by Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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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by Mark Kidd

Dot Hill Introduces Ninth-Generation RAID Storage Architecture

Dot Hill has announced details about its new RAID storage architecture and storage controller platform, known by the codename Gallium, which will be introduced across the company’s entry level and midrange offerings this quarter. The new architecture supports 12 Gb SAS connectivity as well as converged implementations that leverage 16 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb iSCSI, or a combination of both. According to Dot Hill, implementations of the new architecture can achieve sustained throughput from 4 GB/s to 12 GB/s depending on configuration. 

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by Bill Valle

Virtual Instruments VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe Announced

The Virtual Instruments ProbeFC8-HD48 is the industry’s first 48-port, real-time 8G line rate monitoring solution for Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks, which significantly improves the monitoring capabilities of SANs with improved efficiency and reduced cost. With 6 times the density of the original ProbeFC8-HD48 and using 75% less rack space, this probe will lower the cost of each monitored link by 50%. With this new level of efficiency, IT administrators can now monitor a larger amount of applications more cost effectively.

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by Bill Valle

Emulex EndaceFlow Netflow Generator Appliance Announced

Emulex is releasing a data capture appliance entitled EndaceFlow 3040 that will be capable of providing depth of information regarding the management of application and network performance. These products are designed to assist network and application infrastructure administrators in four categories: prevention of issues/anomalies, detection/alerting, response, and determination of root cause. All of the 4 appliances in this family are compatible with many of today’s common monitoring and management tools such as Lancope, Splunk, SevOne, and Compuware.

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