Best data storage products 2011

Networking equipment

The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com networking equipment 2011 Products of the Year category covers switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), network interface cards (NICs) and security devices.

Our top product choices in this category are a fabric adapter that can partition individual physical adapters into as many as 16 virtual host bus adapters or virtual network interface cards, a SAN switch that offers 16 Gbps Fibre Channel support and a wide-area network optimization system.

UPDATE: Get the winners in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 networking category.

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Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter

Gold Winner 2011 POYThe Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter helps speed performance in virtualized environments by leveraging hypervisor multi-queue technologies such as VMware NetQueue and Microsoft Virtual Machine Queue for full Fibre Channel over Ethernet protocol and packet classification, and sorting offload from the hypervisor for better CPU efficiency. It also incorporates a built-in virtual Layer 2 Ethernet switch to offload inter-virtual machine traffic switching tasks from the hypervisor.

Brocade 6510 SAN Switch

Silver Winner 2011 POYThe Brocade 6510 SAN Switch is the first storage-area network (SAN) switch operating under the new 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard. Among the product's other features are in-flight compression and encryption, and the inclusion of Diagnostic Ports (D_Ports) that let admins identify and isolate optics and cable problems.

Infineta Data Mobility Switch

Bronze Winner 2011 POYThe Infineta Data Mobility Switch (DMS) is a hardware-based, wide-area network (WAN) optimization product with an architecture built around a non-blocking switch plane. DMS can be configured to guarantee minimum data rates for individual classes of service, and customers can also allocate “protected circuits” for their bandwidth-intensive, latency-sensitive applications over their existing WAN links.