Enterprise Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS2415+ Review

Synology designed their 12-bay DiskStation DS2415+ to provide massive storage and strong performance to larger businesses. The DS2415+ provides all of the same features as Synology's other DiskStations (most notably, their award-winning DSM interface), while allowing for scalability through the DX1215 expansion unit (which would take the total raw capacity up to 144TB). In terms of specifications, the DS2415+ leverages a 2.4GHz CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB), with four USB 3.0 ports. The DS2415+ is the only 12-bay DiskStation in Synology's Plus Series, and it provides the largest storage capacity out of all of their DiskStations.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (2-layer)

In our first segment of the VxRack Node review, we covered over the deployment options, primary management interface overview and a look at the hardware behind our all flash performance nodes from VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. In this portion of the review we take a look at VxRack Nodes in a two-layer SAN configuration and how it performs under our MySQL Sysbench workload. We pressed ScaleIO and the underlying hardware to 99.2% capacity to evaluate performance as the workload intensity and capacity footprint increased. Our objective is to measure the Nodes' performance potential when it comes to being able to deliver high-speed transactional performance, including throughput and latency, over an ever-demanding workload scale in our virtualized environment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review

In June of 2013, EMC made a $200 million investment in ScaleIO, adding to their portfolio of storage offerings with a webscale software-defined scale-out solution. The ScaleIO stack has grown in flexibility and capabilities since then and now EMC offers ScaleIO in a variety of configurations to solve a wide variety of enterprise and service provider use cases. It's important to understand the wide variety concept as it pertains to ScaleIO. The software can be installed on any hardware or purchased as an engineered solution via VCE (VxRack System or VxRack Node). ScaleIO can run in two-layer mode where it's treated and performs just like a SAN, or it can run hyperconverged, combining compute and storage together. It can also run bare metal OS, integrated with all major hypervisors including VMware, Hyper-V and KVM, or OpenStack. Lastly, ScaleIO supports a wide variety of drive configurations including all-disk, all-flash and hybrid combinations in between, scaling near linearly as the number of nodes grows. The net result is that ScaleIO can deliver top-tier performance that can be consumed in just about every way possible with impressive economics.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor Review

Being able to see into one’s storage can be critical in some cases and at least helpful in most. This becomes even more beneficial when dealing with multi-vendor NAS and/or SAN arrays. SolarWinds’ Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) is a relatively in-expensive way for organizations to gain insight into their arrays. SolarWinds SRM gives administrators insight into all storage layers including virtualization and applications and supports several of the large vendors with a support list that continues to grow.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR216 Review

Synology has designed a storage solution that is optimized for easy PC-less surveillance in offices and small shops looking to leverage up to 4 IP cameras (or up to 9 with an upgraded unit). The NVR216 somewhat resembles one of Synology's 2-bay NAS units, but with an emphasis on providing HD video output with a small energy footprint and storage scalability (up to 7 drive bays with Synology's DX513) for future growth. Users can either connect the NVR216 directly to a monitor, or view camera feeds remotely with the DS cam mobile app (footage can be streamed in 720p/30FPS in either case).

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse Review

The Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse is a rackmount virtual workstation solution built atop the Precision Rack 7910, and is designed to deliver high performance user workspaces to remote users. The appliance comes in two configurations – pass-through and vGPU. In the pass-through configuration, the appliance comes with three NVIDIA K4200 cards and three Teradici 2220 host cards. In the vGPU configuration, the appliance comes with two NVIDIA K2A cards. The appliance has enough compute power for some of the most demanding workloads with two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v3 family with six, ten or twelve cores per processor and up to 512GB of 2133Mhz DDR4 memory. The appliance also comes with either four or eight 900GB SATA RAID 10 HDDs or 400GB RAID 10 SSDs. The configuration that we reviewed is the vGPU configuration of the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse.

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by Brian Beeler

Permabit Albireo SANblox Review

Permabit Albireo SANblox is a purpose-built data reduction appliance designed to unlock more capacity from Fibre Channel SANs. Permabit estimates users will see at least a 6:1 reduction in data footprint that resides on the SAN, allowing storage investments to massively alter the standard value proposition. SANblox offers deduplication and compression with thin provisioning, further enhancing the feature set. All of the data reduction is done inline, the SANblox appliance simply slips in ahead of and virtualizes the SAN, the SAN and the application are oblivious to the residence of the SANblox solution. SANblox works on any FC storage, regardless of disk configuration - hard drive, hybrid and all-flash solutions will all see the same reduction in data footprint.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC Surveillance Review (VNX-VSS100)

Cameras seem to be everywhere now and the number is only increasing. The omnipresent surveillance can be seen as either a blessing or a curse depending on one’s perspective, but it does provide information that can lead to finding answers to crimes, accidents, and mechanical failures. As camera technology is improving, with aspects such as better resolution, more and more data is being consumed. Surveillance data needs to be stored within a given time frame and with certain retention policies while at the same time video has to be accessed clearly and reliably when a request is sent. EMC sees these and coming concerns and is beefing up its own line of surveillance offerings, and products that serve the surveillance requirements or municipalities, events and large enterprises with complex needs and heavy compliance concerns. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

DataGravity Discovery Series Review

There are several options available for storage on the market today. Most of the differentiators out there involve differing speeds, more 9s in availability, or varying GUI support. All in all the arrays are very similar; they just offer different pricing and support or features that are aimed at a set group of customers. DataGravity has entered the picture offering something that truly is different. DataGravity’s focus isn’t on how fast data can be stored or retrieved, nor is it focused on how many drives you can fit in a 2U form factor; at least not yet anyway. DataGravity is about being able to understand your data and to help customers easily find it, report on it and ensure compliance with industry or internal policies.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro 6TB Review

The 6TB Red Pro builds on WD's portfolio of purpose-built hard drives for NAS, offering a 50% capacity boost over the previous highest capacity model (4TB WD Red Pro). The Red Pro family is designed to address the needs of those using storage systems up to 16 bays, ideal for SMBs and remote/branch offices that rely on NAS storage. Red Pro drives differentiate form the Red line with faster 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty. Read more