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There has been a very famous tale of a security issue in the news lately.  Others have done a great job explaining it, so I won't even dare to even try.   Some people are concerned that Intel® Ethernet products might be at risk.  Coming to this blog is a great first step, but there is a much better place for you to look.  Intel® Product Security Center.  It lists all the advisories that Intel is currently tracking.  A great resource, it has clear version and update suggestions for products that have issues.  It even has a mailing list option so you can get updates when they come out.  The one in the news is listed as Multiple Intel Software Products and API Services impacted by CVE-2014-0160, and !spoilers alert! Intel Ethernet doesn't have any products listed.  If we did have any security related issues, you would find them there.  I strongly suggest you add the Intel® Product Security Center to your bookmarks, and sign up for the e-mail.  Vigilance is the first step to better security, and Intel tries to make it easier for busy IT professionals to stay informed.

The following blog post was originally published on NetApp’s SANbytes blog to commemorate the launch of the NetApp X1120A-R6 10-BASE-T adapter – the latest milestone in the long and fruitful relationship between the companies. We’re reposting it here because it's a good overview of the state of the art in Ethernet storage networking.

 

When two leaders like Intel and NetApp work together on storage networking, the industry should expect big things. Intel® Xeon® processor-based storage systems from NetApp, for example, are delivering new levels of performance for customers around the world who are trying to keep up with the ever-increasing amounts of data generated by their users and applications. Intel and NetApp have also collaborated on many engineering efforts to improve performance of storage protocols including iSCSI and NFS.

 

This week’s announcement of the NetApp X1120A-R6 10GBASE-T adapter, which is based on the Intel® Ethernet Controller X540, is another significant development for Ethernet-based storage. Virtualization and converged data and storage networking have been key drivers of the migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), and NetApp was an early adopter of the technology. Today, many applications are optimized for 10GbE. VMware vSphere, for example,
allows vMotion (live migration) events to use up to eight Gigabits of bandwidth and move up to eight virtual machines simultaneously. These actions rely on high-bandwidth connections to network storage systems.

 

10 Gigabit connectivity in these systems isn’t new, so why is the NetApp X1120A-R6 adapter special? For starters, it’s the first 10GBASE-T adapter supported by NetApp storage systems (including the FAS3200, FAS6200,
and the new FAS8000 lines), and we believe 10GBASE-T will have a huge appeal to data center managers who are looking to upgrade from one Gigabit Ethernet to a higher-speed network. 

 

There are a few key reasons for this:

 

  • 10GBASE-T allows IT to use their existing Category 6/6A twisted-pair copper cabling. And for new installations, this cabling is far more cost-effective than other options.
  • Distance flexibility: 10GBASE-T supports distances up to 100 meters and can be field-terminated, making it a great choice for short or long connections in the data center.
  • Backwards-compatibility: Support for one Gigabit Ethernet (1000GBASE-T) allows for easy, phased migrations to 10GbE.

The NetApp X1120A-R6 adapter gives data center operators a new option for cost-effective and flexible high-performance networking. For the first time, they’ll be able to use 10GBASE-T to connect from server to switch
to storage system.

 

Intel and NetApp have worked together to drive the market transition to 10GbE unified networking for many years, and this announcement is another example of our commitment to bringing these technologies to our customers.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of 10GBASE-T, here are a couple of great resources:

 

 

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Intel is pleased to announce the Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series for the Open Compute Project.

 

Available in both single and dual-port SKU’s, these adapters deliver a proven, reliable solution for deployments of Ethernet for high bandwidth, low cost, 10GbE network connections.  Increased I/O performance with Intel® Data Direct I/O Technology (DDIO) and support for intelligent offloads make this adapter a perfect match for scaling performance on Intel® Xeon® processor E5/E7 based servers.

 

The best-selling Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series is known for its high performance, low latency, reliability, and flexibility.  The addition of the Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series for Open Compute Project to the family delivers all the X520 capabilities, in an Open Compute Project (OCP) form factor.  The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a Facebook* initiative to openly share custom data center designs to improve both cost and energy efficiency across the industry.  The OCP uses a minimalist approach to system design thereby reducing complexity and cost, allowing data centers to scale out more effectively.  By publishing the designs and specifications of this low-power, low-cost hardware, it can reduce the cost of infrastructure for businesses large and small.

 

For more information on the Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 for Open Compute Project, visit:  http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/converged-network-adapters/server-adapter-x520-da1-da2-for-ocp-brief.html

 

For more general information on the Open Compute Project initiative, visit:  http://opencompute.org/

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