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Data storage infrastructure might be the least sexy yet most important category in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2013 Products of the Year award competition, and this year we have four strong finalist products. However, only one award will be given in the category this year.
These products put the "network" in networked storage and often figure in the first steps to improved storage performance across the environment. The products eligible for consideration in this category include switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), network interface cards, security devices, converged network adapters, virtual networking and I/O products, and WAN-optimization products.
Emulex Corp. LightPulse LPe16004 Quad-port Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBA
The LightPulse LPe16004 quad-port HBA is Emulex's fifth-generation Fibre Channel (FC) HBA with PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 support. The product also has a multi-core architecture that can increase or decrease resources between ports for up to 1.2 million IOPS per port and 2.4 million IOPS per adapter in big data and highly virtualized environments.
QLogic Corp. FabricCache 10000 Series Adapters
QLogic's FabricCache 10000 series FC SAN adapters combine an FC adapter, intelligent caching and I/O management on a PCIe flash card to pool server-side caching resources for clustered applications and virtual machine sharing.
Riverbed Technology Granite 2.5
The Riverbed Technology Granite 2.5 storage delivery product enables organizations to consolidate servers and storage into central data centers while providing remote offices with fast and reliable provisioning, protection and recovery services. Granite version 2.5 includes the physical or virtual Granite Core appliance and the new Granite Edge remote-office physical appliance.
Silver Peak Inc. VRX Software Product Line
Silver Peak's VRX data acceleration software provides up to 1.5 TB per hour of off-site data replication by utilizing its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture to overcome bandwidth, distance and other common network challenges.