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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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces New Data Center Switches & Software

Along with all the Gen 6 Fibre Channel announcements this morning, Cisco is also making some networking announcements around new data center switches and software. Cisco’s new switches and software help customers future proof their data centers in a cost–effective way. The new announcements feature the new Nexus 3000, 9200, 9300EX, and 9500 series. These new switches will help customers excel their transition to digitization, container-based applications, and micro-services.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Release New Family Of Emulex Gen 6 Fibre Channel HBAs

Today Broadcom Limited announced its latest family of family of Emulex Gen 6 Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs). This new family of HBAs is designed to address the growing enterprise data storage requirements of flash storage arrays, virtualized and cloud datacenters. Broadcom was recently acquired by Avago for $17 billion in cash though the company kept the name Broadcom. And this time last year Avago also acquired Emulex.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic Introduces New Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

Today, at Mobile World Congress, QLogic Inc. introduces its new line of Ethernet controllers, the QLogic FastLinQ 45000 Series. This new series will enable 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100Gb Ethernet (100GbE)-based network connectivity on a single high-performance ASIC. QLogic states that their new FastLinQ 45000 Series is both highly flexible and extensible and are specifically designed to address the issues of telco, enterprise, managed service provider (MSP), cloud and storage markets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates Its MDS Storage Network Portfolio

Today Cisco announced a few new Fiber Channel (FC) solutions for its MDS line. These new announcements include the MDS 9718, which Cisco is calling the industry’s highest port density Storage Area Networking Multi-layer Storage Director. Cisco is also announcing the new 40 Gigabit FCoE Line Card for Cisco MDS Storage Directors, Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Data Center Switch and Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extender, and the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect 6300 Series and Fabric Extender 2304.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell SonicWALL TZ500 Firewall Review

The Dell SonicWALL TZ is an affordable, yet high-performing, line of enterprise-level firewalls designed for small and medium-sized businesses, remote and branch offices, and retail point-of-sale locations. SonicWALL TZ series offer these use cases an abundance of protection features as well as advanced security services that leverage on-box and cloud-based anti-malware, antispyware, intrusion prevention system, and URL filtering. Dell’s new line of firewalls are also specced to handle encrypted attacks as it is equipped with the processing punch needed to inspect encrypted SSL connections against the most recent threats. 

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