Enterprise Reviews
by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC Unisphere Review (Unity XT)

Among the significant challenges faced by storage administrators are the fast-paced evolution of technologies and the operation of the ever-growing storage environments. With these challenges, managing storage systems becomes more complex, and sometimes, even substantial training is required. Administrators are required to make quick provisioning decisions, generate reports, and ensure the health of all systems in the environment. Therefore, they need a simple, intuitive, and customizable cross-platform tool for managing storage environments. To address these concerns, Dell EMC Unisphere provides simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility; all of which are critical requirements for optimal storage management. Unisphere, specially designed for the Dell EMC Unity Family, serves the needs of storage administrators by providing advanced features and optimized performance for enterprise data.

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by Juan Mulford

How To: Expand a VMware vSAN Cluster with a New Host

Last week we started a new configuration in our lab using a 3-nodes vSAN cluster. You can check the introduction of this configuration here, and for more details, take a look and explore the video (and more to come) in our revitalized YouTube channel

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How it Works: Disaster Recovery as a Service With Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services and Faction

As every business grows, information and data grow as well. With this abundance of data (now considered a primary and permanent asset), an unforeseen disaster could potentially bring the organization to a break, causing significant operational and financial damage due to downtime. As a result, every organization should have an exhaustive disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) solution in place. While there are a variety of mechanisms to architect a DR strategy, they are often cumbersome, expensive and potentially unreliable. Dell Technologies has partnered with Faction to offer Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services, which provides disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering designed to address these legacy DR concerns.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab Video: How to Safely Ship Hard Drives with Foam

Sneakernet isn't talked about as much these days, but it is still the fastest way to move data between two points. This is the term for physically moving a device or appliance from point A to point B. Shipping a hard drive might be needed for multiple reasons, either seeding backup data or sending a freshly shucked hard drive to someone. Getting it to its destination in one piece though is where some skill comes in, or money depending on how you want to approach it. In this quick How To video we cover how to ship a hard drive safely, on a budget, using common household spray foam from a home improvement store.

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by Tom Fenton

Formulus Black Deep Dive

In the datacenter, there is a never-ending race between processors and storage. Over the past decade, processors have increased the number of cores they contain from one or two to 8, 16, 32 or even 64. Storage technologies over this time have dramatically decreased their latency and increased data throughput. However, the reality is that far too many CPU cycles are being wasted waiting for data residing on PCIe devices or on network storage. We are reaching an inflection point with the emergence of a new type of storage hardware: Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM resides on the memory channel, which is not hampered by latency and data bandwidth limitations of peripheral storage. Being on the memory channel places SCM far closer to the CPU, meaning it has more concurrent "swim lanes" for shuttling data to modern CPUs. This significantly increases the speed at which data can be accessed by the processor.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD Review

Looking for a solid-state drive for your NAS system? The WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD is purpose-built for NAS with Western Digital 3D NAND. Offering endurance needed for 24/7 environments, reduced latency improving responsiveness for demanding applications, 2.5” and M.2 form factors, and capacities from 500GB up to 4TB. This drive is ideal for home and medium to large NAS environments with best use cases including OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing, and virtualization. 

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by Juan Mulford

NetApp ONTAP 9.7 Review

A couple of months ago, NetApp announced an update to its data management software, ONTAP, with version 9.7. ONTAP includes many enhancements, where NetApp put the focus on FabricPool (auto cloud tiering of cold data), new SAN offerings, new scale-out capabilities, data protection, and security. Also, beginning with this new version, ONTAP presents a redesigned ONTAP System Manager, simplifying ONTAP management with an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). ONTAP 9.7 was announced on October 29, and it's been available to download from mid-November of 2019.

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by Tom Fenton

Atrust s101C Server Review

The system in this review is an Atrust s101C which is a moderately-priced, mini-server form factor server.  The s101C has an Intel Xeon E3-1268L v3 processor, integrated on-board RAID, has Intel AMT for out of bound management, supports up to 32GB of RAM, and two 2.5” SATA drives. It has multiple ports for USB and video and audio connectivity. It also supports various versions of Windows, Linux, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and Userful Multiplatform.

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by Alex Schuchter

SK hynix PE6011 Enterprise SSD Review

We last discussed SK hynix back in August as we looked into the history of the company and overviewed their Enterprise SSD solutions. Today we are reviewing and looking at the performance of the SK hynix Enterprise SSD the PE6011. The PE6011 features a U.2 7mm form factor, 3D TLC NAND, PCIe NVMe interface, and capacities up to 7.68 TB. It is ideal for read-intensive workloads and light write usage. What's unique about this product is that from conceptualization to manufacturing everything is done in-house by SK hynix. This product is aimed at those looking for an economical PCIe solution for the datacenter environment. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston DC450R SSD Review (3.84TB)

Released a couple of months ago, the Kingston DC450R is an enterprise SATA SSD created for the data center. The R at the end of the name is indicative of the focus of the drive, in this case, read-centric. Specifically, the DC450R is designed with strict QoS requirements, to ensure performance consistency over a wide range of read intensive and read caching workloads. The Kingston DC450R SSD is ideal for Content Delivery Networks (CDN), edge computing applications, as well as various SDS architectures. 

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