Archive for July, 2012

Did Apple just Osborne its iPhone Sales?

News recently is that Apple just announced a press event on 12 September 2012 which everyone thinks is going to be the big iPhone 5 launch among other products. I have to believe Apple just Osborned (past tense verb of Osborne ...


Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650 Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon Review 6C/12T 3.2GHz

Today we are looking at the Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650 which is perhaps the sweet spot for LGA 2011 Xeon processors. With 6 cores, 12 threads running at 3.2GHz base and 3.8GHz max 12MB of cache, the Intel Xeon Processor E5-...



New Supermicro Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 LGA2011 MP Motherboards

Supermicro has just released a couple of Quad Xeon E5-4600 based motherboards. These boards are behemoth in size, much like quad AMD Opteron G34 motherboards, for obvious reasons. Packing Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 CPU’s, 3...


Western Digital Earnings Blowout. Oligopoly Benefiting

Western Digital released earnings that absolutely blew out analyst estimates this week. Analysts are expecting Seagate to follow suit next week. This makes a ton of sense. With the Western Digital – Hitachi GST merger and...



Low-cost Mellanox MHEA28-XTC 10gbps Infiniband Performance in Ubuntu 12.04

Building upon last weeks piece regarding how to set up an Infiniband link using a Ubuntu 12.04 machine. That guide utilized two very low cost Mellanox MHEA28-XTC controllers which cost less than $50 each used. Today we are look...


Install Illumian on ESXi 5.0 for All-in-One ZFS Installation

One topic I get a lot of questions about is creating an All-in-One ESXi 5.0 machine with ZFS storage based on Illumian, Nexenta, and Solaris 11 Express all alongside guest operating systems. For those not familiar with the conc...



Solid State Drives Are Now Less Expensive than Hard Drives

I had not thought about this in awhile, but Solid State Drives (SSDs) are now less expensive than their hard drive counterparts. Sure, someone probably just did a bit of research and saw a SanDisk Extreme 240GB is $180 ($0.75/G...


SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD Benchmarks and Review

The SanDisk Extreme 240GB utilizes a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller alongside Toggle NAND to achieve some fairly impressive performance. Inside the SanDisk Extreme is NAND from the Toshiba and SanDisk joint venture which puts...



Western Digital WD Red Performance Preview

The Western Digital WD Red is a hot topic in the NAS community at the moment as the small NAS market now has a drive specifically targeted at the market for the first time. Up until now Western Digital have separated their hard...


How to Set up an Infiniband SRP Target on Ubuntu 12.04

One question asked frequently on this site is how can low-cost Infiniband host channel adapters (HCA) be used to achieve high data transfer speeds between workstations, servers and storage. Unlike standard 10/100/1000/10000 Et...