Networking Reviews
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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Netgear ProSafe GS724T Switch Review

The Netgear ProSafe GS724T Switch features twenty-four copper 10/100/1000 ports and two SFP 100/1000 ports and is designed for small businesses utilizing the switch for applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, and network security. The 24 ports copper ports use standard RJ45 Ethernet connections and auto-negotiate for transfers, while the SFP ports can support large data transfers and other mission-critical requirements. Designed with built-in web management, the GS724T offers businesses a cost-effective switching solution priced below $10/port.

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Netgear ProSecure UTM150 Review

The Netgear ProSecure UTM150 firewall supports 80,000 concurrent connections and throughput at 980Mb/s thanks in part by utilizing 2GB of flash memory and 1GB RAM. The UTM150 also includes Gigabit WAN and LAN ports - four of each for connectivity to the rest of the fabric. The UTM150 and the other firewalls in the series are designed for growing businesses and include enterprise-grade security features including anti-virus, anti-spam, Web filtering and intrusion prevention to keep organizations email, applications, Web and networks safe from threats. Providing these features, the ProSecure UTM series firewalls enable administrators access to control and view their networks.

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HP 2530-24G Switch Review (J9773A)

The HP 2530-24G Switch features 24 RJ-45 auto-sensing ports and 4 SFP ports and includes full Layer 2 functionality, optional power over Ethernet (PoE+) and a host of management configurations to ensure best practices are met. Designed for small to midsize organizations, the HP 2530 series switches not only provide the 24 RJ-45 ports to maximize ROI for existing infrastructures and to keep expenses at a minimum, but they also feature SFP (small form-factor pluggable) ports for fiber connectivity. The 24 RJ-45 ports also add value and minimize wiring with optional PoE+ capability that enables the ports to power devices using Ethernet cables.

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Netgear M7100 Switch Review (XSM7224)

The Netgear M7100 is a fully managed switch that features twenty-four 10GBase-T ports and 4 SFP+ ports and is designed for virtualization and aggregating 10GbE access layer switches. The 24 ports of 10GBase-T use the standard RJ45 Ethernet connection and support Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10GbE speeds with auto-negotiation for speeds. The SFP+ ports on the other hand extend support further to 1G/10G fiber uplinks and other DAC connections. The M7100 also features an option to purchase an additional power supply for a highly available solution via two PSUs. The M7100's street price produces a figure close to about $175/port.

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by Kevin OBrien

Netgear ProSafe Plus XS708E 10GbE Switch Review

The Netgear ProSafe Plus XS708E 10GbE switch is part of a new family of ProSafe switches that are designed for SMBs to address the concerns of both enormous network traffic growth and the increasing performance capabilities of networked storage. Most storage arrays are sold with 10GbE these days either standard or as a reasonably priced option and 10GbE is likewise gaining traction in the server market. While gigabit Ethernet remains the standard, the benefits of 10GbE are immense, but a long time stumbling block has been the capital investment in equipment to support the interconnect, especially for small businesses. The key then with the XS708E is both speed and cost - the XS708E brings performance capabilities to the masses, with a street price of close to $100 per port.

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by Doug Crowthers

Netgear ProSafe WNDAP660 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point Review

The Netgear ProSafe WNDAP660 is the company's premiere dual-band wireless-N access point router from its business-line of networking products. The access point offers 802.11n (3x3) connection, with throughput up to 450 Mbps, along with dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless throughput. For business users it also offers a set of robust security features include WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection, 802.1x with RADIUS support, Advanced Security with Wireless Intrusion Detection (WIDS) and Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIPS) support.

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by Josh Linden

NETGEAR ProSafe Plus JGS524E 24-Port Ethernet Switch Review

ProSafe Plus is Netgear’s family of SMB switches that provide some advanced Layer 2 network functionality such as VLAN and per-port QoS, with a streamlined management interface for situations where full-blown managed switches are not necessary or practical to administrate. The ProSafe Plus JGS524E provides 24 ports with up to 2,000 Mbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port in a compact rack-mountable chassis.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox SX6036 56Gb InfiniBand Switch Review

The Mellanox SX6036 is the second Mellanox managed switch to join the rack in the StorgeReview Enterprise Lab. The SX6036 is designed for top-of-rack leaf connectivity, building clusters, and carrying converged LAN and SAN traffic. The integrated InfiniBand Subnet Manager can support an InfiniBand fabric of up to 648 nodes. While we've found 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE to be compelling interconnects in the lab, there are times when you just need a little more power to ensure that storage is the throughput and latency bottleneck, not the network fabric. To this end we are leveraging the InfiniBand switch and related gear on high end storage arrays and situations where there's not just a need for speed, speed is a requirement for doing business.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox SX1036 10/40Gb Ethernet Switch Review

The Mellanox SX1036 is a 1U managed Ethernet switch that provides up to 2.88Tb/s of non-blocking throughput via 36 40Gb/s QSFP ports that can be broken out to achieve up to 64 10Gb/s ports or offer a mixture of 40Gb/s and 10Gb/s connectivity. As a backbone to the StorageReview Enterprise Lab networking infrastructure, the SX1036 switch provides the connectivity required to test the latest Ethernet-based high-speed network storage appliances. On the compute side, we’re pairing the SX1036 with Mellanox’s dual-port 10GbE and 40GbE ConnectX-3 EN PCIe 3.0 Ethernet adapters and connecting with Mellanox QSFP and SFP+ cables, giving our lab a complete end-to-end Mellanox interconnect solution.

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