Enterprise Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review

Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5” Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the pervious versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications. One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn’t nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5” drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC Upgrade (Dell EMC PowerEdge R730)

We previously reviewed the Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC 25Gb NIC, which is a custom form-factor card designed to slot into Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. This card is unique compared to traditional PCIe edge-cards, in that it is designed to integrate with the server in the same way as any other OEM part and not take up any precious PCIe real-estate. This is very valuable for 1U servers, where PCIe slots are in short supply. In this In the Lab article, we show the process of installing one of these cards into a Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 13G.

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by Josh Linden

Arcserve UDP 8400 Appliance Review

The Arcserve UDP 8400 packages a suite of backup and restore functionality into a 2U rack-mounted appliance aimed at the mid-market. The 8400 promises a comprehensive set of backup features from individual appliances, or as part of a larger deployment with multiple Arcserve 8000 units. Arcserve is promoting the fact that their new generation of appliances has not only brought higher capacities and density, but also features hardware improvements across the board to meet higher expectations in enterprise environments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech ASR-3100PP Review

The Advantech ASR-3100PP is part of the larger ASR-3100 series which is comprised of storage-heavy 1U servers. Each server offers up 16 bays of 2.5" storage, in a double-stack format, with 8 bays in the traditional front of the box and another 8 that pop up right behind those near the front of the chassis. The ASR-3100PP variant is unique in that it is NVMe throughout, which offers a tremendous performance profile in just a single rack unit. To ensure customers get to use all of their NVMe storage for important applications, Advantech includes two M.2 2242 SATA slots on the motherboard for OS installation, with optional RAID1 mirror. Additionally the system offers 16 DIMM slots for up to 512GB RAM, dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 CPU slots, two PCIe x8 expansion slots (one FHHL, one HHHL), redundant 1100W redundant power supplies and IPMI support. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD Review (3.84TB, 3DWPD)

Seagate and Micron co-launched SAS SSDs at the end of 2015 in a partnership to accelerate sales of enterpise SSDs for the two companies. In the initial review, we looked at the 1.6TB capacity in the light endurance category which has an edurance rating of three drive writes per day (DWPD). Seagate offers 1200.2 SSDs across five endurance categories ranging from 1DWPD to 25DWPD. In this review we stick with the mainstream mixed workload light endurance category but pick up with the highest capacity 3.84TB model. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

Much like the recently reviewed Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx, today we will be looking at the traditional HHHL version of this NIC. The NIC is designed to add high bandwidth with low latency and a high message rate with its 25GbE transfer rate (though it is compatible with 10GbE as well). The NIC is ideal for next-generation web, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platform use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP rNDC NIC Review

The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver high bandwidth and low latency with its 25GbE transfer rate. What is interesting about this NIC is that it is designed specifically for the Dell PowerEdge line of servers (specifically the R630, R730, R730xd, and R930), slotting into the motherboard without taking up a traditional PCIe slot. The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx aims to bring about all of the performance promise of the PowerEdge servers while not letting networking be the bottleneck that slows everything down.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS1817+ is another comprehensive 8-bay NAS system from Synology designed to centralize storage for small growing businesses. At the center of the DS1817+ is a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine and up to 16GB in dual-channel DDR RAM, components that should allow the NAS solution to work well in most demanding environments (upwards of 1,179MB/s in sequential reads). The DS1817+ can store a maximum of 80TB in storage on a single system using eight 10TB drives, which can be upped to a massive total of 180TB via expansion units. This scalable solution also features four 1GbE LAN ports.

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by Brian Beeler

Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 Overview: Flash Native Storage

Huawei launched their OcenStor Dorado V3 last fall during their HUAWEI CONNECT annual event in Shanghai, China. We were on hand for the launch and were able to learn first hand of Huawei’s vision for the next generation of SSD adoption in the enterprise. Huawei describes this as the fourth generation of flash storage, where all flash arrays are not only able to take full advantage of SSD media to deliver excellent latency; they’re also able to leverage data reduction technologies to ensure cost-effective capacity delivery targets are made in a relatively small rack footprint.

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by Adam Armstrong

NComputing RX300 Thin Client Review

Thin Clients have long been used as a way to deliver computing power to multiple users for a low price. NComputing has taken this concept to a new level with the release earlier this year of its RX300. The RX300 uses a Raspberry Pi 3 platform as its base. This alone makes it the lowest initial cost thin client to date while still offering enough performance for most general uses in SMB and education. The thin client also comes with built-in transparent USB redirection achieving unparalleled peripheral support, WiFi, and optional access to Raspbian Linux OS managed by the IT admin.

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