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 Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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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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 Mark Kidd

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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