by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Introduces New Networking Solutions And Software

Today Lenovo announced new network offerings targeting the traditional IT data center, as well as private and public cloud environments, two new Lenovo RackSwitchs and Lenovo Flex System SI4091. Lenovo also announced new automated systems management solutions, Lenovo XClarity and Lenovo XClarity Pro.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series Review

Netgear’s ProSAFE Click Switch Series are Gigabit switches that have a special click mount design. The main benefit of these switches is that they can be mounted in non-traditional ways such as under meeting tables, onto walls, or even vertically onto poles. As wires proliferate in this increasingly connected world, Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series gives users the ability to neatly organize and manage the wires.

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by Adam Armstrong

Ethernet Alliance Unveils 2015 Ethernet Roadmap

The Ethernet Alliance has released the 2015 Ethernet Roadmap. The Ethernet Roadmap outlines the current developments and future evolution of the Ethernet through the end of the decade. This is the first time ever the industry roadmap has been made public.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE S3300 Series Smart Switches Review

The ProSAFE S3300 Series is Netgear’s newest generation of Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches that can be stacked with upwards of six switches and 40G bi-directional bandwidth, continuing the company’s focus on adapting solutions that support 10G ports.  This stacking ability allows for the single IP management of multiple units as well as a noticeable improvement in network redundancy and reliability, which allows for a future-proof architecture for network expansion when the time comes. While their portfolio of standalone Smart Switch Series is meant for SMB customers while emphasizing on high performance, the new Netgear switches are designed as an economical alternative for companies looking to move to a 10G-based network, offering the flexibility in 10-Gigabit connectivity with both copper and fiber. The S3300 Series is equipped with two dedicated SFP+ ports, which give businesses the benefit of fiber uplinks without having to forfeit any downlink Gigabit ports. They also enable redundant uplinks and provide users with the ability to build dual redundancy by a trunked uplink with link aggregation and failover redundancy. The other two dedicated ports are two 10GBaseT, which support 10G/1G/100M speeds for redundant uplinks or stacking.

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by Brian Beeler

Avago To Acquire Emulex

Avago Technologies has announced it is acquiring publicly traded Emulex for $8/share, in an all cash transaction topping $606 million. Avago has been busy the last year or so, buying LSI in December 2013 for $6.6 billion, before selling off LSI's storage business to Seagate in May of last year for $450 million. The combination of Emulex's interconnect solutions and Avago's existing storage adapters and fiber optics make for a broad solutions portfolio. Emulex is expected to operate as a business within Avago's enterprise storage segment.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC/Brocade Unveil Industry's first IP Storage Switch

Brocade has announced that it has expanded its relationship with EMC Corporation by creating the industry's first network switch designed for IP storage, the Connectrix VDX-6740B. Brocade has added its VCS Ethernet fabric solutions to EMC's Connectrix family of network switches in order to create the VDX-6740B.

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by Josh Linden

Netgear Announces New ProSAFE Switch Chassis, ProSAFE Wireless Controller, and ReadyNAS 3130

Netgear today announced details about new wireless access management, switching, and storage products which Netgear is positioning to provide scalability for mid-sized organizations. According to Netgear, the company’s ProSAFE M6100 switches, ProSAFE WC9500 wireless controllers, and the ReadyNAS 3130 series of appliances are focused on higher-density environments such as mid-sized business or school and medical campus deployments which expect to scale their infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Gains Market Share In the Third Quarter Of 2014

According to results of Dell’Oro’s quarterly report on Switching Market Share, Cisco has come out as number one in both combined fibre channel + fiber-channel-over-Ethernet (FC + FCoE) revenue and they took the number one spot in FC Modular share. These gains in Cisco’s market share are due primarily to customer acceptance of the MDS product portfolio, ramp up of FCoE-capable products, and the substantial demand for 16G FC.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex and Dynatrace Announce NetPod

Emulex and Dynatrace have announced NetPod, a fully integrated solution that combines Dynatrace’s Data Center (DC RUM) analysis with Emulex’s EndaceProbe Intelligent Network Recorders, delivering high-fidelity network and application transaction-level visibility and long-term packet storage to network teams. Additionally, its hardware-based EndaceProbe INRs boast 100 percent packet capture, nanosecond time stamping, “back-in-time” playback capabilities, and a platform for user experience monitoring. NetPod also allows for the optimization of the performance, scalability, and predictability of all applications situated in the data center such as Citrix, SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and Microsoft Exchange.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Introduces ConnectX-4 Adapter

Today Mellanox Technologies introduced the ConnectX-4 Adapter, a single/dual-port 100Gb/s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) adapter, the final piece to the industry’s first complete end-to-end 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution. The ConnectX-4 will provide high-performance and low latency needs for high-performance computing (HPC), cloud, Web 2.0, and Big Data applications.

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