by Josh Shaman

OCZ and Mellanox Announce Collaboration

OCZ and Mellanox are announcing their collaboration using Mellanox's ConnectX-3 EN 40 GbE network interface card (NIC) with OCZ's ZD-XL SQL Accelerator to replicate database volumes in a Microsoft SQL Server environment. This integration provides high-end PCIe flash storage performance and high availability (HA) of data with Ethernet connectivity. In order to attain these results, a Microsoft SQL Server environment containing two servers (each using the Mellanox EN NIC and OCZ SQL Accelerator) are connected using Microsoft SQL Server Always-On. Replicating the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator data using the Mellanox NIC to the secondary server maintains HA.

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by Josh Shaman

Mellanox Announces SX1012 Ethernet Switch

Mellanox is announcing their SwitchX-2 based SX1012 Ethernet switch which delivers 12 ports of 40GbE for small-scale, high performance computing. The SX1012 also has the industry's smallest footprint with two SX1012 models fitting into 1U of a standard rack. Each of the 12 ports can be configured to deliver as much as 56GbE line rate to increase the performance of the switch. Additionally, the ports can each be split into four standalone 10GbE interfaces. The SX1012 is based on Mellanox’s VPI technology and can run the full capabilities of MLNX-OS. This enables the switch to operate in mutual Ethernet and InfiniBand environments to meet a variety of applications.

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by Josh Shaman

HP Announces Software-Defined Network Fabric for Cloud

HP announced its data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture that delivers 2X greater scalability and 75% less complexity over current network fabrics while drastically reducing network provisioning time. While some exisiting network fabrics require manual device configurations and limited bandwith, HP's new series of software-defined network (SDN) data center switches provide users with advanced automation and scalability for more bandwith. This new series which includes the HP FlexFabric 12900, the first OpenFlow-enabled core switch that can handle virtualized workloads, supports enterprise-level cloud, big data and virtualization.

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by Josh Shaman

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-3 Pro Adapter Cards

Mellanox is announcing its ConnectX-3 Pro 10/40 gigabit Ethernet adapter cards with hardware offload engines that are the first interconnect cards to support overlay networks found in cloud environments including VXLAN and NVGRE. ConnectX-3 Pro cards enable cloud providers to build much larger-scale infrastructures without having to rely overly much on CPU overhead. This is made possible since the overlay technologies are implemented within the interconnect hardware itself. Being the first cards to support overlay networks, the Mellanox ConnextX-3 Pro offers the unique positioning of scaling applications and essentially unlimited tenants.

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by Mark Kidd

Netgear Announces Three 10GbE ProSafe SMB Switches

Netgear has announced three new 10 Gigabit switch solutions for small and medium business networks with fewer than 500 users. 10 Gigabit network connectivity is still unusual for SMB due to the expense of 10 Gigabit-capable equipment and a lack of solutions designed for smaller deployments. Each of Netgear's new solutions utilizes 10GBASE-T Copper and ranges in cost from $125 per port to $250 per port. 

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by Doug Crowthers

Netgear ProSafe WNDAP660 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point Review

The Netgear ProSafe WNDAP660 is the company's premiere dual-band wireless-N access point router from its business-line of networking products. The access point offers 802.11n (3x3) connection, with throughput up to 450 Mbps, along with dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless throughput. For business users it also offers a set of robust security features include WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection, 802.1x with RADIUS support, Advanced Security with Wireless Intrusion Detection (WIDS) and Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIPS) support.

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by Mark Kidd

IBTA Releases New InfiniBand 1.3 Architecture Specification

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) today announced Release 1.3 of its InfiniBand Architecture Specification Volume 2, introducing data transfer speeds of 56Gb/s and 168Gb/s as well as enhancements to device, switch, and cable interoperability. InfiniBand is a low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnect solution with low processing overhead that facilitates carrying clustering, communications, storage, management traffic over a single connection.

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by Mark Kidd

NETGEAR ProSafe Plus JGS524E 24-Port Ethernet Switch Review

ProSafe Plus is Netgear’s family of SMB switches that provide some advanced Layer 2 network functionality such as VLAN and per-port QoS, with a streamlined management interface for situations where full-blown managed switches are not necessary or practical to administrate. The ProSafe Plus JGS524E provides 24 ports with up to 2,000 Mbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port in a compact rack-mountable chassis.

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by Lyle Smith

Mellanox 12-port Switch System, MetroX Series of Long Distance InfiniBand Switch Solutions, and Connect IB World Record Announced

Mellanox Technologies, supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has added to its line of end-to-end FDR 56GB/s InfiniBand interconnect solutions by announcing its new 12-port non-blocking fixed switches. These new switches are part of the Mellanox SX6000 series of FDR 56GB/s InfiniBand switches, all of which have seamless fabric management capabilities to help ensure the highest fabric performance. Mellanox FDR 56GB/s InfiniBand adapters and switches are the most efficient interconnect solutions for users wanting to connect data center servers and storage by delivering high throughput, low latency, and world leading applications performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex OneCore Storage Software Development Kit Announced

Emulex Corporation has announced the OneCore Storage software development kit (SDK), a new solution for independent hardware vendors (IHVs), independent software vendors (ISVs), and system integrators developing storage, flash/SSD, and application and networking appliance solutions that require low latency and high performance I/O connectivity. The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK contains a collection of high performance initiator and target driver source code, documentation, training and support. This gives IHVs/ISVs the ability to leverage the Emulex Engine (XE) 201 converged fabric controller technology, which is capable of 8GB and 16GB Fibre Channel (8GFC and 16GFC) and 10GB Ethernet (10GBE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI I/O connectivity, within their own storage networking solutions.

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