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Short Review: Infortrend EonNAS Pro 200

Infortrend have been producing storage products since 1993.  In this post we will look at one of their desktop SOHO products, the 2-drive EonNAS Pro 200, which I’ve recently had on short review for a couple of weeks. Hardware The box itself is a smart, matt-black unit, with minimal buttons and external lights.  It feels solid to the touch without ... Read More »

Solid State Arrays: SolidFire

One of the attendees at TFD#8 was SolidFire Inc, another startup company focusing on selling entirely solid-state disk arrays.  As you’d expect, they have their own niche and part of the market they are targeting with their all-flash drive product.  So how do they compare to the competition and what’s their “unique selling point” compared to the likes of Violin ... Read More »

Solid State Arrays: Pure Storage Inc

A clear focus of the recent Tech Field Day #8 event was the use of flash storage (or SSDs) for storage arrays or within hybrid solutions.  Pure Storage offers an all flash storage array, which they say can be delivered at the same cost or less than traditional solutions.  It’s a big claim, bearing in mind the cost per GB ... Read More »

Comparing iSCSI Targets – Microsoft, StarWind, iSCSI Cake and Kernsafe – Part I

This week, Microsoft released their iSCSI Target software for general availability.  Previously this had only been available for installations with Windows Storage Server via OEMs.  Now anyone with Windows 2008 R2 can install and use the software without restrictions.  However, there are already a number of other iSCSI target software offerings already on the market, most notably from StarWind, iSCSI ... Read More »

Review: Compellent Storage Center – Part II

This is a series of posts reviewing the Compellent Storage Center SAN Array.  Previous Posts: Review: Compellent Storage Center – Part I In this post we’ll discuss the logical configuration, connectivity and protocols available on the Compellent Storage Center array, including the way disks are grouped and LUNs are created from the underlying storage. Where’s My LUN? The first thing ... Read More »

Review: Compellent Storage Center – Part I

This is a series of posts reviewing the Compellent Storage Center Storage Array. Compellent Inc, founded in 2002, produces the Storage Center product, a SAN storage array build around commodity hardware.  In addition to providing advanced features found on newer storage arrays (such as thin provisioning), the Compellent device has one unique (for now) feature that sets it apart from ... Read More »