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  1. We're about to do another Nexenta review, it's been a while since we looked at them. As to the others: Starwind - don't really know them Datacore - we have tried many times for them to work with us on a review but they refuse vSAN - we've done a lot here and will do more MSFT - they are insanely difficult to work with. We likely will not have content here unless it's in conjunction with a partner of theirs. We're reviewing their Azure Cloud Pack through a partner now and we can't even get a Microsoft product person to take a call with us.
  2. VMware sees this new class of Optane SSDs as a vehicle to help increase vSAN's utility when it comes to big data analytics, business critical apps and VDI (amongst others). In these environments though the cache is much more active than the use case above, so it remains to be seen just what the P4800X can do when under a diverse load. The potential is promising though, considering the P4800X is just a drop in card with nothing new required at the node or vSAN level. For its part, VMware has done well to show their customers that new technology can be easily included in their HCI stack. VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane
  3. As stated above, the JumpDrive Tough is a USB 3.1 drive that Lexar states can see transfer speeds up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write. An example of what this means in real life would be the ability to transfer a 3GB HD video clip in under a minute. The JumpDrive Tough is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, works on both Macs and PCs, comes with a 3-year warranty, and (like all Lexar products) underwent extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,200 digital devices. Lexar Releases Durable JumpDrive Tough
  4. Don't send the poor guy running for the hills Mitch. I've long not understood why MSFT hasn't done more to either deliver for facilitate HCI for Hyper-V. I think they view Azure Stack as that solution, though I think small orgs will find that difficult or too expensive to adopt.
  5. The P4800X is being shipped now in directed availability and is expected to be generally available in the second half of this year. MSRP for the current 375GB SSD is $1520, though pricing will depend a good deal based on volume. Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Enterprise SSD Launched
  6. Thanks for pointing that out, fixed the numbers. Still a far cry from 1000X endurance though
  7. From a hardware perspective, as we said the 4360X is a 4U unit with 60 bays supporting both SAS and SATA drives. The unit has three built-in SAS interfaces that can connect to either three ReadyNAS EDA2000 12-bay or EDA4000 24-bay expansion chassis, brining a total capacity of 1.32PB. For performance, the 4360X has an Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 Quad Core 3.3GHz Processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution
  8. This little guy was easily our favorite system we saw all year. I think you'll enjoy what it brings.
  9. We weren't impacted by the EULA, just their "business practices." That said, Nutanix offers a great platform if you don't want to be on VMware. Outside of that use case, there are better options. With that kind of budget you have a lot of options. The A200 that Kevin is loving is more compelling than we expected. Dell EMC has choices, we're also about to start playing with Nexenta's latest offering which should have a better cost profile if that's of utmost importance. But really, the A200 has all the platform maturity you could ask for and the DR services you want. Once you get new storage in, you could contemplate upgrading your server nodes. As Kevin says though, I'd not rely on MSFT for storage these days. Lastly, I shared this link with Veeam. We have good friends there and I'm sure they'd like the opportunity to address your issues.
  10. Kevin has it on his desk, it's very quiet and he's super anal about such things. That said, this is a very personal issue. I'm pretty impressed by it as well.
  11. I know you and Kevin have traded emails, but VMmark is about to get much easier. Take a deep breath and come back in a few weeks
  12. Your needs really aren't all that complex, I assume the 3PAR is a disk array given its vintage. Almost anything with flash will serve your needs. I wonder if the host servers get better if you have better storage too, that RAM footprint is impressive. Anyway, you have a lot of choice. Can you tell us any more about your budget and technical needs?
  13. I'm trying to decide if you mean this as a good thing or bad thing. Anyway...we've tried 100 times to get IBM to send us something, but they haven't been interested in participating. We do have all flash FAS coming this week though!
  14. The performance is really not good at all for the price. Shame. We don't run ccsiobench as a matter of course, but I think we still have the drive and can try it out to assuage your curiosity.
  15. Nutanix isn't very close with us any longer, thus it's hard for us to answer. If you want to start a new thread though with your needs and what you're looking to accomplish, I'm sure you'd get quite a bit of good feedback.
  16. AFS is available to all Nutanix platforms using a seamless software upgrade, adding that it can be installed and managed from their one-click management solution, Nutanix Prism. AFS is built with a focus on both high availability and scalability and without the issue of performance/capacity bottlenecks. It also leverages all benefits inherent of a Distributed File System (DFS) including intelligent tiering, deduplication, compression, erasure coding and native data protection. Nutanix Announces Acropolis File Services (AFS) Web-scale Native File Serving Solution
  17. I don't know why it wouldn't work. We don't know a lot about their qualification process but there's not a good reason why it shouldn't play nice there.
  18. They'd much rather you buy the hybrid drive as a PS4 replacement.
  19. When we had more time, we reviewed most of their gear. Always found them to be very nice quality. Never really needed support, but they're responsive via email.
  20. Hope so, we should get these in for review.
  21. What's sad about DSSD though is it delivered on all of its promises. The zone was clearly to narrow for a volume business, but man, we're going to miss it. It's too bad they didn't get VMware support done. DSSD would make a nice primary array for our lab
  22. Between the two I'd go with what's cheapest Really though, they're quite similar mechanically. The NAS drives have more hours on them globally, may be a better choice from a reliability standpoint.
  23. Recovery in this case will be very expensive, think hundreds of dollars not tens. This is why backups are important.
  24. Heh...good feedback. Will let you know how it goes.