Enterprise Reviews
by Brian Beeler

Hands On with HPE SimpliVity

Recently Kevin and I took a trip to Westborough, Massachusetts (unironically west of Boston) to visit the original, and still current home of what is now HPE SimpliVity. We met with Vinay Jonnakuti, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, and Chuck Wood in Product Marketing for HPE, both of whom were with the orignal SimpliVity team. SimpliVity started back in 2009 and was an original disruptor in what would come to be known as hyperconverged infrastructure. Now we're coming up on the two-year anniversary of HPE's purchase of SimpliVity. The match thus far appears to be working, as the SimpliVity team continues to develop the platform in their original offices, backed by the heft of HPE. More than just a big company though, HPE has leading server platforms which are fundamental to the success of HPE SimpliVity.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Samsung 983 ZET Review

Samsung has moved into the market that aims to fill the gap between system memory and storage with its new 983 ZET SSD. So far in this arena we’ve seen, not necessarily the most performant drives, but drives with very low latency. The 983 ZET is an NVMe SSD designed specifically for low latency (with claims Quality of Service (QoS) read/writes of up to 0.03ms at a minimal 20μs latency) for high-performance computing applications as well as emerging technologies that are becoming more common such as AI and IoT. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech SKY-8101L Overview

The Advantech SKY-8101L is a series of 1U servers that leverage a single Intel Xeon Scalable processor. The family uses a 27.5" short-depth design, making them ideal for situations where density is critical. Storage configurations vary across the models with up to 8x 2.5" hot-swappable HDD/SSD drives and optional 2x 2.5" NVMe SSDs, or 4x 3.5" hot-swappable HDD drives. The servers also have a single M.2 2280 SATA slot for boot SSD. Additionally the servers support 6x DIMM sockets and two FHFL PCIe x8 Gen3 slots.

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ VDI Client Review

The ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ client is geared towards heavy duty security-conscious virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) user bases, such as governmental agencies, the military, financial institutions, or any other VDI users that need an especially robust and secure VDI client. While other VDI clients with a similar price point may be more feature-rich, the ClearCube CD7012 makes up for this with its ruggedness and security features. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC P4610 Series Review

The Intel SSD DC P4610 Series is the company's newest line of data center drives specifically built for performance, QoS, and capacity. Leveraging the NVMe specification 1.2 inside a U.2 2.5” form factor, this focus on storage efficiency allows organizations to minimize service outages and to effectively manage their data centers "at scale". The new Intel line also helps improve server agility and utilization and accelerates applications in a variety of different cloud workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D Review

Earlier this year, QSAN launched its first All-Flash SAN with the QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D. As opposed to being a update to QSAN’s XCubeSAN line, the XCubeFAS XF2026D is an all new SAN product. The product is built on the foundations of being user-friendly, can be deployed and integrated into any environment, and is affordable regardless of the size of the company. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC VxRail P570F Review

The Dell EMC VxRail family of appliances are hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) underpinned by VMware vSAN. VxRail has long been the lead product when VMware talks about vSAN, as the concept of deploying and managing the VxRail appliance is appealing to many. Of course, Dell EMC and others sell vSAN Ready Nodes for those who want a little more control over server configuration. VxRail isn't new to the lab as we wrote about the features like streamlined deployment and rigorous compatibility testing that Dell EMC brings to the table in early 2017. Much has changed since then; primarily Dell EMC has migrated off whitebox servers to PowerEdge servers. This is not an insignificant change, primarily because PowerEdge servers bring additional management and reliability features to the table that VxRail appliances can benefit from, further strengthening the Dell EMC/VMware value proposition when discussing the benefits of the VxRail appliance vs. Ready Nodes or roll your own options.

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by Tom Fenton

Dell EMC CloudIQ Review

CloudIQ is a free, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution that allows customers to monitor, analyze, and troubleshoot Dell EMC’s storage systems (Unity, SC Series, XtremIO, and PowerMax/VMAX) with a HTML5 browser. Since its release in 2016, Dell EMC has steadily been adding improvements and features to CloudIQ to make it an actionable service for their customers.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Liqid Element AIC Review (7.68TB)

The Liqid Element AIC is an extreme performance, high capacity PCIe SSD, incorporating four m.2 NVMe SSDs and a PCIe switch in a HHHL package. It is designed to handle performance-demanding workloads and offer full compatibility with existing systems that support NVMe devices. Available in the half-height half-length standard form factor, the Element sports a Gen 3.0 x8 PCIe interface that utilizes the latest NVME protocol. The Element has both Data Center and Enterprise models available, with capacities up to 15.40TB and 12.80TB, and offers incredible performance up to 1.25M IOPS or 7GB/s in bandwidth.

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by Lyle Smith

Memblaze PBlaze5 910 AIC NVMe SSD Review

The Memblaze PBlaze5 910 is a high-performing NVMe SSD designed to significantly enhance application performance. Equipped with 64-layer 3D NAND, the PBlaze5 features massive single-disk capacity up to 15.36TB, which is 40% more than previous models. Memblaze indicates that this will allow their new SSD to increase rack density in storage server applications, saving space and lowering energy costs. Adding ever more energy efficiency to data centers, the 910 series is also reported to increase performance by 38% per watt and supports 16 power mode settings, ranging from 10W to 25W.

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