by Adam Armstrong

QLogic Enables 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Across Fujitsu Enterprise Product Portfolio

Today QLogic announced that its 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are now shipping in Fujitsu PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers. The collaboration allows Fujitsu customers to deploy end-to-end Gen 5 SANs in combination with ETERNUS Gen 5 Fibre Channel disk storage systems. This collaboration is the latest with QLogic that is aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and Brocade was aimed at increasing performance and simplifying management.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic and Brocade Collaborate to Advance Fibre Channel SAN Fabric Connectivity

QLogic Corp. has announced a new set of industry-leading features for their 16Gb Gen5 Fibre Channel adapters. These new features mark the first co-development effort between QLogic and Brocade, two of the leading in Fibre Channel SAN fabrics.

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by Josh Linden

QLogic at VeeamON 2014

QLogic develops SAN technologies to improve enterprise server and network performance in virtualized, converged, and cloud environments. QLogic offers adapters, switches, and ASICs, and serves as Veeam’s only certified fabric partner. Our latest Gen 5 HBAs can be matched with Veeam’s data protection software in order to provide backup and recovery for data center VMs, guest OS files, and applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LPe16202 Dual-Port CFA Review

The Emulex LPe16202 dual-port Converged Fabric Adapter (CFA) is based on the same hardware as the LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) cards we reviewed in December of last year, with the addition of supporting Ethernet as well as FC modes. The LPe160202 provides the flexibility to run Gen 5 (16Gb), Advanced-8 (8Gb) Fibre Channel, or 10GbE Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity with one adapter. The new Gen 5 Fibre adapters (as well as the LPe16004 quad-port Gen 5 (16GFC) FC HBA and LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5 (8GFC) HBA) can be used as either host initiators or storage targets in order to achieve superior latency. Additionally, with its claimed reliability and maximized I/O performance and bandwidth, it has the ability to fully realize the power of virtualization, private cloud, and emerging flash cache solutions in servers, arrays, and appliances.

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by Josh Linden

Cisco Announces Three Additions to MDS 16Gbps Fibre Channel Storage Networking Portfolio

Cisco today announced three new products that will to join its 16G Fibre Channel SAN lineup: the MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch, MDS 9706 Director, and a new MDS 9700 multi-protocol FCoE module. These solutions can each be managed via Cisco’s NX-OS operating system which is used for the company’s Nexus Ethernet data center networking lineup, MDS storage networking solutions, and UCS compute servers.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-NT Review

The OneConnect OCe11102-NT is a high performance, dual-port 10GbE network adapter and a member of the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) family; this 10GbE card was most recently used in our NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 review. OCe11102-NT adapters are designed to support protocol offloads for TCP/IP and TCP Chimney Offload, allowing for maximum bandwidth all the while using minimum CPU resources. In addition, OneConnect protocol offloads to facilitate more virtual machines per server in virtualized server deployments, in which OneConnect claims that this will result in efficiency and optimized return on investment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS is a 52-port gigabit stackable Smart Switch designed specifically to work with the ever-growing adaptation of 10-gigabit servers. Its predecessor, the GS752TS, is no stranger in the StorageReview labs. We have used the first-gen NETGEAR Smart Switch in many of our NAS reviews due to its reliability and consistent performance. In this review, we will be focusing on its successor, the GS752TXS, NETGEAR’s 2nd Generation Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch that focuses on scalability, reliability, and performance for growing small- and medium-sized businesses looking for an affordable and easy-to-manage Smart Switch solution.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox Announces Switch-IB 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox today announced its forthcoming Switch-IB, slated to be the first 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution available on the market. The Switch-IB represents the 7th generation of Mellanox’s InfiniBand offerings and will incorporate 36 ports rated at 100Gb/s each for a total 7.2Tb/s of rated throughput. It incorporates 144 SerDes modules that operate between 1Gb/s and 25Gb/s per lane and can deliver 5.4 billion packets per second.

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by Lyle Smith

QLogic Controllers Chosen For HP's New FlexFabric Solution

QLogic has announced that it was selected for HP’s latest Virtual Connect FlexFabric Solution as a key enabler of the industry’s first 20Gb Ethernet connectivity. QLogic NetXtreme II Ethernet controllers are used with HP’s latest Virtual Connect FlexFabric adapters, which deliver the industry’s highest performing Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and iSCSI connectivity available.  This announcement marks the first new product and technology since QLogic’s recently acquired Broadcom Ethernet assets. QLogic Fibre Channel switching technology is embedded in HP’s latest Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules, which also support FCoE and iSCSI traffic. This combination of QLogic technologies in the HP FlexFabric architecture makes way for a high-performance, 20Gb Ethernet fabric, making it ideal for data center convergence and virtualization. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Atto FastFrame NT12 Review

The Atto FastFrame NT12 is a dual port 10GBASE-T network adapter built on industry standard Intel silicon that offers faster speeds than 8Gbs Fibre Channel while being wire structured familiar for networking professionals. The NT12 provides improved iSCSI service with Lossless Ethernet (CEE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) support. The Atto FastFrame NT12 uses the Intel (X540 chipset) silicon to give it broad support for Windows and Linux servers The NT12 is especially geared for high performance I/O connectivity for Mac OS X environments, offering Xtend SAN (an iSCSI initiator for OSX). This makes the NT12 great for creative ventures that use exclusively Macs for their business, such as a graphic design firm, a recording studio, or video editing. Not only is the NT12 great for Macs, it is also backward compatible to Gig-E allowing for stage-upgrades. Additionally, the NT12 uses about 30% less power than competing NICs, which allows for lower energy and maintenance costs. 

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