Enterprise Reviews
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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by Tom Fenton

ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub Client Review

The ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub, based on the Raspberry Pi 3, is a low-priced thin client designed to deliver virtual desktops and applications to end-users. The SC-T25 is advertised to support Citrix’s HDX remote display protocol and is certified as Citrix Ready. Its ultra-small form factor minimizes the space it takes up on a desk and can even be mounted on the back of a monitor using an optional VESA mount. The client has a single HDMI port, 4 USB connectors and built-in Bluetooth.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Eaton 5PX1000RT UPS Review

Time is money, and for businesses experiencing downtime due to electrical outages, the money lost can be astronomical. Power management and protection is paramount for small businesses and enterprises alike. StorageReview is no exception. We depend on a UPS that offers comprehensive management and power protection for the testing we do in our lab, including all servers and connected hardware, and also for accurate data testing results. The Eaton 5PX1000RT UPS is just one among many UPS products we rely on to keep our lab up and running.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Review

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 is a 2U server that offers a lot of flexibility under the hood that can lead to massive performance for demanding applications. Announced earlier this year, the S850 is set to go leaps and bounds over previous Lenovo servers with 233% more cores with the addition of up to four Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs, 400% more memory, and 76% faster performance. The SR850 is built for general business use cases, but with all of that performance, it can also handle the most demanding database, virtualization and artificial intelligence workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-332X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-332X is the second model of the company's multifaceted 3-bay NAS family, featuring three M.2 SSD slots and support for RAID5. Like all QNAP consumer devices, the TS-332X seems simple on the outside. However, the new NAS comes equipped with a comprehensive range of useful features. This includes SSD Caching, Auto Tiering, a 10GbE SFP+ port and three M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, all of which help to make this an integrable device for new businesses and SMB environments looking for a NAS solution.

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by Lyle Smith

In The Lab: Netstor NP631N M.2 NVMe to PCIe Host Adapter

The Netstor NP631N is a PCIe 3.0 m.2 adapter that brings m.2 SSD compatibility to just about every desktop and server, and does so while delivering up to 32Gbps in performance via any PCIe x4, x8, and x16 slot. M.2 adapter cards are a great way for users to get the speedy NVMe performance if they don`t have a modern motherboard with a built-in M.2 slot. They're also handy for those looking to install more than one M.2 drive, as most new consumer-grade motherboards only have one or two slots available. In the enterprise space, M.2 adapters bring cost-effective boot-drive alternatives to servers without taking a front-mount slot and offer higher performance than other alternatives.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) Review

NVMe SSDs are taking over the data center, quickly cementing themselves as the go-to technology for mission critical applications. The NVMe interface lets flash run free, getting past legacy bottlenecks of SATA and SAS interfaces. Removing the flash floodgates though introduces new architectural challenges that aren't easily solved with traditional HBA/RAID card server layouts. Intel has addressed this problem with a simplified solution for managing NVMe SSDs in servers. Virtual RAID on CPU, or Intel VROC for short, essentially allows the SSDs to have direct access to the CPUs, removing the need for an HBA entirely. This greatly simplifies both the data path and the components required to get the most out of NVMe SSDs in servers. In addition to enterprise-grade RAID, Intel VROC includes the expected serviceability the enterprise demands including pre-boot RAID management, hot plug support and LED management.

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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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