by Brian Beeler

Avago To Acquire Emulex

Avago Technologies has announced it is acquiring publicly traded Emulex for $8/share, in an all cash transaction topping $606 million. Avago has been busy the last year or so, buying LSI in December 2013 for $6.6 billion, before selling off LSI's storage business to Seagate in May of last year for $450 million. The combination of Emulex's interconnect solutions and Avago's existing storage adapters and fiber optics make for a broad solutions portfolio. Emulex is expected to operate as a business within Avago's enterprise storage segment.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC/Brocade Unveil Industry's first IP Storage Switch

Brocade has announced that it has expanded its relationship with EMC Corporation by creating the industry's first network switch designed for IP storage, the Connectrix VDX-6740B. Brocade has added its VCS Ethernet fabric solutions to EMC's Connectrix family of network switches in order to create the VDX-6740B.

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by Mark Kidd

Netgear Announces New ProSAFE Switch Chassis, ProSAFE Wireless Controller, and ReadyNAS 3130

Netgear today announced details about new wireless access management, switching, and storage products which Netgear is positioning to provide scalability for mid-sized organizations. According to Netgear, the company’s ProSAFE M6100 switches, ProSAFE WC9500 wireless controllers, and the ReadyNAS 3130 series of appliances are focused on higher-density environments such as mid-sized business or school and medical campus deployments which expect to scale their infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Gains Market Share In the Third Quarter Of 2014

According to results of Dell’Oro’s quarterly report on Switching Market Share, Cisco has come out as number one in both combined fibre channel + fiber-channel-over-Ethernet (FC + FCoE) revenue and they took the number one spot in FC Modular share. These gains in Cisco’s market share are due primarily to customer acceptance of the MDS product portfolio, ramp up of FCoE-capable products, and the substantial demand for 16G FC.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex and Dynatrace Announce NetPod

Emulex and Dynatrace have announced NetPod, a fully integrated solution that combines Dynatrace’s Data Center (DC RUM) analysis with Emulex’s EndaceProbe Intelligent Network Recorders, delivering high-fidelity network and application transaction-level visibility and long-term packet storage to network teams. Additionally, its hardware-based EndaceProbe INRs boast 100 percent packet capture, nanosecond time stamping, “back-in-time” playback capabilities, and a platform for user experience monitoring. NetPod also allows for the optimization of the performance, scalability, and predictability of all applications situated in the data center such as Citrix, SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and Microsoft Exchange.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Introduces ConnectX-4 Adapter

Today Mellanox Technologies introduced the ConnectX-4 Adapter, a single/dual-port 100Gb/s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) adapter, the final piece to the industry’s first complete end-to-end 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution. The ConnectX-4 will provide high-performance and low latency needs for high-performance computing (HPC), cloud, Web 2.0, and Big Data applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic Enables 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Across Fujitsu Enterprise Product Portfolio

Today QLogic announced that its 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are now shipping in Fujitsu PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers. The collaboration allows Fujitsu customers to deploy end-to-end Gen 5 SANs in combination with ETERNUS Gen 5 Fibre Channel disk storage systems. This collaboration is the latest with QLogic that is aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and Brocade was aimed at increasing performance and simplifying management.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic and Brocade Collaborate to Advance Fibre Channel SAN Fabric Connectivity

QLogic Corp. has announced a new set of industry-leading features for their 16Gb Gen5 Fibre Channel adapters. These new features mark the first co-development effort between QLogic and Brocade, two of the leading in Fibre Channel SAN fabrics.

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by Mark Kidd

QLogic at VeeamON 2014

QLogic develops SAN technologies to improve enterprise server and network performance in virtualized, converged, and cloud environments. QLogic offers adapters, switches, and ASICs, and serves as Veeam’s only certified fabric partner. Our latest Gen 5 HBAs can be matched with Veeam’s data protection software in order to provide backup and recovery for data center VMs, guest OS files, and applications.

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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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