by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Brocade 6510 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Switch Review

The Brocade 6510 switch features up to 48 ports of Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with specifications suitable for hyper-scale, private cloud, virtualized, and other high-bandwidth Fibre Channel environments. With an aggregate 768Gb/s throughput and an 18-inch deep 1U footprint, the 6510 supports 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel across 24, 36, or 48 ports of connectivity and with a feature set that can be extended via add-on licenses for a wide variety of usage scenarios. The Brocade 6510 represents best-of-class Fibre Channel SAN switching, which is an important asset to the StorageReview Enterprise Storage Lab in order to ensure that network components do not bottleneck storage devices during SAN benchmarks.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell Announces OpenManage Updates and New Network Solutions for Campuses

Dell has announced updates for its OpenManage platform alongside a new generation of network solutions purpose-built for campus environments. New campus network solutions include wireless access points specified at 1.3Gbs via the 802.11ac standard as well as a lineup of streamlined enterprise networking switches. New Dell OpenManage capabilities also reduce system configuration time by allowing administrators to configure a baseline device and automatically replicating server settings to additional servers.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LightPulse Gen5 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Review

The Emulex LightPulse LPe16002B is a Gen 5 fibre channel PCIe 3.0 Host Bus Adapter with an emphasis on high IOPS performance, response time, and wattage efficiency. Gen 5 16GFC fibre channel aims to eliminate throughput bottlenecks in an effort to support businesses with a greater need for steady, fast application performance, while also remaining reliable and simple and manage. With a great balance of speed, cost-effectiveness, scalability, compatibility, and environmentally-friendly standards (and support for Gen 5 16GFC/8GFC/4GFC devices), the LPe16002B is a solid addition to Emulex's line of widely-used HBAs, particularly for enterprise environments that have a need for great amounts of virtualization and large, business-critical applications.

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by Mark Kidd

Mellanox Announces OpenStack InfiniBand and Ethernet Interconnect Solutions

Mellanox today announced that it will be the first certified end-to-end interconnect vendor for OpenStack’s forthcoming Havana distribution. Mellanox 10/40GbE and FDR 56Gb/s adapters and switches can be matched with OpenStack Cinder block storage, OpenStack Neutron networking, and OpenStack Nova compute components in order to support cloud services vendors. Mellanox will also be the first interconnect adapter vendor listed on Red Hat’s Certified Solution Marketplace for Red Hat’s OpenStack-based Linux distributions.

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by Bill Valle

Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel Flash Services Enable QoS for SLAs

Emulex has long been a leader in the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) for SANs market, and have announced Gen 5 Fibre Channel Flash Services will be available for upgrade at no additional charge with the purchase of the Gen 5 HBA hardware. Both server and fabric based flash arrays are employed to enhance the quality of service (QoS) and I/O performance in the storage infrastructure via priority based queuing and in-band message passing from new features ExpressLane and CrossLink, respectively.

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by Mark Kidd

Dot Hill Introduces Ninth-Generation RAID Storage Architecture

Dot Hill has announced details about its new RAID storage architecture and storage controller platform, known by the codename Gallium, which will be introduced across the company’s entry level and midrange offerings this quarter. The new architecture supports 12 Gb SAS connectivity as well as converged implementations that leverage 16 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb iSCSI, or a combination of both. According to Dot Hill, implementations of the new architecture can achieve sustained throughput from 4 GB/s to 12 GB/s depending on configuration. 

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by Bill Valle

Virtual Instruments VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe Announced

The Virtual Instruments ProbeFC8-HD48 is the industry’s first 48-port, real-time 8G line rate monitoring solution for Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks, which significantly improves the monitoring capabilities of SANs with improved efficiency and reduced cost. With 6 times the density of the original ProbeFC8-HD48 and using 75% less rack space, this probe will lower the cost of each monitored link by 50%. With this new level of efficiency, IT administrators can now monitor a larger amount of applications more cost effectively.

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by Bill Valle

Emulex EndaceFlow Netflow Generator Appliance Announced

Emulex is releasing a data capture appliance entitled EndaceFlow 3040 that will be capable of providing depth of information regarding the management of application and network performance. These products are designed to assist network and application infrastructure administrators in four categories: prevention of issues/anomalies, detection/alerting, response, and determination of root cause. All of the 4 appliances in this family are compatible with many of today’s common monitoring and management tools such as Lancope, Splunk, SevOne, and Compuware.

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by Mark Kidd

Enterprise Test Lab Networking Overview

Storage Area Networks (SANs) leverage bus-style network architectures to accelerate and decentralize access to enterprise storage. Accelerating storage access therefore encompasses accelerating SAN performance as well as the storage media itself, making it critical to equip the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab with a variety of interconnect options across the three key network protocol families: Ethernet, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel. These interconnect options provide the means to perform comprehensive benchmarking based on conditions comparable to what SAN administrators actually experience in the field.

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by Brian Beeler

Mellanox 40GbE with vSphere 5.5 Support Everywhere at VMworld 2013

Mellanox has long been synonymous with high-speed interconnects, but this year's VMworld has taken the company to a new level of visibility in the storage community. First off, the ConnextX-3 40GbE driver has been successfully integrated into VMware vSphere 5.5 which makes it easier to deploy 40GbE in virtualized environments. While 10GbE is slowly finding its way into enterprise storage arrays, Mellanox is showing that 40GbE is a worthwhile jump from standard Ethernet as vendors consider what's next for interconnect. Mellanox is showing a sustainable throughput rate of more than 37Gb/s using servers equipped with Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs connected by SwitchX 40GbE switches and the company’s high performance QSFP+ cables. Several other vendors are showcasing storage solutions around the Mellanox gear as well including Micron, OCZ and LSI.

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