Enterprise Reviews
by Tom Fenton

IGEL Workspace on an Intel NUC

After having a chance to work with and review WYSE Converter, which converts a PC running Windows 7 or 10 into a VDI clients, we thought we would see what it takes (and if it makes sense) to create a VDI client using VDI client software that comes with its own operation system (OS), rather than having to rely on a PC that already has an OS, such as  Windows already installed on it. We will be using the same low-priced small form factor computer for this review that we used for WYSE Converter, but we will be using IGEL VDI client software which comes with its own OS and install it on a bare metal system. This review, like our review on WYSE Converter, 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 StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Diamanti D10 Container Appliance Review

We first became acquainted with Diamanti two years ago at KubeCon 2017, and we were impressed with their vision: to provide a bare-metal container platform purpose-built for microservices and cloud-native environments, and optimized for Kubernetes or, basically, a hyperconverged infrastructure appliance for Kubernetes. We saw this as an interesting play and last year at KubeCon 2018 we started to talk to them about working with us to understand storage on Kubernetes and how Kubernetes storage can be tested, and quantified in a methodical fashion so we can start to test and document Kubernetes storage performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 Review

The Lenovo 4U ThinkSystem SR950 is a built for the most resource-intensive and mission-critical workloads. This massive iron is considered one of the company’s flagship servers, focusing heavily on continuous operation and “always-on” reliability coupled with several levels of resiliency to protect data. This enterprise-class server is designed for those that need four or more processors, a ton of memory, and a range of I/O connections. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC iDRAC 9 and Lifecycle Controller Review

In the past, we had reviewed some of the based management controller (BMC) solutions from major server manufacturers, including HPE iLO 5 and Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC). These embedded server management technologies allow a system administrator to monitor and manage servers and other network-attached equipment by remote control regardless of whether the machine is powered on or whether an operating system is installed or functional. Each of these solutions has similar functionality to the others, and each has been improved over the years to add new functions and capabilities. In this review, we take a close look at the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, on the current version 9, which is included in generation 14 of PowerEdge servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

DataCore HCI-Flex Appliance Review

In July, DataCore announced DataCore ONE, the company’s vision for the software-defined storage (SDS) industry. As part of the launch, DataCore released a new turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliance. The HCI-Flex appliance merges the flexibility of hyperconverged with the flexibility of SDS into a single appliance that comes pre-installed with either VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as DataCore’s advanced data services including smart caching, thin provisioning, dynamic-auto-tiering, and Parallel I/O acceleration.

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by Juan Mulford

Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Review

The Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) is part of the System Management tools of Lenovo. The company refers to this family of software tools as “foundation software for data centers who put a premium on it efficiency and precision execution.” These software tools and applications aim to help systems administrators standardize, simplify, and automate foundation infrastructure processes. Among this family of software, the XClarity Controller is a powerful management tool for deploying agile IT methodologies and speed up infrastructure delivery.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Server Review

The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one-socket 1U rack profile server is highlighted by its 2nd-gen AMD EPYC 7000 Series processor, which significantly increases performance compared to the previous generation AMD EYPC CPU. It has been a while since we reviewed a server from the ProLiant line (the last being the DL360), so we were eager to get our hands on this thing and see what it can do. As such, HPE has put a huge focus on intelligent automation, security and optimization for its newest iteration of the power-driven server line, adding more cores and faster memory bandwidth. The DL325 also server offers up to 8 SFF, 10 SFF, and 4 LFF drive configurations and 3 PCIe 3.0 slots for further expansion.

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by Juan Mulford

HPE iLO 5 Review

Managing servers in the data center and anywhere in the world can be a complicated mission if you don’t have the proper tools and solutions. Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) is one of the out-of-band (OOB) methods for managing servers and networking equipment. iLO is an embedded technology that ships in HPE ProLiant servers and provides multiple ways to configure, monitor, and update HPE servers from a remote location. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Review

StarWind offers a line of Microsoft Windows based HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) designed to meet the needs of SMBs and other use cases that are generally budget constrained. Their portfolio includes 20 unique solutions which fall into three broad model lines the HCA All-Flash, HCA Hybrid, and HCA Disk. The All-Flash is designed for small and mid-size SMB virtualized environments and this configuration provides the best performance. The Hybrid models are built to deliver high storage capacity and great performance without having to go all-flash. Additionally, the Hybrid models utilize automated storage tiering to handle performance-intensive workloads in a cost-efficient manner. This platform offers a balance between performance and cost. The Disk models are built to provide high storage capacity and moderate compute power for capacity-hungry applications. This is a high capacity option with the best cost per GB value. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NetApp AFA EF600 Review

Last month NetApp announced its latest midrange all-flash array with the EF600. While the EF600 is aimed at the same market as the EF570, it is not a replacement. While the EF570 does support NVMe, the EF600 is end-to-end NVMe, which brings new levels of flexibility and performance not previously seen in the midrange. Aside from the performance and price to performance ratio, the EF600 offers a level of future proofing that will be able to hit the demands of tomorrow without the need for forklift upgrades. 

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