We could remove VROC and run with software RAID and compare results, which of course we did not do for this review. There is a little overhead for VROC but it's not severe from what we can tell. Maybe some day we can dive into this further.
Unified forums thread for Kevin's "In The Lab" series where he documents how we test, issues small data centers face and other musings from inside the bowels of the StorageReview lab.
In the Lab: Bulk SSD Secure Erasing
In the Lab: On-Site Testing Toolkit
In the Lab: Mellanox SX1024 Switch Configuration
In the Lab: Smart Cooling
In the Lab: Studio Photography of Large Equipment
In the Lab: Netgear Ethernet Networking Infrastructure
In the Lab: Giving Client SSDs an Edge in Enterprise
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In the Lab: Dell UltraSharp 32" 4K Monitor
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In the Lab: Upgrading the Netstor TurboBox to Thunderbolt 2
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In The Lab: Xitron XT2640 Precision Multi-Channel Power Analyzer
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In the Lab: Eaton BladeUPS Power System Upgrade
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In the Lab: Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC Upgrade (Dell EMC PowerEdge R730)
In the Lab: SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall Upgrade
In the Lab: Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch (S3148P)
In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN
In the Lab: Upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.7U1 for Dark Theme
Buying any drive in quantity of 1 will either be fine or not. I'd really not worry too much, the reliability these days has become much better. I'd honestly go on price for bulk storage. NAS drives work find for that, even though the manufacturers would prefer you not use them in a PC. People here and elsewhere have been doing it since day 1.
This is funny, Kevin and I were literally just discussing this. Seagate has a drive health function that shows wear. In a NAS, should be pretty even. But they warranty the Ironwolf drives on writes now. Regular is 180TB a year and Pro is 300TB I think. So, no don't worry about individual platters, etc. but heavy users may need to be cognizant about HDD wear in more general terms.
The bigger question is who's going to use it. There's definitely room for more players to get serious about SSDs, but with Samsung, Intel, Toshiba, etc. dominating, it's hard to see a lot of room left for the smaller brands to play. It's just too expensive if you can't be buying in volume.
AWS Storage Gateway has been available through both the AWS Management Console and as a VM for some time. Amazon is now offering this proven service as a physical hardware appliance as well for the US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and US West (Northern California) AWS regions. The hardware appliance can be set up in only a few minutes; a major convenience that might make Storage Gateway easier to use for teams that have a hard time finding the resources to set it up previously.
Amazon Offers Rack Server Preloaded with AWS Storage Gateway
We only have the 660p at the moment. Reworking the test plan too, industry pushback on the 5% test area. They want to see some 1% tests that are more gentle on the cache and perhaps more indicative of light consumer workloads.
The problem is the vendors get grumpy with us when we start looking at that as they're not really supported and most consumer drives will do poorly in enterprise workloads. The cost delta between high end consumer and cheap SATA enterprise has also closed.
Who knows...Seagate and WD for that matter really need to put together a coherent flash strategy. But with very good options especially in the end user space, unless these drives are cheap, there's really no reason to even consider them.