by Lyle Smith

HP Announces Cloud-Managed, SDN-Enabled Unified Wired and Wireless Networking Solutions

HP has announced new cloud-managed software-defined networking (SDN) enabled unified wired and wireless network solutions which helps customers to increase the agility of their network all the while simplifying its management. These new HP solutions are specifically designed to support mobility initiatives for all types of businesses by providing improved mobile end-user experiences at triple the speed. Additionally, HP’s unified wired and wireless network products are combined with SDN, which provide new business opportunities and thus enabling IT professionals to draw business value from the network.

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by Josh Linden

QLogic 8300 Series Converged Network Adapter Review

QLogic’s 8300 series is the company’s fourth generation of converged network adapters, offering 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel  connectivity via single- and dual-port models with support for SFP+ direct attach copper cables and SR (short reach) optical transceivers. Administrators can utilize QLogic’s I/OFlex technology to convert 8300 series adapters between a 10Gb converged Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel in the field. The 8300 series is able to offer CPU-offload capabilities for FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP traffic across a 10Gb Ethernet connection combined with the consistent, predictable performance and security of multi-port isolation which ensures that workload or error issues on one port do not affect the operation of the other port.

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by Lyle Smith

QLogic QOE2562 8Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter Announced

QLogic has announced the industry’s first Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA), the QLogic QOE2562 8Gb, specifically designed for use in Open Compute Project (OCP) servers. The QOE2562 8Gb Fibre Channel mezzanine HBA is capable of optimal security, maximum performance, and enterprise-class reliability and manageability to OCP data centers. The OCP was founded by Facebook in 2011, which is an initiative designed to increase technology efficiencies (e.g. reducing energy consumption) all the while reducing the environmental footprint of data centers. 

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by Josh Linden

Emulex OneConnect OCe1400 Virtual Network Adapters Announced

Emulex today announced its OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Virtual Network Adapters based on the company’s new Emulex Engine 100 controller. OCe14000 adapters are engineered for multi-tenant cloud environments, highly virtualized and converged infrastructures, and I/O intensive applications. Emulex Engine 100 controllers power Emulex’s Virtual Network Exceleration offload technology (VNeX) with concurrent stateless TCP offload support.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Netgear ProSAFE XS712T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The Netgear ProSAFE XS712T is a 10GBase-T Smart Switch purposely designed for SMB environments. Featuring 12 10-GBase-T copper ports and 2 shared SPF+ ports for 10G fiber links, Netgear ProSAFE XS712T is designed for businesses to cost-effectively grow 10GbE support in their rack for a reasonable price. Now small businesses can expand their networks with to include faster 10GBase-T devices that drive lower latency and lower power consumption without breaking the bank while tying into existing infrastructure components.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Brocade 6510 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Switch Review

The Brocade 6510 switch features up to 48 ports of Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with specifications suitable for hyper-scale, private cloud, virtualized, and other high-bandwidth Fibre Channel environments. With an aggregate 768Gb/s throughput and an 18-inch deep 1U footprint, the 6510 supports 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel across 24, 36, or 48 ports of connectivity and with a feature set that can be extended via add-on licenses for a wide variety of usage scenarios. The Brocade 6510 represents best-of-class Fibre Channel SAN switching, which is an important asset to the StorageReview Enterprise Storage Lab in order to ensure that network components do not bottleneck storage devices during SAN benchmarks.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces OpenManage Updates and New Network Solutions for Campuses

Dell has announced updates for its OpenManage platform alongside a new generation of network solutions purpose-built for campus environments. New campus network solutions include wireless access points specified at 1.3Gbs via the 802.11ac standard as well as a lineup of streamlined enterprise networking switches. New Dell OpenManage capabilities also reduce system configuration time by allowing administrators to configure a baseline device and automatically replicating server settings to additional servers.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LightPulse Gen5 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Review

The Emulex LightPulse LPe16002B is a Gen 5 fibre channel PCIe 3.0 Host Bus Adapter with an emphasis on high IOPS performance, response time, and wattage efficiency. Gen 5 16GFC fibre channel aims to eliminate throughput bottlenecks in an effort to support businesses with a greater need for steady, fast application performance, while also remaining reliable and simple and manage. With a great balance of speed, cost-effectiveness, scalability, compatibility, and environmentally-friendly standards (and support for Gen 5 16GFC/8GFC/4GFC devices), the LPe16002B is a solid addition to Emulex's line of widely-used HBAs, particularly for enterprise environments that have a need for great amounts of virtualization and large, business-critical applications.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox Announces OpenStack InfiniBand and Ethernet Interconnect Solutions

Mellanox today announced that it will be the first certified end-to-end interconnect vendor for OpenStack’s forthcoming Havana distribution. Mellanox 10/40GbE and FDR 56Gb/s adapters and switches can be matched with OpenStack Cinder block storage, OpenStack Neutron networking, and OpenStack Nova compute components in order to support cloud services vendors. Mellanox will also be the first interconnect adapter vendor listed on Red Hat’s Certified Solution Marketplace for Red Hat’s OpenStack-based Linux distributions.

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by Bill Valle

Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel Flash Services Enable QoS for SLAs

Emulex has long been a leader in the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) for SANs market, and have announced Gen 5 Fibre Channel Flash Services will be available for upgrade at no additional charge with the purchase of the Gen 5 HBA hardware. Both server and fabric based flash arrays are employed to enhance the quality of service (QoS) and I/O performance in the storage infrastructure via priority based queuing and in-band message passing from new features ExpressLane and CrossLink, respectively.

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