by Josh Linden

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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by Lyle Smith

QLogic FlexSuite 2600 Series Adapters Now Available

QLogic has announced its next-generation line of FlexSuite 2600 Series adapters, which are now available through authorized QLogic channel partners. QLogic FlexSuite "dual-personality" adapters can easily fit into current installations as a 16GB Fibre Channel adapter and will provide end-user field upgradeability to a 10GBE-based converged network adapter (CNA) in the future.

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by Lyle Smith

Mellanox SwitchX-2 Introduced, The World’s Fastest SDN Switch

Mellanox Technologies, provider of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has announced SwitchX-2, the next generation of their switch silicon optimized for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Mellanox’s new SwitchX-2 is equipped with advanced capabilities of remote configurable routing tables, lossless and congestion free networks, efficient control planes, and SDNoptimized software interfaces. Additionally, it gives IT managers the ability to program and centralize their server and storage interconnect management and to significantly reduce operational expenses by completely virtualizing their data center network. According to IDC, the broader SDN/OpenFlow market is predicted to reach $2 billion by 2016, and a substantial portion of this growth will be in network infrastructure.

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by Josh Linden

HP SDN Solution Integrates Infrastructure, Controller, and Application Layers

HP today announced a complete, open standards-based solution for software-defined networks (SDN) that incorporates infrastructure, control software, and application layers with a single control plane. As computing environments scale beyond the limits of manual configuration, HP’s new Virtual Application Networks SDN solution is designed to abstract hardware resources and provide administrators with tools for programming and automating the deployment of applications and services.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex Announces Performance Optimized 16GFC HBAs With PCIe 3.0 Support

Emulex Corporation has announced the availability of its second generation of LightPulse 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). The LPe16000B series of 16GFC HBAs are the only adapters available on the market that support PCI Express 3.0 in order to comply with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor-based server platforms. Emulex’s 16GFC HBAs boast an industry-leading 1.2 million IOPS on a single port, six times faster than its competitors, and come equipped with BlockGuard data integrity offload for enhanced data protection.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox SX6036 56Gb InfiniBand Switch Review

The Mellanox SX6036 is the second Mellanox managed switch to join the rack in the StorgeReview Enterprise Lab. The SX6036 is designed for top-of-rack leaf connectivity, building clusters, and carrying converged LAN and SAN traffic. The integrated InfiniBand Subnet Manager can support an InfiniBand fabric of up to 648 nodes. While we've found 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE to be compelling interconnects in the lab, there are times when you just need a little more power to ensure that storage is the throughput and latency bottleneck, not the network fabric. To this end we are leveraging the InfiniBand switch and related gear on high end storage arrays and situations where there's not just a need for speed, speed is a requirement for doing business.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox SX1036 10/40Gb Ethernet Switch Review

The Mellanox SX1036 is a 1U managed Ethernet switch that provides up to 2.88Tb/s of non-blocking throughput via 36 40Gb/s QSFP ports that can be broken out to achieve up to 64 10Gb/s ports or offer a mixture of 40Gb/s and 10Gb/s connectivity. As a backbone to the StorageReview Enterprise Lab networking infrastructure, the SX1036 switch provides the connectivity required to test the latest Ethernet-based high-speed network storage appliances. On the compute side, we’re pairing the SX1036 with Mellanox’s dual-port 10GbE and 40GbE ConnectX-3 EN PCIe 3.0 Ethernet adapters and connecting with Mellanox QSFP and SFP+ cables, giving our lab a complete end-to-end Mellanox interconnect solution.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox Announces InfiniBand, Ethernet, and Virtual SAN Solutions for VMware

Mellanox has announced the availability of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) drivers for its end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40GbE solutions over VMware ESXi 5.1, delivering a sustainable bandwidth rate of up to 48Gb/s of bandwidth to storage per VM and less than 2us for VM-to-VM interconnect latency. Mellanox has also shown new tests that indicate a sustained throughput of more than 37Gb/s using servers equipped with Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs connected by SwitchX 40GbE switches and Mellanox QSFP cables. Mellanox’s 40GbE solutions are designed to maximize the number of Virtual Machines (VMs) that can be sustained on each server.

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