Enterprise Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Crucial DDR4 LRDIMM Server Memory Review

With all of the storage technology and new CPUs driving higher and higher performance, one piece of the puzzle that has been delivering on performance for a while is memory (DRAM/RAM). Typically speaking, if more performance is desired, simply throw in more RAM. This can get expensive fast. While Crucial is unable to do much about costs (as component parts are expensive, however the price is slowly softening) they have rolled out higher performing and high capacity RAM modules. That is what the company has done with its DDR4 LRDIMM Sever Memory modules.

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by Tom Fenton

Wyse 5070 Client Review

Dell is positioning the Wyse 5070 as a highly-configurable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) client platform. The Wsye 5070’s configuration ensures its functionality is suitable for a wide range of situations, from being a basic VDI client for task workers to being one that supports the most demanding of workloads. More specifically, the Wsye 5070 has 21 ports for connectivity, supports five different OSes, two different CPU families, many different memory and storage configurations, and all common remote display protocols. Additionally, it can be configured to support up to four 4K monitors and two 2K monitors, thereby satisfying the most demanding of users.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Nytro 3530 SSD Review

Announced roughly a year ago, the Seagate Nytro 3000 line of enterprise SAS SSDs is making its way through the market. These drives are part of an endurance-driven family of SSDs designed specifically for demanding enterprise applications and to improve TCO. The use cases include server virtualization, databases, software-defined storage, and all-flash arrays. In this review, we will be looking at the Nytro 3530, the light-endurance line aimed at OLTP and other more mainstream workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM1635a SSD Review

The Samsung PM1635a is an enterprise SSD designed to handle mixed read-write intensive workloads. Categorized as a "mainstream" enterprise drive, the PM1635a features a 12 Gb/s SAS interface and a capacity range up to 3.2TB. The Samsung drive is also built to handle 3 drive writes per day (in comparison, the PM1725a offers 5 DWPD).

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by Marshall Gunnell

Seagate IronWolf 14TB NAS HDD Review

Increasing popularity in the NAS hard drive space has pressed Seagate to release the highest capacity NAS HDD for the consumer on the market at this time – the IronWolf 14TB NAS HDD. This means that an 8-bay NAS can hold a total of 112TB of data without adding any expansion units, which is ideal for creative professionals, SOHO, and SMB’s that need to keep up with the rapid expansion of data requirements without crippling their budget. The Seagate IronWolf family features a 6Gb/s SATA interface, has a spindle speed of 7200rpm, features 1 million hours MTBF, and comes in smaller capacities ranging from 1TB to 12TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp EF570 All-Flash Array Review

Around this time last year, NetApp introduced several new offerings into its Big Data analytics portfolio. Among the offerings announced was the company's latest all-flash array (AFA), the NetApp EF570. The EF570 is a midrange AFA that is designed for high performance, high availability, simplicity, and a strong price-to-performance ratio for a 2U system. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN Dual-Port 100GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

The Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver extreme bandwidth at sub-600 nanosecond latency and a high message rate with its 100GbE transfer rate. With its advanced storage capabilities including NVMe-oF target offloads, this NIC is ideal for High Performance, Cloud, Data Analytics and Storage platforms.

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by Lyle Smith

Eaton RS Rack Enclosure Review (RSV4261B)

The Eaton RS is the company's newest rack enclosure line that offers organizations a ton of versatility and is well-suited for a range of small to large use cases. The RS Enclosures are highlighted by its customizable and tool-less mounting options for power equipment, high-flow doors to promote effective airflow, and a plethora of different cable management options depending on the specific model.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware vSAN with Intel Optane Review

We’ve talked about it and teased you with it, and now we are finally delivering the VMware vSAN with Intel Optane Review. This will mark the third major review of vSAN starting with a multi-part review of a hybrid vSAN 6.0 followed up by an all-flash review of vSAN 6.2. This go-round, instead of leveraging our Dell PowerEdge R730xd cluster, we are using Supermicro’s 2029U-TN24R4T+ 2U, 24-bay server running vSAN 6.7. For storage we are using an all NVMe configuration with Intel Optane P4800X (375GB) SSDs for the write tier as well as Intel P4500 (2TB) SSDs for capacity tier.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 860DCT SSD Review

Samsung’s new data center drive, the 860DCT, is a SATA, 2.5” SSD. The drive is designed for read-intensive, data-streaming data centers. Part of being designed for read-intensive, data-streaming uses is having the drive engineered for the endurance needed. The company states that leveraging its V-NAND technology, reinforced controller and high TBW, make the 860DCT the right drive for the above use cases. 

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