Enterprise Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review

The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS is configurable in capacities up to 16TB and as the name implies features the Windows Storage Server 2012 operating system. The Windows software gives Seagate an alternative offering to their other NAS products that leverage Seagate's own operating layer on top of Linux, making this particular NAS an easy plug and play option for small offices and branch offices that rely on a Windows IT environment that rely on key features like Active Directory.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Adaptec Series 8 RAID Controllers Review

Adaptec’s Series 8 line are 12Gb/s RAID adapters featuring an end-to-end PMC architecture that incorporates PMC’s I/O protocol controllers, RoC controllers, SAS expanders, and software. The Adaptec Series 8 cards boast a significant performance improvement compared to its previous generation of adaptors, as they are quoted to be significantly faster than their predecessors. The Series 8 cards are also equipped with maxCache Plus technology, which supports both caching and tiering functionality and allows IT managers, system integrators, and ISV's to reap the fastest performance and best overall value from their storage systems. maxCache Plus also provides users the flexibility to configure their storage devices in server environments as well as allowing  the fastest media to be used as storage instead of only cache. As a result, this maximizes the potential of the newest 12Gb/s drives on the market.

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by Josh Linden

QLogic 8300 Series Converged Network Adapter Review

QLogic’s 8300 series is the company’s fourth generation of converged network adapters, offering 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel  connectivity via single- and dual-port models with support for SFP+ direct attach copper cables and SR (short reach) optical transceivers. Administrators can utilize QLogic’s I/OFlex technology to convert 8300 series adapters between a 10Gb converged Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel in the field. The 8300 series is able to offer CPU-offload capabilities for FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP traffic across a 10Gb Ethernet connection combined with the consistent, predictable performance and security of multi-port isolation which ensures that workload or error issues on one port do not affect the operation of the other port.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBA Review

The Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBAs (which share the same controller as the LSI 9300-8i HBAs) are engineered to deliver maximum performance. Delivering over a million IOPS and 6000+MB/s, the cards are designed to meet the growing demands of enterprises that require even more robust throughput in a range of applications that includes transactional databases, Web 2.0, data mining, and video streaming and editing. The LSI SAS 3008 controller supports 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and provides SATA/SAS links at rates between 3 and 12Gb/s and supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 in the IR version. 

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by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic SX-HS-15-R Review

The SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic is the new generation of surge protectors designed with state-of-the-art microprocessor protection technology. They protect equipment from power anomalies that can confuse the circuitry in digital equipment and cause degradation over time. Its professional-grade Power Conditioning System allows technicians within organizations to troubleshoot and diagnose power anomalies both on and off site and offer the ability to customize power protection settings. Ultimately the SurgeX is positioned to be the best solution on the market to protect sensitive equipment from fluctuations in power that can damage or destroy servers, storage arrays and the like.

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by Josh Linden

Synology DS1813+ NAS Review

The Synology DS1813+ is an eight-bay NAS system in Synology’s DiskStation lineup of desktop storage appliances, offered as a successor to the Synology DS1812+ which we reviewed in early 2013. The DS1813+ offers four gigabit NICs which can be aggregated, and in addition to its maximum internal capacity of 32TB, the DS1813+ can manage up to 72TB of storage when used with two 5-bay DS513 expansion units. The DS1813+ offers straightforward configured for access via SMB/CIFS shares or iSCSI, which in conjunction with the DiskStation Manager operating system make the DS1813+ a highly adaptable storage platform for small and medium enterprises.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Unitrends Enterprise Backup Review

Unitrends offers its backup solution in two options: a virtual appliance and a physical one. We already took a look at the physical appliance, in which we determined that it offers great value from an ROI perspective with its tremendous capacity per dollar ratio as well as a web-based interface that's intuitive to use. For this review, we will be taking a look at Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB), an affordable heterogeneous, enterprise-class, scalable data protection software-only backup solution, which is available as a virtual appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Additionally, with Unitrends' Simply Scalable technology, Unitrends Enterprise Backup gives companies an efficient and reliable way to automate regular backups and offers great protection for data and systems residing on virtual, physical and cloud-based infrastructure.

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by Chris Looney

QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Review

The QNAP TS-470 is a 4-bay NAS designed for SMB use (its sibling the TS-470 Pro is aimed at SOHO environments). Under the hood, the TS-470 offers high performance, powered by a dual-core Intel 2.6GHz processor and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (which can be expanded up to 16GB). Four Gigabit LAN ports (two single onboard and one dual-port gigabit Ethernet PCI-Express card) allow for maximum bandwidth efficiency; additionally, the dual-port NIC can be swapped out with a 10GbE adapter, greatly increasing IOPS throughput. With a mind toward scalability, the TS-470 offers a centralized storage solution for applications and environments with ever-growing storage needs, while also providing a full range of management applications and features through the QTS 4.0 operating system. Emphasis on data security, backup and retrieval, and antivirus also make the TS-470 an ideal choice for those who seek worry-free storage and safeguarding of increasing amounts of data.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperStorage Server 2027R-AR24NV Review

The Supermicro SuperStorage Server AR24NV is a high-end storage system built around leading SAS3 12Gb/s technology. It offers seamless migration from SAS2 to SAS3 for SES-2 layer in terms of storage enclosure management, delivering performance that has the ability to realize the full potential of PCIe 3.0-enabled motherboards and SSD storage solutions. The 2027R-AR24NV is comprised of two main subsystems: the SC216A-R920LPB 2U 24-bay chassis and the Super X9DRH-iF-NV dual-processor serverboard. The main attraction though is an all-new 24-bay SAS3 12Gb/s backplane optimized for the latest generation of SSDs as well as an impressive 7 PCIe 3.0 slots to support a wide range RAID/HBA and networking interconnect options.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell Compellent Hands-On

StorageReview recently spent a few days in Dell's facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire to take a close look at Dell's Compellent storage platform. Compellent is an all flash or hybrid system for large-scale enterprise storage with multiple tiers that can accommodate different drive types, speeds and interfaces which delivers automated tiering based on analysis of data access requirements. In this overview we'll break down Compellent's key tiering technology which is dubbed "Data Progression" and highlight other key features and configuration options that give Compellent its flexibility and performance.

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