by Lyle Smith

Intel Releases Ethernet 800 Series NICs & Agilex FPGAs

Intel has introduced the new Agilex FPGAs designed to add agility, flexibility and massive bandwidth capabilities. With its high-performance compute build, Intel says these new FPGAs can excel in networking (5G, NFV terabyte OTN), edge and embedded (vision analytics, industry 4.0, smart cities/surveillance, radar and defense), Cloud (application, and network storage acceleration), and Enterprise (financial analytics, database acceleration, genomics) use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Marvell Prestera CX 8500 Switch Family Announced

Today Marvell announced its new Ethernet switch solution portfolio for edge and private data centers utilizing composable infrastructure, Marvell Prestera CX 8500 family. The new switch solutions range from 2 to 12.8Tbps and are designed with intelligence, edge computing and 5G applications in mind. Marvell will be showcasing this new solution as well as other solutions at the OCP U.S. Summit 2019 in San Jose, Calif. (booth A5) March 14-15, 2019.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA To Acquire Mellanox For $6.9 Billion

Today NVIDIA announced that it has reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox. NVIDIA will acquire all outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125/share in cash, which comes out to $6.9 billion. The two companies have worked together for some time and now will be able to combine leadership, technology, and research. 

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by Michael Rink

Netgear Releases New Router & Wireless Access Point

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Netgear released several new networking products. While Netgear is one of the leading providers for home, small and medium business networking appliances, the products released here primarily target small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new products include an IPV6 switching line, Insight wireless access points along with an update to the Insight platform, and a new Orbi Pro Mesh Wi-Fi satellite.

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by Michael Rink

Broadcom Release Advanced SAN Software and Appliance

On December 20th, Broadcom released both the Brocade SANnav Management Portal software and the Brocade 7810 Extension Switch appliance. That company states that is new software is aimed at delivering a dynamic, comprehensive, and faster managment experience for SAN users. The new switch is aimed to better hit DR requirements through faster dater transfer over a distance. 

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by Michael Rink

VMware Announces Service Mesh

Today VMware announced a new service built on the foundation of the Istio Service Mesh, Vmware NSX Service Mesh. VMware is currently targetting a beta release early 2019 that will support only VMware Cloud PKS; with support for additional platforms rolling out later.

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by Michael Rink

Broadcom 1st To Ship 7th Gen Fibre Channel HBA

Today Broadcom announced the industry’s first family of Gen 7 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) designed for accelerating today’s mission-critical enterprise workloads and emerging mission-critical applications including artificial intelligence-based business analytics. The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) only announced the specifications for 7th generation fibre last month so this is quick work.

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by Michael Rink

SonicWall Updates for Enterprises

Today SonicWall announced updates targeted at their enterprise customers. The new updates include Zero-Touch Deployment and Secure SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) designed for distributed enterprises and organizations with hybrid cloud environments. The company also announced enhancements to the Capture Security Center as well as Hyper-V, Azure and AWS support for its virtual firewall series. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN Dual-Port 100GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

The Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver extreme bandwidth at sub-600 nanosecond latency and a high message rate with its 100GbE transfer rate. With its advanced storage capabilities including NVMe-oF target offloads, this NIC is ideal for High Performance, Cloud, Data Analytics and Storage platforms.

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by Michael Rink

Netgear Releases Insight VPN Router

Netgear has released an Insight VPN Router (BR500). They are targeting this router and bundled VPN annual subscription at small and medium-sized businesses. The router is designed to interconnect up to 3 offices as if they were connected locally, regardless of their geographical location.

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