Articles about Host Bus Adapters

QLogic: We can't flog adapters when no one's buying servers

QLogic, in the stagnant and low-growth adapter businesses, has announced weak quarterly results, and is pinning its hopes on ASICs and soon-to-be-revealed new server-based products unlike anything it has produced before. Q primarily sells adapters that connect servers to networks such as the Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
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Emulex rustles up a Mulligan for its hungry network gumble floggers

Emulex has appointed a senior vice-president for operations, signalling new CEO Jeff Benck's intention to have his company survive as a viable business. Emulex makes Fibre Channel storage host bus adapters (HBAs), Converged Network Adaptors (CNAs) and has recently bought Endace for its Ethernet network monitoring and analysis …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
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Emulex to QLogic: Adapter biz is shrinking, but we're still swimming

Emulex's latest results show it overtaking QLogic in the traditional server storage connectivity market – despite the fact that the pie which they're divvying up is becoming increasingly smaller. The fourth fiscal 2013 Emulex quarter finished at the end of June and saw revenues of $120.4m – showing the usual seasonal fourth …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013

QLogic brandishes axe over staff, seeks $20m cost savings

Some of the reasons for QLogic's ousting of its CEO have become clearer after the company issued a restructuring statement. An undisclosed number of staff will be laid off; some engineering operations are going to be consolidated (presumably reducing overlap and costs); and the focus on product development is going to get " …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013

Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

Google is considering new ARM-based designs for its home-brewed servers, according to Bloomberg. The financial newswire's report is sketchy, offering the observation that Google “ is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM Holdings Plc” together with a quote from Google spokesdroid Liz Markman …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2013

QLogic to launch Transformers-style adapter cards: They're also flash caches

QLogic is adding flash storage to its server adapter cards so they become PCIe-connected flash caches, speeding up SAN I/O-bound applications in the servers with read I/O acceleration. The company makes a line of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Ethernet-based Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that can run the FCoE …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
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HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news. The HUS 150 array has had support for Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules added, bringing, HDS claims, " …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013
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QLogic and Emulex struggling to escape Fibre Channel woes

Businesses exist to make profits. Quarterly results statements provide a window through which to look at how publicly-owned businesses are doing. So, QLogic and Emulex: how are you doing? QLogic did well in its third fiscal 2014 quarter, which finished on December 29 last year, with profits up both sequentially and annually. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
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Boardroom brouhaha brewing at Emulex after Endace buy

You win some; you lose some. Emulex has completed its acquisition of networking analytics company Endace against the opposition of activist investor Elliott Management, but had to accept the appointment of two Elliott nominees to its board. Emulex mostly sells SAN Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and has a line of Ethernet Converged …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2013

QLogic drops veil on new flashy adapter technology

QLogic is adding flash caching capability to its storage network adapter cards in a project called Mount Rainier. The company makes host bus adapters (HBAs) to connect servers to Fibre Channel accessed SANs and converged network adapters (CNAs) to link servers to iSCI and FCoE accessed SANs as well as to Ethernet networks. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2012

Avago Technologies chomps up LSI for BEELLLIONS - in CASH

Christmas has come early for LSI investors. Avago Technologies is buying LSI for $6.6bn – and they're paying cash. Avago; who they? A former HP spin-out, Avago is jointly headquartered in Singapore and San Jose. Avago Technologies was once the semiconductor products part of HP, which was separated out as Agilent Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

Seagate is building hard disk drives with a direct Ethernet interface and object-style API access for scalable object stores, a plan which - if it works - would destroy much of the existing, typical storage stack. Drives would become native key/value stores that manage their own space mapping with accessing applications simply …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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Bolshy investors launch yet another assault on Emulex board

Angry investor Altai Capital Management has written an open letter to Emulex CEO Jim McCluney demanding the resignation of Emulex's board after it rejected a takeover offer from Broadcom. That's the view put across by activist investor Altai Capital Management in a public letter to Emulex CEO Jim McCluney. Background Emulex …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013
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QLogic: 3 words - caching SAN adapter. Just blew your mind, didn't we?

QLogic has announced its transparent adapter-based flash caching aimed at accelerating applications that access a SAN for data. FabricCache is the first product implementation of its Mount Rainier technology and, as well as adding a flash cache to QLogic's Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), it shares that cache between clustered servers …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2013
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Virtual Instruments plans probe 'n' sniff tools for Ethernet networks

Fibre Channel networking probester Virtual Instruments is going to expand into Ethernet-based file network probing and analysis, according to the 451 analysis group. The analysts also reckon an IPO is coming but said that Ethernet switching speed freak Arista is set on entering Ethernet network analysis too, giving VI real …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013
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Hitachi GST to demo first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD

Hitachi GST has announced that it will soon demonstrate the industry's first 12Gbit/s SAS interface solid state drive. The latest addition to Western Digital said it would demo the fastest SAS interface yet at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, on 9 May, 2012. SAS 12Gbit/s runs twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012

Red Hat uncloaks RHEL 5.9 beta

Commercial Linux distie Red Hat has not forgotten that a whole lot of its customers are still back one release on Enterprise Linux 5, and has rolled out a beta of an updated 5.9 release to give customers a sneak peek at enhancements coming their way. This marks the last big update for the RHEL 5 life cycle, but Red Hat will …
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NetApp launches SECRET MARS MISSION, seeks egghead

The Reg storage desk has learned of a Mars project at NetApp. So we've sent our own Curiosity rover - specifically, a Google bot - to scan for job descriptions. This is what it transmitted back: Mars is an industry-leading next-generation product and one of the most strategic projects within NetApp. Mars is a clusterable and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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Adaptec adds DRAM cache to entry-level RAID

DRAM-caching boosts entry-level Adaptec RAID controller performance past software RAID and cache-less host bus adapters. Adaptec, the adapter company that vanished down the Steele Partners plughole, exists as a RAID controller operation and brand inside PMC-Sierra. And now it has announced the "Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6E …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2011
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QLogic showers in gravy as parent Emulex hits dry spell

Quarterly results show Emulex spinout QLogic quietly excelling while Emulex is still trying to dig itself out of a hole. Both companies sell Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), and Ethernet connectivity products such as converged network adapters (CNAs). Emulex has silicon products that provide connectivity inside arrays, …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2011
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Mellanox VMA 6.0 juices high freaky trading

If you use Connect-X host bus adapters from Mellanox Technologies for your Ethernet or InfiniBand networks and you use Linux, then there's a turbo boost mode available for $300 per server. The software used to be called Voltaire Messaging Accelerator and came to Mellanox through its November 2010 acquisition of networking rival …
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NetApp scores video benchmark wins

NetApp says its Media Content Management (MCM) system has outperformed all previously ATTO-tested storage subsystems. This was with the Engenio-based E5460 array and StorNext, Quantum's virtualised file system manager, not with FAS storage arrays running Data ONTAP. NetApp's Media Content Management system is designed to …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011

Cisco stretches UCS uber-control-freak across larger clouds

Cisco's software engineers have cooked up an uber-control-freak called UCS Central to manage server profiles, templates, and settings for up to 10,000 rack or blade machines. You can't sell customers a true cloud if your integrated control freak in your blade-network mashup only spans 160 nodes in a single management domain, and …
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Only an open standard lance can slay EMC's cache demon

Blocks and Files Having EMC storage arrays direct hot data into a flash bank is great, but only if you're happy using EMC's cache gear. Wouldn't it be rather nice if there was an open and widely used server flash interface that could be used by all PCIe flash cards and PCIe flash-using vendors? Suppose QLogic adds a flash cache to its converged …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2011

Directing Fibre Channel storage traffic over Ethernet

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) has a hard act to follow. Fibre Channel storage fabrics accomplish an amazing feat, making shared storage arrays equivalent to direct-attached disk drives to the many servers accessing them. When servers access data from directly attached disks, the data arrives fast and none is lost en route. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2011
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Networking giant Emulex stumbles at third quarter hurdle

Emulex's latest earnings show a fall compared to the previous quarter: which was the first profitable quarter after six loss-making ones. This means execs at the networking giant are probably on high alert for any further signs of a return to that slough of despond. Revenues for its third fiscal 2012 quarter totalled $125.7m, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2012
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Marvell updates hybrid NAND/disk controller

Hot on the heels of its 9145 PCIe flash controller component, Marvell is launching a new controller to make building hybrid drives, spinning disk plus NAND flash, a lot easier. Hybrid drives pair NAND flash with spinning disks to combine NAND speed with disk capacity and low cost/GB. Seagate provides its Momentum XT drive with …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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NextIO punts I/O virtualizing Maestro

NextIO, a maker of server I/O virtualization switches based on PCI-Express technologies, has announced the third and probably the most significant of its products. It's called vNET I/O Maestro and is being peddled as a server I/O virtualization appliance that can take the place of Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches at the top …
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Juniper on the prowl for acquisitions

Upstart networking-equipment maker Juniper Networks is on the prowl. Speaking at a conference in Hong Kong on Monday, Kevin Johnson, Juniper's CEO, said that the company was interested in making targeted acquisitions, specifically in the areas of mobile communications and cloud computing. According to a report in The Wall …
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HP offers Emulex FCoE adaptors

Emulex has at last got blue chip OEM blessing for its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters, with HP now offering the kit. FCoE is reckoned to be the future of Fibre Channel networking, with the protocol being carried on a 10GbitE wire instead of native Fibre Channel wires and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). FCoE runs across an …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2010
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University of Tsukuba orders 800Tflop Xeon E5 hybrid

Supercomputer upstart Appro International has bagged a deal to supply Tsukuba University in Japan with an 800 teraflops machine based on Intel's impending "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors. The chip maker is hosting its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, but is not expected to divulge much about the server …
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ScaleMP takes self in hand, pumps its offering even bigger

With server nodes getting more cores and fatter main memories, you might be thinking that the need for larger symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) servers, whether they are physical, like the ones sold by the major system makers, or virtual, like those created using the vSMP hypervisor and interconnect from ScaleMP, would be …
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Mellanox rides networking upgrade wave

The quad data rate InfiniBand and 10 Gigabit Ethernet upgrade cycles within big data centers are well under way as the global economy continues to thaw and companies like Mellanox are benefiting from a strengthening upgrade cycle. Mellanox, which makes InfiniBand silicon and switches as well as InfiniBand and Ethernet adapters, …
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Got it taped: The business of tape-based disaster recovery

Feature For many SMEs, tape disappeared from their landscape as a data storage choice ten or more years ago. Domestically, it exists, if at all, as a legacy item with perhaps a car stereo chewing its way through a selection of fondly regarded C-90s. Still, this lack of public visibility by no means indicates that tape has come to the …
Bob Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
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Red Hat rolls up RHEL 6.1 beta

Commercial Linux distie and soon-to-be billion dollar baby Red Hat has rolled up the first update of its Enterprise Linux 6 operating system and kicked it out there for beta testing. The beta of RHEL 6.1 has support for new hardware, as updates always do, but also includes software functionality that didn't make the cut before …
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VirtenSys virtualises RAID controllers

VirtenSys has enabled the sharing of LSI MegaRAID host bus adapters between servers connected to its IOV switch. Typically a RAID controller will provide RAID protection for a set of disk drives that it controls and represent them to a server. The VirtenSys IOV (I/O Virtualisation) switch is an external PCIe switch that connects …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2009
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Xsigo automagically floats cloud east and west

Xsigo Systems, which for years has been trying to carve a niche for itself in the virtualized network and server rackets, is taking another crack at it with a version of its VP family of I/O Directors, tweaked to provide direct and movable links between virtual machines on clustered servers. Such traffic is commonly called East- …
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Brocade wipes floor with CNA competition

Brocade's network adapters cream competing products from Emulex and QLogic when used for Exchange and Oracle data sent over over Ethernet links. The Brocade results (pdf) validated by IT Brand Pulse, show that servers using Brocade's converged network adapters (CNAs) will be able to carry out more Exchange email and Oracle …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2010
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Brocade releases second wave of HBAs

Meeting the deadlines set with its original Host Bus Adapter (HBA) roadmap, Brocade today is rolling out a second-generation of devices with more respectable performance. The networking equipment maker now sells two speeds of HBAs - 4Gb/s and 8Gb/s in single-port and dual-port variations. The 415 (single port) and 425 (dual …
Austin Modine, 26 Jun 2008
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QLogic gets IBM design wins

IBM has announced that it is to use QLogic adapters to provide Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage networking. QLogic has revealed that tier 1 server vendor IBM will use its 8100 Converged Network Adapter (CNA) products to provide FCoE connectivity on all of its rack and tower series servers. These include Xeon 5500 “ …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2009
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Xsigo gooses I/O virtualizer

Hot on the heels of its introduction of two Ethernet-based I/O virtualization director switches Xsigo Systems will roll out a line of I/O director switches based on 40 Gb/sec, quad-data rate InfiniBand silicon. The original VP780 I/O Director was based on dual-data rate (20Gb/sec) InfiniBand networking. The I/O director replaced …
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QLogic rumored as EMC takeover target

With only two companies in the world who make host adapters for networking servers to external storage - and one of them trying to shake off a hostile takeover - it is no surprise that the other one is rumored to be the target for a takeover too. Barron's, the offshoot of the Wall Street Journal that used to be a weekly paper …
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TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed

TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product. The 630 is a 3U enclosure holding up to 10TB of single level cell (SLC) flash with up to 10 Infiniband (IB) or Fibre Channel ports. It delivers 10GB/sec across the IB ports …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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QLogic dodges recession in second quarter

QLogic is doing its best to be immune to economic doom and gloom scenarios with a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in quarterly revenues and a 20 per cent net income rise. The maker of storage networking host bus adapters (HBAs) and switches posted second quarter fiscal 2009 (Q2 fy09) results to September 28 with net revenues …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2008
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Compellent moves to 6Gbit/s SAS interfaces

Compellent is going to give its storage array controllers more power, update its software and move to faster SAS drives. The company has been giving partners a glimpse of its roadmap at the annual C-Drive event in Minneapolis. The main events include a move to 6Gbit/s SAS interfaces and a controller hardware and software …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2010

Emulex pins adapter future to Ethernet and encryption

Emulex has announced a second generation Ethernet Fibre Channel adapter and added encryption to its Fibre Channel adapter range using RSA technology. Emulex supplies Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with virtualisation capabilities so that physical servers can access Fibre Channel SANs, and virtual machines share their …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2009
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Dell rides after Cisco with Brocade, Scalent posse

Like other server makers, Dell has a lot to lose if Cisco Systems succeeds in its efforts to convince IT shops to buy its "California" Unified Computing System, which sports blade and rack servers with converged storage and network switches. Dell can't afford to start a switching business of its own (or to buy one) to compete in …
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Unisys revs up big ClearPath mainframes

If you want to make money in the mainframe racket, you have to keep building ever more capacious machines. And if you really want to make money, then you port your code from CMOS mainframe engines to Intel-based machinery and stop making homegrown processors and system boards. Unisys is not quite there yet – it's about halfway …

Brocade drops the Ethernet ball

Ethernet and storage networking supplier Brocade has dropped the Ethernet ball while recording record quarterly results. For its first fiscal 2010 quarter ended January 30, revenues increased 25 per cent year-over-year to $539.5m and Brocade made a net profit of $51.1m, greatly up on the year-ago quarter's loss of $23.9m. All in …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2010