Enterprise Reviews
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QNAP QTS 4.3.X Review

We have come a long way from the strictly enterprise SAN devices that were firmly targeted to only those with a large budget. We now have dozens of various manufacturers that are offering low cost; high performance hardware at nearly every price point. It's possible to purchase a simple 2 bay NAS that under the hood is running the same OS as the much larger rackmount models – additionally providing many of the same features the more expensive alternative. This OS update function allows for many much older devices to benefit from feature updates, security updates and additional functionality. One of the best in the industry at being able to solve the issues faced in the home, small business or enterprise edge is QNAP with their QTS operating system.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NetApp AFF A800 Review

The AFF A800 is the top-of-the-line ONTAP all-flash storage array from NetApp, which at launch offered an industry-first, end-to-end NVMe/FC over 32Gb FC, as well as 100GbE connectivity. To date, we have been working our way through the all-flash AFF lineup, starting with the potent A200 (having since been replaced by the A220) as well as the A300. Both of the units we previously reviewed won Editor’s Choice awards. Today we will be looking at the NVMe-based A800 powerhouse that offers the same ONTAP benefits of the previously reviewed models, as well as exponentially faster performance and lower latency. While this initial review focuses on system performance over Fibre Channel, subsequent articles will dive into the A800's end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) support. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Kingston DC500R Enterprise SSD Review

The Kingston DC500R, announced in mid-March of this year, is an enterprise-grade SSD, ideal for read-intensive applications such as server boot, web serving, virtual desktop infrastructure, operational databases, and analytics. This 2.5” form factor SSD is optimized for read-intensive applications and is the first to implement Kingston’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance and low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads.

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by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Management Suite Review

After having a chance to work with and review the Wyse 5070 Client, we thought we would dive in and take a look at the Dell Wyse Management Suite (WMS), Wyse’s VDI management offering. With the ability for administrators to configure, monitor and optimize their VDI clients in a systemized fashion from a centralized location, this management software is just as, if not more, important than the VDI client itself.

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by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Converter On An Intel NUC Review (NUC7CJYS)

After having a chance to work with and review various VDI clients, we thought we would see what it takes (and if it makes sense) to create our own VDI client using a low-priced small form factor computer and VDI client software. This review will be different than our other reviews as we will cover how to assemble a system to act as a VDI client software, and then we will review that system as a VDI client.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 Review

In August of 2018, Dell EMC announced the launch of its new high-performance, modular infrastructure, the PowerEdge MX7000. The 7U MX7000 is sort of an evolution of the company’s M1000e modular blade chassis. With the popular M1000e, users are able to quickly add in blades depending on there needs e.g. add more storage, compute, or extra networking. This technology allows users to easily grow if need be, say their workloads’ needs expand in storage or compute. Dell EMC customers love this flexibility but had been asking Dell EMC for a platform that can better take advantage of new technologies as they come to market be it CPUs, storage or interconnects. After several years of research and development, Dell EMC released a new blade server chassis and sleds with the MX platform (though not a replacement for the M1000e) to better adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.

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by Brian Beeler

Supermicro SuperServer with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory First Look Review

The Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT is a 1U dual-processor complete system. Supermicro designed the SuperServer to address a slew of popular use cases like virtualization, databases, cloud computing and others that can benefit from high density compute power. The system has been updated to support second generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and it's one of the first to ship with support for Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Synology DiskStation DS918+ Review

The DiskStation DS918+ is the newest edition of Synology’s 4-bay tower Plus Series NAS. This model offers four 3.5" bays in addition to two M.2 NVMe slots on the bottom for caching. Networking connectivity is provided through two 1GbE ports. The DS918+ designed for small and medium-sized businesses looking for a NAS that provides impressive performance. It also offers expandable storage capacity, allowing businesses the economical option of scaling as their business grows.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR570 Server Review

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR570 is a 2-socket 1U server that can be used by the entire gamut of SMB to large enterprises. The server offers a balance of performance, memory, and storage. This balance leads to versatility allowing the SR570 to be used in a wide range of workloads, such as virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, web serving, and application development. The SR570 is also a popular option for software-defined solutions, of which Lenovo supports many via their ThinkAgile platforms, that have a heavier reliance on compute density than storage footprint.

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by Brian Beeler

QNAP Qtier and SSD Cache Review

We review so many NAS systems that we rarely have time to explore all of the features available within these systems. From a QNAP perspective, they've been working to continue to enhance the ways flash can be taken advantage of within their systems. This is both in terms of aggressive hardware designs that allow for a ton of flash via 2.5" and/or M.2 slots, and within the NAS operating system itself (QNAP QTS). On the software side, QNAP offers two ways to accelerate NAS performance with SSDs. The first is their auto tiering mechanism dubbed Qtier, the second is via SSD cache. In this review we take a look at both options to illustrate the performance benefits of each technology.

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