comprised of the SC119UAC(2)-R750 1U server chassis featuring and X10DRU-i+ dual processor serverboard subsystems, the latter which is based on the Intel PCH C612 chipset. Like the previously reviewed SuperServer 1027R-WC1NRT, the 1028U provides enterprises with a ton of versatility for heavy application workloads with its equipped 10 hot-swappable 2.5" SAS/SATA drive bays.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2TB 2.5” HDD Review

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDD v3 is a 2.5” drive is Seagate’s third generation of Enterprise Capacity drives, this time with the highest capacity currently available for 2.5” HDDs at 2TB (Toshiba has a 3TB 2.5” HDD but it is not currently available). The drive also comes in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities. The drive is available in either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA. And for users looking for an extra secure solution, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDDs come in Self Encrypting Models (SED) with Secure Erase technology and come in a government-grade SED FIPS 140-2 models. 

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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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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS1515 Review

Synology has released its first 5-bay value series NAS; the DS1515. Synology cut costs on this model by loading it with a lower-end CPU (Quad Core 1.4GHz Alpine AL-314) and fewer USB 3.0 ports, but it still provides all of the features one would expect with a Synology DiskStation. It would be ideal for budget-minded businesses that don't mind a bit of a dip in performance compared to the DS1515+, which would cost about $150 more.

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