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Fans and skeptics argue on Fibre Channel over Ethernet

This year's Storage Networking World Europe show focused attention on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). However, while SAN vendors promoted FCoE as a way to extend Fibre Channel's reach and longevity, skeptics described it as unnecessary -- and per...

10G Ethernet: can copper cut the mustard?

If 10Gigabit Ethernet has a problem, it's multiple personalities. 10G over fibre is well established as a network backbone technology, but in past generations it's been Ethernet over copper - and especially telephone-style twisted pair cabling - that...

Network Instruments data recorder holds 288T bytes

Network Instruments has developed what it claims is the largest network data recorder available. The GigaStor SAS has a capacity of up to 288 terabytes, and was originally developed for a U.S. military customer which needed to store a month's worth o...

WAN accelerator breaks the Gig barrier

Silver Peak has launched what it claimed is the biggest WAN accelerator ever - a box able to optimize, de-duplicate, compress and encrypt 1Gbit/s of WAN traffic.

Ocarina claims online de-dupe breakthrough

De-duplication has become popular for backup data, but not for primary storage. Now, US start-up company Ocarina Networks wants to change that, with a data reduction technology which it claims can shrink live production data too - even if the file fo...

Free search tool scans net alerts

Start-up software developer Packet Analytics is offering a free downloadable search engine, designed to collect network and system alerts, and help admins and security analysts dig through them.

Dual-SIM router provides wireless fail-over

Remote or mobile networks can now get a secure wireless connection back to HQ, even if one of the cellular networks fails, claimed Amplicon as it announced a mobile router with slots for two SIM cards.

Intel drops network processor development

Intel has divested itself of yet another "non-core" product line, signing a deal to pass on design and marketing of its popular IXP network processors to Netronome Systems, a start-up which specializes in deep packet inspection (DPI) technology.

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