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SSG Now Delta Reports

Below is a list of our current Delta Reports

  • Eight Features Datacenters Need from Storage

    Mid-sized and enterprise datacenters have requirements for storage systems that include performance, scalability, storage efficiency, high availability, data protection, and application/virtualization integration. These IT shops should expect a set of features from a storage system that contributes to productivity, provides performance where and when needed, scales economically and self heals. Published on Monday, January 7th, 2013 | Deni Connor
  • Zetta.net Second Generation Hybrid Cloud Backup outperforms appliance-based solutions

    Zetta.net has extended its smart cloud data protection and disaster recovery in several important dimensions, without the need for a hardware appliance. It eliminates the disadvantages of appliance-based data protection systems including the slow-motion of data to an offsite storage site, and tedious disaster recovery should the local appliance be destroyed in a catastrophic event. The appliance adds additional hardware costs, presents a single choke and failure point and induces complications for distributed offices, particularly for managed service providers. Zetta.net’s implementation provides the ease of implementation and quick recovery of an appliance without the down side. Published on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Zetta.net 3.0 uses WebDAV for efficiency

    The importance of rapid and reliable internet-based communications was well recognized by the founders of Zetta.net. With experience going back to the days of Netscape, when bandwidth was infinitesimal when compared to that which we take advantage today, engineering an enterprise-class data protection would require the use of the best tools available. Since the cloud-based service would need to provide data protection for servers and clients, with many concurrent communications sessions across an enterprise, an intelligent protocol between customer computers and the Zetta.net cloud would need to be developed. Since enterprises use many operating systems, the selection of development platforms was a critical factor in development and continuing product support costs. Scalability of the cloud infrastructure was also a critical factor involving product design. Synchronization of data between the cloud and the customer’s computers had to be extremely fast, and rapid data availability after a disaster becomes an important business continuity component. All of these requirements dictated the decision by Zetta.net to use the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) extension to the HTTP protocol. Published on Monday, October 1st, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Avere 3.0 provides fast and scalable file server

    When we first reported on the all solid-state Avere FXT 2700 1.0 a little over two years ago, we were impressed by its performance and scalability. Two or more nodes of Avere appliances could create a cluster in order to match customer requirements for high availability, capacity and throughput. Version 2.0 of the software brought the ability to operate a global namespace from the cluster. Both versions 1.0 and 2.0 required a NAS filer, or farm of them, operating behind the Avere cluster. The systems provided NAS acceleration because, if the working set primarily resides in the cluster, reads and writes could be served up quickly from the Avere cluster without waiting for the backend, or ‘Core’ filers, which could be synchronized as a background operation. This typically results in a 50 to 1 reduction in traffic to the Core filers, with only two percent of traffic going over the network. Now with Avere 3.0, the Avere cluster becomes the namespace authority. Files are accessed from the Avere system and interaction with the Core filers becomes transparent to the users. This dramatically reduces network latency and simplifies the management of the entire system. The Avere namespace authority also allows dramatic new capabilities called FlashMove and FlashMirror. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • CNA Performance Testing: Your Mileage May Vary

    When configuring a server that will be virtualized and placed in a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) environment, it’s important to tune the server for optimal CPU utilization and balanced IOPs performance. Typically a server reaching the upper end of its CPU utilization adversely impacts the applications running on the server as they become sluggish or unresponsive. Servers that are deployed without virtualization are normally underutilized. By virtualizing the server, utilization can increase to somewhere north of 50% and leave adequate headroom for processing IO between the server and the converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabric. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Viking Modular eliminates the battery in DDR3 non-volatile module

    Viking Modular’s new approach to high speed non-volatile memory uses the company’s extensive experience in both DRAM and solid state drive technology to create hybrid memory that provides the speed of DDR3 with the long-term “high availability” storage retention of flash memory. Both high availability and disaster recovery are two serious concerns for datacenter operators; the Viking ArxCis-NV solution delivers an elegant solution for protection against potential data loss. The ArxCis-NV module has the additional advantage that it does not require a battery. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Riverbed Teams with Nirvanix to Help Companies Shift to the Cloud, Cut the Fat out of IT

    Riverbed’s Whitewater appliances provide enterprises with many choices when it comes to cloud storage providers. The recent addition of the Nirvanix CloudComplete portfolio of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions provides turnkey access to cloud storage that was purpose-built for enterprise requirements. Nirvanix operates seven globally positioned data centers that are accessed as a single namespace, meaning that no matter where you upload or download a file from, it always appears as the same file. When you upload a file, even before it’s replicated to other nodes, it’s immediately available by redirecting the user to the node where the file exists. If a file exists in three nodes but is only updated in one node, Nirvanix software will update the file across all three nodes automatically, ensuring that only the most current content is accessed. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Again! QLogic Inks Another Design Win with IBM for its Converged Network Adapters

    QLogic this month strengthened its converged networking position with the announcement that IBM will integrate the company’s single-chip QL8100 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) with IBM Power Systems’ POWER6-based tower, rack-mount and blade servers. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • QLogic Teams with Avaya, Fires Another Bullet Across the FCoE Switching Landscape

    QLogic recently announced a new partnership with Avaya to provide its ‘Bullet’ 10GbE converged network switching technology for Avaya’s Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA). Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • InfiniBand Three-Peat: QLogic Trumps the Market

    QLogic's announcements this month that its QDR InfiniBand adapters have been chosen by IBM, Dell and HP for high-performance computing (HPC) connectivity signals an important milestone – that all three of the largest systems manufactures will use QLogic InfiniBand products with their HPC deployments. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • QLogic Stacks up Design Wins with Oracle’s Server and Storage Stack

    QLogic’s converged network adapters have stacked up another design win with the selection by Oracle for their exclusive use in the company’s Oracle SPARC-based and x64 servers. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Who is accountable for cloud storage? You are.

    Choosing a cloud storage provider is more difficult than one thinks, complicated by the issues of accountability and responsibility for data latency, availability, corruption and in the most extreme circumstances, data loss. Reports of data availability and data loss abound. Amazon Web Services, who many cloud gateway vendors partner with, suffered from as many as 10 hours of downtime for some of its users and ended up losing some data as well. The data of customers who used Dropbox was left unprotected for as much as four hours recently. And, finally Google lost emails from 2% of its users earlier this year. Who’s responsible for these losses? Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • EMC ‘Selects’ QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Stackable Switches

    Storage area networks (SANs) rapidly expand in the global and virtualized data centers and as server consolidation spirals in an almost out-of-control fashion, IT administrators need to be able to select Fibre Channel switches that can accommodate growth non-disruptively and inexpensively and give them reliability and improved productivity. EMC has recognized QLogic’s 5800V Series 8Gb Fibre Channel switches as meeting these characteristics and has chosen them for membership in its exclusive EMC Select program. These switches, which QLogic describes as “chunklets of connectivity” are approximately the size of pizza boxes and can be stacked atop one another as additional ports are required in a pay-as-you-grow fashion. In this challenging business environment, the ability to buy connectivity in a modular fashion is easier for customers to digest than asking them to spend money upfront on more capacity than they need —a characteristic that SSG-NOW believes is a key driver for the increased OEM adoption of QLogic’s high-speed SAN edge switches. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • QLogic flexes the Bullet, introduces new paradigm of network convergence

    The battle for network convergence heated up this week as QLogic announced that HP has selected the QLogic 'Bullet' FCoE Switching ASIC to power its Virtual Connect FlexFabric switch module for the company's new BladeSystem platforms. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Adaptec MaxIQ is the simple storage accelerator

    A recent article described a major social media site’s disappointing results with the latest generation of multi-core servers. Further analysis indicated that in virtualized environments such as VMware, Xen and Hyper-V, the CPU is usually not the bottleneck. Improvements in storage speed have not kept pace with the rapidly improving CPUs. Described as the storage performance gap, the inability of hard disk drives (HDDs) to keep up with the workload is a tough problem for organizations that have relied on server improvements to offset the growth demands. There are a number of products and technologies that can address the performance gap, especially solid state drives (SSDs). But the implementation of the new drives can be a daunting task because the choice of data sets to be placed on the SSDs is not simple. That’s why we are particularly impressed with Adaptec’s new MaxIQ™ SSD Cache Performance Solution, which turns any Adaptec Series 5Z, Series 5 or Series 2 Storage Controller into an I/O supercharger. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Cloud SANs Deliver the Benefits of the Cloud to Storage Area Networks

    While modular storage arrays and storage area networks (SANs) have become the standard for deploying data storage in businesses all over the world, they are saddled with an undesirable lifecycle, often as short as three years, that requires a cumbersome replacement process on a regular basis. This replacement process is not only complex and time-consuming, but is also potentially disruptive to IT and business operations. With data storage needs for many organizations spiraling upwards on an annual basis, the need for more capacity and upgrades is unlikely to change for traditional SANs. By providing unlimited capacity and scale, cloud storage has emerged as a viable alternative to eliminate this burdensome data storage life cycle and other limitations of today’s SANs. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • 3PAR InServ goes solid

    Much attention has been given to hybrid arrays that couple Solid State Drives (SSD) with rotating media. In fact, many industry experts are declaring the demise of high cost fibre channel drives as low cost Serial ATA drives (SATA), when coupled with a relatively small amount of SSD storage, can provide an extreme boost in performance at a relatively low cost. High end systems already have established the differential between Fibre Channel and SATA with tiering controls. 3PAR has about five years of experience in the autonomic processes involved in moving data between high cost drives and low cost drives. The newest InServ software option, coupled with enterprise class SSD’s, allows 3PAR customers to take advantage of the SSD speed without forklift replacements. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • Legacy Tape Access: Unlocking backup data in support of data center consolidation and litigation

    Retaining legacy tapes in order to comply with corporate legal policy has become a real problem for IT administrators – they stack up in closets, storerooms and at off-site service provider locations. You can’t recycle them or destroy them because the lawyers say you can’t – you might need the information on them for litigation or because of regulatory compliance. But you have no idea what data is on them and how useful it is to your organization -- they are just the results of hundreds of full and incremental disaster recovery backups you’ve done over the last so-many years. And, that’s a lot of tape – estimates that tape has 25 times the volume of disk because of the backup rotation methods – grandfather, father and son – used to back it up and protect it. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • IBM Global Services Integrates Nirvanix Cloud Storage in SmartCloud Enterprise Service

    Nirvanix has been chosen by IBM Global Services, the largest IT services organization in the world, to provide its public Cloud Storage Network technology, a fully-managed service, to IBM customers. The result of a five-year pact that IBM and Nirvanix announced this week, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise will integrate Nirvanix’s production-grade cloud storage and allow the uploading of any size file or object with high-availability ensured by storing data at multiple redundant locations. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • HP fortifies line of Fibre Channel switching defenses with QLogic

    In the quickly changing distributed data center environment where wholesale server consolidation is rapidly occurring and where storage capacity is out of control, IT administrators need to be able to rely on infrastructure solutions that are scalable and adaptable to change and that save them money, improve reliability and increase their productivity. Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • CacheIQ provides NAS acceleration with transparent caching

    File storage bottlenecks occur when file servers cannot meet the demands of clients. The solution to this problem is generally an expensive upgrade or expansion to the filer network. As NAS system sprawl increases, storage administrators find themselves engaged in manual file placement work and dealing with an increasing number of single points-of-failure. The Cache IQ approach is to decouple performance from capacity by adding a transparent cache for important data. This allows low-cost per TB, high-capacity Serial ATA drives to be deployed within filers rather than expensive, short-stroked rotating media or even solid state drives. Published on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 | admin
  • Violin Memory 3200 Series Flash Memory Array

    Violin Memory’s new V3200, in a 3U (5 ¼” high) rack package offers scalability from 500GB to 10TB in a single appliance, and can scale to more than 140TB by adding multiple appliances in a rack. Using Single Level Cell (SLC) flash memory technology, the 3200, in a full-up configuration, has an MSRP of about $20 per GB. This makes the 3200, which supports PCIe and 4/8Gbit/sec. Fibre Channel connectivity, price competitive with enterprise hard disk drive (HDD) systems on a cost per GB basis. Of course, we expect SLC appliances to operate at super speeds, but the architecture embodied in the 3200 supports aggregate bandwidth that trumps everything currently available. Published on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 | admin
  • Nirvanix: A solution for medical image archives

    Medical image archives are growing at an alarming rate and taxing IT with the problem of storing them and being able to access them rapidly for review by healthcare clinicians. Growth is so rampant now that images are digital that SSG-NOW research estimates that there will be approximately 970 million imaging procedures performed in the United States this year – that volume is expected to increase to 1.15 billion by 2014. The amount of storage required for medical images is compounded by the growth in size of the medical image itself. Each image can be of widely varying size with magnetic resonance images (MRIs) sized at 23MB, echocardiograms at 350MB and 256-slice CAT scans at 5-10GB. Published on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 | admin
  • TwinStrata cloud-enables business applications

    […] Published on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 | admin
  • Cloud SANs Deliver the Benefits of the Cloud to Storage Area Networks

    […] Published on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • CacheIQ provides NAS acceleration with transparent caching

    […] Published on Monday, November 7th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • IBM Global Services Integrates Nirvanix Cloud Storage in SmartCloud Enterprise Service

    […] Published on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • Nirvanix: A solution for medical image archives

    […] Published on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • Who is accountable for cloud storage? You are.

    Choosing a cloud storage provider is more difficult than one thinks, complicated by the issues of accountability and responsibility for data latency, availability, corruption and in the most extreme circumstances, data loss. Reports of data availability and data loss abound. Amazon Web Services, who many cloud gateway vendors partner with, suffered from as many as 10 hours of downtime for some of its users and ended up losing some data as well. The data of customers who used Dropbox was left unprotected for as much as four hours recently. And, finally Google lost emails from 2% of its users earlier this year. Who’s responsible for these losses? Published on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • FlashSoft provides seamless server storage acceleration

    Caching of frequently accessed storage blocks in high speed memory is a proven method of accelerating applications that require a large amount of random reads and writes. SQL database applications such as Online Transaction Processing immediately come to mind as applications requiring a large amount of random I/O. But server virtualization has made nearly every application heavily random in terms of storage access. Organizations using virtualization to consolidate on the latest multi-core servers have found themselves disappointed with resulting performance due to highly randomized I/O streams that swamp shared storage systems. FlashSoft has combined the use of direct attached solid state drives (SSDs) in the server with read and write caching as a method to dramatically accelerate access to any underlying storage system. Published on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Deni Connor
  • QLogic Teams with Avaya, Fires Another Bullet Across the FCoE Switching Landscape

    QLogic recently announced a new partnership with Avaya to provide its ‘Bullet’ 10GbE converged network switching technology for Avaya’s Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA). Published on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • Violin Memory Systems 3200 Series Flash Memory Array

    Violin Memory Systems new V3200, in a 3U (5 ¼” high) rack package offers scalability from 500GB to 10TB in a single appliance, and can scale to more than 140TB by adding multiple appliances in a rack. Using Single Level Cell (SLC) flash memory technology, the 3200, in a full-up configuration, has an MSRP of about $20 per GB. This makes the 3200, which supports PCie and 4/8GB Fibre Channel connectivity, price competitive with enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD) systems on a cost per GB basis. Of course we expect SLC appliances to operate at super speeds, but the architecture embodied in the 3200 supports aggregate bandwidth that trumps everything currently available. Published on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • QLogic flexes the Bullet, introduces new paradigm of network convergence

    The battle for network convergence heated up this week as QLogic announced that HP has selected the QLogic 'Bullet' FCoE Switching ASIC to power its Virtual Connect FlexFabric switch module for the company's new BladeSystem platforms. Published on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • Seagate fires the first round in the modern hybrid drive war

    […] Published on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • CNA Performance Testing: Your Mileage May Vary

    When deploying FCoE in virtualized server environments, not stomping on the CPU is important By Deni Connor and James E. Bagley Senior Analysts Storage Strategies NOW April 2010 When configuring a server that will be virtualized and placed in a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) environment, it’s important to tune the server for optimal CPU utilization and balanced IOPs performance. Typically a server reaching the upper end of its CPU utilization adversely impacts the applications running on the server as they become sluggish or unresponsive. Servers that are deployed without virtualization are normally underutilized. By virtualizing the server, utilization can increase to somewhere north of 50% and leave adequate headroom for processing IO between the server and the converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabric. Published on Friday, April 30th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • Pliant Lightning LS 300S Enterprise Flash Drive Sets New Performance Standard

    When Pliant Technologies set out to build the highest performing enterprise solid state drive (SSD), there were a series of decisions involving format and interface that could make or break the project. By choosing Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), they opted for an interface that could take advantage of the drive’s ability to simultaneously read and write. While SAS is a complex interface implying more development time and cost, it would be worth it. While the majority of SSDs are 2.5 inch format, Pliant chose to provide both 2.5 and 3.5 inch formats. The larger format will support higher capacity and higher bandwidth because more flash chips in the package provide more simultaneous access paths for reads and writes, boosting performance. Like EMC and other enterprise storage providers, Pliant chose the term Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) to describe the offering and differentiate it from other SSDs. Published on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • 3PAR InServ goes solid

    Much attention has been given to hybrid arrays that couple Solid State Drives (SSD) with rotating media. In fact, many industry experts are declaring the demise of high cost fibre channel drives as low cost Serial ATA drives (SATA), when coupled with a relatively small amount of SSD storage, can provide an extreme boost in performance at a relatively low cost. High end systems already have established the differential between Fibre Channel and SATA with tiering controls. 3PAR has about five years of experience in the autonomic processes involved in moving data between high cost drives and low cost drives. The newest InServ software option, coupled with enterprise class SSD’s, allows 3PAR customers to take advantage of the SSD speed without forklift replacements. Published on Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Jim Bagley
  • EMC ‘Selects’ QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Stackable Switches

    As storage area networks (SANs) rapidly expand in the global and virtualized data centers and as server consolidation spirals in an almost out-of-control fashion, IT administrators need to be able to select Fibre Channel switches that can accommodate growth non-disruptively and inexpensively and give them reliability and improved productivity. EMC has recognized QLogic’s 5800V Series 8Gb Fibre Channel switches as meeting these characteristics and has chosen them for membership in its exclusive EMC Select program. These switches, which QLogic describes as “chunklets of connectivity” are approximately the size of pizza boxes and can be stacked atop one another as additional ports are required in a pay-as-you-grow fashion. In this challenging business environment, the ability to buy connectivity in a modular fashion is easier for customers to digest than asking them to spend money upfront on more capacity than they need —a characteristic that SSG-NOW believes is a key driver for the increased OEM adoption of QLogic’s high-speed SAN edge switches. Published on Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • HP fortifies line of Fibre Channel switching defenses with QLogic

    In the quickly changing distributed data center environment where wholesale server consolidation is rapidly occurring and where storage capacity is out of control, IT administrators need to be able to rely on infrastructure solutions that are scalable and adaptable to change and that save them money, improve reliability and increase their productivity. Published on Saturday, February 20th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Microsoft Exchange

    StorageCraft’s announcement of software that recovers and migrates Microsoft Exchange mailboxes and message stores is significant in that it adds essential data protection capabilities for SMB’s business-critical Exchange environments. Published on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 | Deni Connor
  • Lone Star Victory: Dell Chooses QLogic Fibre Channel over Ethernet CNAs

    QLogic’s announcement this month that Dell will OEM its 8100 Series Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) and embed them into its Dell PowerEdge rack, tower and rack-mounted servers is a victory for the company that was the first vendor to introduce and ship single-chip Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters. Published on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 | Deni Connor
  • InfiniBand Three-Peat: QLogic Trumps the Market

    QLogic's announcements this month that its QDR InfiniBand adapters have been chosen by IBM, Dell and HP for high-performance computing (HPC) connectivity signals an important milestone – that all three of the largest systems manufactures will use QLogic InfiniBand products with their HPC deployments. Published on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 | Deni Connor
  • Again! QLogic Inks Another Design Win with IBM for its Converged Network Adapters

    QLogic this month strengthened its converged networking position with the announcement that IBM will integrate the company’s single-chip QL8100 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) with IBM Power Systems’ POWER6-based tower, rack-mount and blade servers. QLogic is the only vendor to experience multiple design wins for its native, single-chip Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) CNAs. Earlier this year, the company’s 8100 Series CNAs were integrated with IBM’s x86-based System x servers and BladeCenter blade servers and are the exclusive CNA integrated across NetApp’s portfolio of unified storage systems. Published on Sunday, October 18th, 2009 | Deni Connor
  • Adaptec MaxIQ is the simple storage accelerator

    A recent article described a major social media site’s disappointing results with the latest generation of multi-core servers. Further analysis indicated that in virtualized environments such as VMware, Xen and Hyper-V, the CPU is usually not the bottleneck. Improvements in storage speed have not kept pace with the rapidly improving CPUs. Described as the storage performance gap, the inability of hard disk drives (HDDs) to keep up with the workload is a tough problem for organizations that have relied on server improvements to offset the growth demands. Published on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 | Jim Bagley
  • Storspeed’s Application-aware caching: storage performance independent of capacity

    Storspeed’s introduction of the SP5000 Application-Aware Caching appliance marks an important crossroad for IT managers – ‘Do I spend money for storage capacity when what I really want is to increase the performance of my storage or do I look for a solution that lets me scale performance independently of capacity by looking to the network and applications running on it.’ Published on Sunday, September 6th, 2009 | Deni Connor
  • Overland Storage rolls out a business continuity, disaster recovery appliance

    Overland Storage in July bolstered its end-to-end data protection family with the introduction of a data replication appliance targeted at small and mid-sized businesses. The REO Business Continuity Appliance steps in to fill a much needed part of Overland’s storage portfolio – disaster recovery and business continuance. It complements Overland’s continuum of data protection products – tape, disk-based systems, snapshot, near-continuous data protection, and now, real-time business continuity. Published on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 | Deni Connor
  • Adaptec Series 5Z RAID Controllers lose the batteries

    Adaptec rolled out this month a family of RAID controllers – the Series 5Z RAID Controller with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection -- which eliminate backup batteries and still provide superior performance and reliability. Why is this important? In three decades of designing portable computing products, my standard comeback to what I’ve learned is that ‘I hate batteries. I really hate batteries.’ Batteries are made out of nasty stuff, wear out, need recharging circuits, cost a lot of money and never work when you really need them. So any system that eliminates batteries, in my experience, is a Really Good Thing. Published on Monday, June 15th, 2009 | Jim Bagley
  • QLogic’s 10Gbit Intelligent Ethernet adapters speed processing, optimize application versatility

    QLogic’s entry into the Ethernet adapter market this week is highly significant because it completes the company’s data center strategy – that of providing full data center connectivity with Fibre Channel host bus adapters, Fibre Channel over Ethernet Converged Network Adapters, InfiniBand host channel adapters and now, intelligent 10Gbit Ethernet adapters – something no other network adapter vendor has done to date. Published on Monday, June 1st, 2009 | Deni Connor