Mike Leone

ESG Lab Engineer

  • lab reports
    Oct 6, 2014

    Next-generation IBM Storwize V7000 Disk System

    Extending Enterprise-class Services to Midrange Storage

    This report documents the results of ESG Lab hands-on testing of the IBM Storwize V7000 Midrange Disk System. It focuses on the powerful, enterprise-class features and functionality offered by the next-generation hardware platform including Real-time Compression with hardware acceleration, heterogeneous storage virtualization, tiering, capacity-efficient point-in-time snapshots, and unified storage capability.

  • lab reports
    Sep 26, 2014

    ESG Lab Review: StorMagic SvSAN

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of StorMagic SvSAN with a focus on the simple and flexible deployment and management capabilities for distributed organizations with a large number of remote locations. High availability and data integrity were also tested, with a goal of understanding the value StorMagic can provide when compared with traditional storage solutions for distributed environments.

  • video
    Jul 21, 2014

    ESG Lab Video Summary: NetApp OnCommand Insight 7

  • Blogs
    Jul 17, 2014

    A Storage Strategy Built for the Future

    We know the benefits that cloud storage can offer organizations - flexibility, agility, and elasticity more efficiently at lower costs. And that’s really just the start. Once you factor in the potential to address business continuity and productivity concerns with instant backup, archive, and disaster recovery plans, it’s turning into a no brainer.

  • lab reports
    Jul 9, 2014

    Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Series Array

    This ESG Lab review documents the results of independent, hands-on testing of the Microsoft Azure StorSimple solution for hybrid cloud storage using StorSimple 8000 series arrays and Windows Azure Storage. Testing focused on the consolidated management model, integration with leading virtualization layers including Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, and improved data protection functionality using the new Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance service.

  • video
    Jun 5, 2014

    Lab Video Summary: Vectra Networks -Advanced Persistent Threat Detection

  • Blogs
    Jun 4, 2014

    Managing Diverse IT Environments with NetApp OnCommand Insight 7

    I’m a huge proponent of HTML 5 – it’s sleek, responsive, and meant for the modern, mobile world. It’s not surprising that more and more consumer-based websites have made the transition, especially with the explosion in mobile device usage in the recent years. The one area where I would love to see more adoption though is in IT, specifically around infrastructure management.

  • video
    Jun 3, 2014

    Lab Video Summary: SGI Modular InfiniteStorage Servers with Scality RING Organic Storage

  • video
    Jun 3, 2014

    Lab Video Summary: The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  • lab reports
    Jun 3, 2014

    NetApp OnCommand Insight 7

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of NetApp OnCommand Insight 7 with a focus on how using advanced analytics can help organizations easily manage and monitor a growing, heterogeneous data center.

  • lab reports
    May 22, 2014

    The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

    Predictable Database Performance Scalability in Consolidated Virtualized Environments

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server. Testing was designed to confirm the performance scalability, improved consolidation levels, and manageability that can be achieved when leveraging the server in virtualized, mission-critical database environments with Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

  • lab reports
    May 8, 2014

    Fusion ioVDI and VMware Horizon View

    Reference Architecture for VDI

    This document outlines a tested reference architecture for ioVDI with VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization for organizations of all sizes. Included in this document are results of scalability, performance, and manageability tests that were validated by the ESG Lab.

  • Blogs
    May 5, 2014

    Well Hello There End-to-end Flash

    So what do we know about flash? It used to be really expensive. It had limited implementation options in IT environments. Oh, let’s not forget the screaming performance you can expect when it’s implemented correctly. 

  • Blogs
    Apr 22, 2014

    The Marriage of Violin and Microsoft

    Violin has their all-flash storage array. Microsoft has their latest OS, Windows Server 2012 R2, loaded with storage features like Storage Spaces, SMB, and SMB Direct. It’s quite natural for the two to come together, right? RIGHT! In a recent announcement, the two companies have teamed up to jointly develop a new solution called the Windows Flash Array, which combines the best of both worlds: Violin storage hardware and Microsoft storage software.

  • Blogs
    Apr 16, 2014

    Quick Wrap-up of Big Data TechCon

    I’ve been fortunate in my role as an ESG Lab Analyst in that I’ve been able to be hands-on with a mix of companies that range from new, emerging startups to mature, proven companies. Specifically in the “Big Data” space, the exposure to the new products and technology has been just enough that I really want to wrap my head around everything there is to know. My ultimate goal at a high-level is to provide clarity where it’s needed - clarity in a cloudy (pun intended), confusing big data ecosystem. What do I need to fix my problem? Who does what? How do they do it? And the big question for me right now: Who really does what they say they do?

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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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