Networking Reviews
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 Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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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by Mark Kidd

NETGEAR ProSafe GSM7352S 48-Port Switch Review

The Netgear GSM7352S 48-port switch is among the latest additions to StorageReview’s burgeoning enterprise testing environment. The GSM7352S offers much-needed room for growth in the test lab, and enables our staff to broaden the range of network topologies we can create while evaluating new storage gear. The GSM7352S offers 48 10/100/1000 Mbps ports, along with two built-in 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ interfaces on the front and two optional 10 Gigabit module bays on the rear for uplinks and stacking. The GSM7352S also supports IPv4/IPv6 dynamic routing protocols including OSPF, VRRP and multicast, along with VLAN routing and a removable power module which can fall back on external RPS power in the event of a power supply failure.

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