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Enterprise-grade Backup for SMBs – WD Arkeia DA2300 Backup Appliance Part 2

This is part two of Storage Switzerland’s test drive of WD’s DA2300 Backup Appliance that features the WD Arkeia backup software. In part one we went through the set up and configuration steps, getting backup clients connected to the system

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Enterprise-grade Backup for SMBs – WD Arkeia DA2300 Backup Appliance

The DA2300 is a purpose-built backup appliance from Western Digital that runs the Arkeia backup software package on a capable quad-core, four-drive desktop chassis that WD originally developed for their small business server. While it offers enterprise-level features that meet

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Designing Highly Scalable Storage for Dense Virtual Machine Environments

We will discuss the testing methodology and scalability results for 4 & 8 node clustered Hitachi NAS Platform 4000 systems yielding 15,000 VMs in real-world enterprise environments. The test establishes linear performance scalability as nodes are added to the cluster,

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A One-box Upgrade for Small Business IT part 3 – Exploring Windows Storage Spaces

The WD Sentinel DS5100/6100 is a compact file server system from disk drive manufacturer Western Digital (WD), designed for the Small- to Medium-sized Business (SMB). The DS5100/6100 comes with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials and has the upgraded hardware

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A One-box Upgrade for Small Business IT – Part 2

The DS5100/6100 is a compact, network attached storage (NAS) system from Western Digital (WD), one of the two primary disk drive manufacturers in the world today. Although designed for the small- to medium-sized business, it features Windows Storage Server 2012

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A One-Box Upgrade for Small Business IT

Watch our On Demand Webinar “Three Reasons why an SMB’s First Server should be more than a NAS” and get an exclusive white paper. The DS6100 is a compact file server system from Western Digital (WD), one of the two

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Akitio Neutrino Thunder Duo Test Drive

It seems like it took forever but thunderbolt enclosures are finally coming to market. One of the first ones we have had a chance to get our hands on is the Akitio Neutrino Thunder Duo. This dual drive unit allows

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2 Million IOPS – It Takes A Flash Village

Storage Switzerland was recently commissioned by Brocade, Dell, Emulex and Violin Memory to audit a lab test in which we were able to design an environment that delivered over 2 million IOPS. As we went through the testing process I

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Feature Rich NAS for the SMB

One of the first, if not the first server that a growing business will get is a network attached storage server. As we discussed in our recent article “SMB NAS Requirements”, these systems should be able to provide several important

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OCZ SSD Keeps Shining

This is going to be one of those blog entries where “no news” is “the news.” Storage Switzerland started testing the OCZ Deneva 2 MLC based solid state disk (SSD) drives backup on July 25th and it has been working

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