Vinny Choinski

Senior Lab Analyst

  • video
    Mar 10, 2014

    Lab Video Summary: Virident | HGST FlashMAX Connect

  • lab reports
    Jan 23, 2014

    Virident | HGST FlashMAX Connect

    Agile Server-side Flash Performance for Enterprise Applications

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents remote hands-on testing of the Virident | FlashMAX Connect Software Suite, with a focus on the performance advantage the solution provides and the ability to deploy the suite in a distributed storage/application environment.

  • lab reports
    Dec 2, 2013

    Hadapt Adaptive Analytical Platform for Big Data

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Hadapt Adaptive Analytical Platform for Big Data. The paper details how the Hadapt solution integrates into the Hadoop ecosystem and enables customers to analyze all their structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data in a single flexible platform.

  • lab reports
    Oct 17, 2013

    Lab Spotlight: DataStream 1000 from Coho Data

    Featuring Intel 910 Series PCIe SSDs

    This spotlight provides a brief overview of the recently announced DataStream 1000 based on a half day of remote ESG Lab analysis and testing via the Coho Data Sunnyvale, CA corporate facilities.

  • lab reports
    Oct 7, 2013

    Dell Integrated Data Protection: DR4100 with NetVault

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Dell DR4100 disk-backup appliance with Dell NetVault Backup software. The paper details the end-user and business benefits that are realized when leveraging this combined solution, including the ease of use, performance, and capacity savings.

  • lab reports
    Sep 30, 2013

    Avere FXT with FlashMove and FlashMirror

    Seamless Data Management Features with AOS 3.0 

    This ESG Lab validation report documents hands-on testing of the Avere FXT Series Edge Filer with the AOS 3.0 operating environment. The report focuses on the Global Namespace and the FlashMove and FlashMirror capabilities.

  • lab reports
    Sep 26, 2013

    Field Audit: Cisco Unified Fabric Technology

    Multi-protocol Networking

    ESG recently completed interviews with several customers using Cisco networking solutions. This ESG Field Audit documents their successes in deploying Cisco Unified Fabric and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solutions.

  • lab reports
    Sep 26, 2013

    Symantec NetBackup 7.6 for VMware

    Robust Data Protection Solutions for VMware Environments

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents remote testing of Symantec NetBackup 7.6, with a focus on new integration with VMware. Chapters are included on fast and efficient data protection, backup-managed storage snapshots, and integrated vCenter management.

  • lab reports
    Aug 13, 2013

    MozyEnterprise: Secure, Efficient Cloud-based Backup

    This ESG Lab Validation documents hands-on testing of the MozyEnterprise cloud backup solution, with a focus on ease of installation and use, security and trust, and efficiency.

  • lab reports
    Jul 25, 2013

    Dell PowerVault DL4000 Appliance

    Backup & Recovery Powered by AppAssure

    This report documents the results of ESG Lab’s hands on testing of the Dell PowerVault DL4000 Backup and Recovery appliance powered by Dell AppAssure software. This Lab Validation focuses on the ease of management, fast, reliable operations, and efficiency benefits of the DL4000.

  • video
    Jul 2, 2013

    Lab Video Summary: IBM SVC with Real-time Compression

  • lab reports
    Jun 13, 2013

    IBM SVC with Real-time Compression

    Efficient , Reliable, and Easy-to-use Storage Virtualization

    This ESG Lab Validation is an update to a 2008 report on IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and includes new testing to highlight the efficiency of IBM Real-time Compression (RTC) and ease of management with the new graphical user interface (GUI). Additional topics include performance, agility, and high availability.

  • lab reports
    May 21, 2013

    HDS HCP Anywhere: Easy, Secure, On-Premises File Sharing

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere solution with a focus on ease of use, security, and efficient deployment.

  • lab reports
    May 9, 2013

    ExaGrid with Veeam: Virtual Machine Backup without Compromise

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the ExaGrid backup appliance using Veeam Backup & Replication software, and demonstrates the ability to execute Veeam Instant VM Recovery alongside ExaGrid’s capacity- and cost-saving deduplication.

  • Blogs
    May 2, 2013

    The Value Of A Reference Architecture

    So you’re going to fix all your company’s virtualization woes with your new architecture. You’re going to be the IT hero. The parts for the new solution show up on your loading dock and you start putting the pieces together, only to find out that the NIC cards you ordered don’t support a required protocol. Or worse yet, the expensive network gear you already ordered is missing a critical feature your users depend on. You persevere, scaling back your design, and exchanging components. It never seems to be an even exchange, but at least you are still within budget.

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Senior Lab Analyst Vinny Choinski provides independent, hands-on validation and analysis of emerging storage hardware and software products. Vinny came to ESG in 2010, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in data storage design and management, including developing an end-user-tailored delivery methodology for data protection, virtualization, and storage architecture solutions. Prior to joining ESG, Vinny spent a decade working at Daymark Solutions as its director of technology and Glasshouse Technologies as director of consulting services, focused on service delivery methodology and delivery team development.

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