Enterprise Reviews
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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array Review

The Dell EMC SC5020 fits with Dell EMC's midrange storage portfolio and is available in a range of configurations including HDD, SSD and hybrid. Billed as a flexible workhorse for SMBs, the SC5020 doesn't drop features/functionality to be price competitive. In fact, in terms of capabilities, the SC5020 is on par with the all-flash SC9000 we reviewed last year. The differences are mostly around top-end performance specifications, as the SC9000 has more RAM and CPU in the controllers and thus will have a much higher performance threshold. For its part, the SC5020 uses a 3U chassis with two hot-swappable controllers in an active/active configuration and 30 2.5" drive bays. The system can be expanded with additional drive shelfs to support an additional 192 drives, topping the SC5020 out at over 2PB of maximum raw capacity. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Memblaze PBlaze5 910 U.2 NVMe SSD Review

During their Step Ahead event in Beijing, Memblaze launched a new series of 500 NVME drives as well as an expansion of its 900 line to 910 and 916. We will be looking at the 910 series in this review. The new 910 drives are offered in two form factors and leverage 64-Layer 3D NAND, which allows the drives to come in capacities as high as 16TB. This higher density can lead to denser racks or rack consolidation in the data center.

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by Lyle Smith

QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T NAS Review

The QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T is a NAS designed for Workgroup and SMB use cases. Powered by a Intel Celeron 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor, the 4-bay XN5004T is one of the two models from XN5000T NAS series. It comes equipped with up to 32GB SO-DIMM (8GB standard), an HDMI port, four 1GbE LAN (RJ45) ports, five USB 3.0 ports and a has a maximum capacity of a generous 58TB. It also features an on-board SATA SSD slot to increase overall system performance.

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by Kevin OBrien

NetApp AFF A300 Review

In August of 2017, we posted our review of the NetApp A200 all flash array. We really enjoyed the performance and feature set; ultimately it earned one of only five Editor's Choice Awards we gave out in 2017. It was with much excitement then that we obtained the next system from NetApp for review. The A300 was launched in the fall of 2016, and firmly targets the midrange storage customer. This isn't entirely different than the A200's target; the A300 just adds more performance and scalability oomph over its smaller cousin. The A300 of course runs the latest version of ONTAP and supports SSDs up to 30TB and is just as easy as the A200 to set up.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Eaton 5P1550GR-L UPS Review

The Eaton 5P1550GR-L UPS, designed for SMBs, is a high-efficiency 1U Uninterruptable Power Supply that provides 1100W/1550VA of battery backup for up to six outlets. At 1100W, the device can easily protect networking equipment, storage devices, servers, and multiple workstations from succumbing to fatal power issues and going offline which would ultimately result in a huge financial blow to the company. Also, as with every UPS, it provides surge and spike protection.

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