Enterprise Reviews
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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by Lyle Smith

Adaptec Series 7 RAID Controllers Review

The Series 7 family is Adaptec's versatile line of 6Gb/s RAID controllers, bringing Adaptec into the PCI Express 3.0 market. The driving force behind the Series 7 is that no expanders are needed to connect up to 24 devices, allowing for a less costly and less complex design. There's also clearly a density benefit with an Adaptec-based deployment, as most competitive solutions use 8 port designs that require expanders as port count scales. The new Series 7 family are Adaptec's first generation of controllers reap the benefits of the merger with PMC in terms of engineering and production capabilities.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ ZD-XL SQL Accelerator Review

The OCZ ZD-XL SQL Accelerator is a duty-specific combination of hardware and software designed explicitly, as the name implies, to accelerate SQL databases. ZD-XL leverages an OCZ Z-Drive R4 RM series PCIe application accelerator as the flash storage layer combined with a host application to either accelerate a SQL volume on hard drives or accelerate a SQL database by placing it in flash. Its biggest differentiator though is a third option; if the situation calls for it ZD-XL can do both - accelerate a SQL volume on the flash card and cache large databases that reside on HDDs. 

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by Josh Linden

Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 Review

The Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 is a dual-controller, 16Gb/s Fibre Channel storage system that offers 16 internal drives with 6Gb/s SAS connectivity and is scalable to 240 drives via a JBOD expansion unit. EonStor DS is Infortrend’s lineup of entry-level family of SAN storage solutions for small and medium businesses, providing SAN counterparts to the company’s EonNAS product line which we examined in our October 2013 review of the EonNAS 3510.

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by Chris Looney

Synology Expansion Units Review

With the ever-increasing nature of enterprise-level storage demands, administrators not only have to focus on fulfilling current needs, but also keep an eye on scalability and future-proofing. Replacing or upgrading infrastructure can often be costly and time-consuming, to say nothing of inconvenience or lost opportunity. With this in mind, Synology offers a wide array of easy-to-use expansion units to be partnered with its flagship RackStation and DiskStation lines. While each of the seven offered expansion bay models are tailored to specific Synology RackStation/DiskStation products, they all share several common features that bring Synology's ease-of-use philosophy full circle: plug-and-use design to minimize downtime, RAID management through Synology's DSM software, and a commitment to energy efficiency.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Netgear ProSAFE XS712T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The Netgear ProSAFE XS712T is a 10GBase-T Smart Switch purposely designed for SMB environments. Featuring 12 10-GBase-T copper ports and 2 shared SPF+ ports for 10G fiber links, Netgear ProSAFE XS712T is designed for businesses to cost-effectively grow 10GbE support in their rack for a reasonable price. Now small businesses can expand their networks with to include faster 10GBase-T devices that drive lower latency and lower power consumption without breaking the bank while tying into existing infrastructure components.

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by Lyle Smith

Buffalo TeraStation 7120r Enterprise Review

The Buffalo TeraStation 7120r Enterprise is a high-performance 2U rack mountable NAS that features enterprise-class hard drives. In the past, Buffalo Technology had always focused on network storage for consumers and small-to-medium businesses; however with the entry of this powerful NAS/IP SAN appliance, it likely signals a move towards the enterprise market as the TeraStation 7120r is designed specifically for enterprises that are looking implement a reliable, RAID-based NAS solution for large, high-traffic networks and business critical applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fusion-io ION Data Accelerator Review

Fusion-io’s ION Data Accelerator software platform leverages ioMemory flash storage and open server hardware to accelerate applications and SAN performance through sharing or clustering high-speed PCIe flash. ION Data Accelerator is designed for use with Tier 1 server hardware from a number of major vendors, where it functions as an application accelerator appliance that supports block storage protocols including 8/16Gb Fibre Channel, QDR/FDR InfiniBand, and 10Gbit iSCSI.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ReadyDATA 516 Review

The Netgear ReadyDATA 516 is a 6-bay desktop form factor NAS that leverages ZFS to deliver a surprising number of features to the small NAS category. Some of these include features like replication, cloud support, thin provisioning and integration with virtualization platforms but the ReadyDATA 516 also does something unique in the space by offering both a read and write cache option via optional SSDs. In total the ReadyDATA 516 provides SMBs, branch offices and remote offices with an easy to deploy NAS solution that brings many enterprise-grade features to the masses.

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