Networking Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Switch Series Review

The Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Series is a series of switches that can be housed in a single 4U chassis (3U for switches, 1U for redundant power supplies). The Chassis M6100 Series delivers L2/L3/L4 and IPv4/IPv6 rich services (no license required) and 1G/10G mixed infrastructures in server rooms. The M6100 is aimed at campuses SMBs that want to deploy from core to edge, but don’t want to exhaust their IT budget in the process. The Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Series is a high performing, highly resilient, fully redundant, and “future proof” switch series. The entire feature set including datacenter (DCBX, PFC, ETS, FIP Snooping) and advanced IPv6 L3 routing (OSPF, PBR, BGP) is available without license.

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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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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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