by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces New Security Services & Integrated Cloud-Based Solutions

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Cisco announced new services and cloud-based security solutions built with Cisco’s threat-centric security architecture. Cisco claims that these new additions will make its security portfolio an effective approach for companies securing their digital business models in a automated and simple manner. Cisco goes on to claim that its architectural approach (from the network to the endpoint to the cloud) is able to detect more threats and help customers correct issues in less than 17 hours – much faster than the industry standard of 100 days.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Prepares Industry For Digital-Ready Networks

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Cisco announced its plans to help all aspects of the industry (including engineers, developers, partners and customers) prepare for and embrace what it sees as a monumental change in how networks are built and managed, or, in Cisco’s words, preparing the industry for the transition to digital-ready networks. Cisco is also announcing new technology for ROBO to strengthen its security.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T is touted as the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch that is purpose-built for SMBs. Equipped with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features, the new XS728T provides 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost making it ideal for organizations such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities. Netgear also indicates that it can be leveraged at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation/access switch in larger organizations. This includes a workgroup access by connecting it to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (such as the M6100) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch Review

Netgear switches are well-known for their value, performance, and reliability and are the frontrunners in their industry. We’ve reviewed many Netgear switches over the past several years, such as the Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Switch Series and Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series, and some play a vital role in the StorageReview lab when testing and reviewing enterprise products. Today, we will be looking at a unique switch targeting the Wave 2 11ac deployments; the ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch. This switch has been built from the ground up in with a compact footprint for ease of deployment no matter the location. The M4200 switch can be used as a 10G aggregation switch for 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and NBASE-T endpoints at the WiFi edge of midsize organizations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Announces Next Gen 100G InfiniBand & Ethernet Smart Interconnect Adapter

This week Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced what it is calling the most advanced 10, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet intelligent adapter on the market, ConnectX-5. ConnectX-5 introduces several new features that that are aimed at enabling higher performance, future-proofing, and ROI. ConnectX-5 introduces smart offloading engines as well as being the first PCI Express 3.0 and 4.0 compatible adapter.

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by Adam Armstrong

Brocade Gen 6 FC Optimize EMC Unity Performance

Today at EMC World 2016, Brocade announced that its Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP storage networking technologies would be providing a network foundation for the EMC Unity solution. According to Brocade, this technology will optimize the performance, availability, and reliability of Unity storage deployments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell SonicWALL Aims To Secure Remote Workforce

Today Dell Security announced updates to its SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) operating system (OS), Dell SonicWALL SMA 11.4. These updates provide remote end-user working with mobile devices with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources. With the latest update businesses will be able to provision secure mobile access to all devices for any file anywhere. And the SonicWALL SMA 11.4 helps ensure security compliance in highly regulated industries.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Releases SonicOS 6.2.5

Today Dell Security announced the release of the latest OS for its SonicWALL line of firewalls, SonicOS 6.2.5. This latest update is centered around making management easier while enhancing security. The update extends security to Dell switches, wireless access points and firewalls while also advancing capabilities associated with inspecting encrypted traffic. SonicOS 6.2.5 meets the strict certification requirements of the US Department of Defense.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plexxi to Announce Industry’s1st Programmable Network Fabric for CI and Storage

Today Plexxi is introducing a new suite of product integrations through its Plexxi Connect Open Integration Platform. These new integrations are what Plexxi is claiming, the industry’s first workload-responsive, programmable network fabric for converged infrastructure (CI) and storage environments. Plexxi’s new software enables enterprises that build clouds to do so in new ways with building blocks to enable the build-out of agile and dynamic converged infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Makes More Announcements At OCP Summit

Today at the Open Compute Project Summit Facebook made several announcements, from its new NVMe JBOF to its renewed focus on front-end server performance. Facebook is opening up its designs for its modular switch platform, 6-pack, and its next-generation TOR switch, Wedge 100. These two networking solutions are an important step for Facebook as it aims to support 100G connectivity throughout its data centers. They are also announcing that their OpenBMC software will now support storage.

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