Mike Leone

ESG Lab Engineer

  • lab reports
    Nov 19, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: Limelight Orchestrate Storage

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of Limelight Storage with a focus on validating the performance and automation advantages of intelligent cloud-based storage fully integrated with a content delivery network.

  • lab reports
    Oct 30, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: Independent Audit and Overview of Condusiv’s V-locity I/O Reduction Software on 3,450 Virtual Servers in Production Environments

    ESG Lab audited data that was collected from 3,450 systems running in production environments that evaluated V-locity I/O reduction software at over 100 sites and measured the achieved performance benefits from virtual servers to storage. The results published in this ESG Lab report shine a light on the I/O inefficiency problems commonly experienced in virtual environments and how V-locity I/O optimization software can help solve them.

  • Blogs
    Sep 17, 2015

    Targeting the Best of Both Worlds with Next-generation SQL Databases

    Conventional relational databases and recently-developed NoSQL databases have led some enterprises to an impasse. They want to scale the systems that are handling their data. However, an RDBMS used to guarantee transaction integrity is difficult to expand. NoSQL systems, although scalable, typically do not offer full transaction integrity via the ACID properties discussed in earlier posts. The latest solution in the SQL/NoSQL saga—next-generation SQL databases—may have the answer.

  • Blogs
    Sep 10, 2015

    NoSQL - The Great Escape from SQL and Normalization

    For the last decade or so, data and data structures have been moving at the speed of the web. They change rapidly to keep pace with end-users and markets that are in constant flux. The data model is volatile and will continue to be as more and more unstructured data (images, videos, social media content, online purchase histories, and more) is generated. The solution of the pre-Internet era, meaning the RDBMS, can’t keep up.

  • lab reports
    Sep 4, 2015

    Consolidating Workloads with VMware and Pure Storage

    Tested Workloads: Desktop Virtualization using Horizon View and Server Virtualization for E-mail and Databases

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of the Pure Storage FlashArray//m storage system. The goal of the report is to prove that tier-1 application workloads such as desktop virtualization, databases, and e-mail can be run on a shared, consolidated storage array without compromising service levels, while delivering consistent sub-millisecond response times. A 5,000-user enterprise was simulated to validate this premise, running on a single all-flash storage array. In addition, failure scenarios were introduced to test resiliency.

  • Blogs
    Sep 3, 2015

    Why Won’t the RDBMS Go Away?

    The relational database management system was a breakthrough when it first appeared about 40 years ago. A relational database puts power into a user’s hands. Few assumptions are needed about how data is related or how it is to be extracted. Data can then be viewed in a variety of ways, each one illustrating different connections or correlations. This power, history, and a little user inertia have led to the RDBMS being implanted and used in practically every sector of business today.

  • lab reports
    Aug 27, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: Simplified Deployment and Management, High Efficiency, and Performance Scalability with the Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance Powered by Nutanix

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance powered by Nutanix. Testing focused on ease of deployment and management, storage optimization and efficiency, and the ability to scale performance linearly in real-world, mission-critical database environments, while offering lower levels of TCO and higher levels of support on an industry-proven hardware platform from Dell.

  • Blogs
    Aug 27, 2015

    Today’s Database Landscape at a 50,000 Foot Level

    We all know the drill—data is exploding in size, but it’s not just the volume of data that is wreaking havoc on organizations. It’s how quickly it’s growing, how many different forms it can take, and how it’s constantly changing. And that’s just scratching the surface. How can the potential of data truly be harnessed? The database technologies for organizing the data that we generate and manipulate continue to morph and multiply.

  • video
    Aug 5, 2015

    ESG Lab Video Summary: NexGen Storage: Delivering QoS with VMware vSphere 6 VVols

    ESG Lab Analyst Mike Leone discusses ESG's recent hands-on testing of the NexGen Storage N5 Hybrid Flash Arrays —with a focus on how the vendor delivers predictable and prioritized performance in virtualized environments. 

  • lab reports
    Aug 4, 2015

    HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual

    Rapidly Deploying an Easy-to-Manage, Reliable Virtualized Infrastructure

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual hyper-converged appliance. The report highlights the ability of the CS 200-HC StoreVirtual to meet the workload, budgeting, and mobility needs of the business. Special attention will be paid to ease of deployment, manageability, efficiency, high availability, recoverability, and scalability.

  • lab reports
    Jun 3, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: NexGen Storage

    Delivering Quality of Service with VMware vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes

    This ESG Lab review documents testing of NexGen Storage N5 Hybrid Flash Arrays with a focus on how the vendor’s QoS technology can deliver predictable and prioritized performance in ever-growing, virtualized environments. NexGen’s integration with VMware Virtual Volumes was also previewed to understand how combining quality of service with storage-aware VMs allows organizations to manage virtualized environments on a per-VM basis.

  • lab reports
    May 15, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: End-to-end Big Data Discovery with Platfora

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Platfora Big Data Discovery Platform. Testing focused on the simplicity, flexibility, efficiency, and feasibility of deploying Platfora’s modern Hadoop-based big data discovery platform to empower all big data analytics personnel to gain more valuable insights faster.

  • video
    Mar 25, 2015

    ESG Lab Video Summary: Dell Foglight for Active Directory

    ESG Lab Analyst Mike Leone reviews the results from a recently completed ESG Lab Validation of Dell Foglight for Active Directory.

  • lab reports
    Mar 17, 2015

    ESG Lab Brief: Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4

    ESG Lab validated the next-generation performance and cost benefits of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance by auditing the latest results from Oracle’s SPC-2 testing.

  • lab reports
    Mar 17, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: Performance and Scalability with the Juniper SRX5400

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Juniper SRX5400 with a focus on the performance and scalability benefits of the next-generation I/O card (IOC-II) with the new Express Path capability.

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ESG Lab Engineer Mike Leone conducts independent, hands-on lab validations and analyses of emerging IT hardware and software products. Prior to joining ESG, Mike worked for more than five years as a performance engineer in the unified storage division of EMC Corporation, focusing on characterizing and analyzing new-product performance.

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