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What is a FEX?

January 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

So what is a Fabric Extender? In short, its going to change the way to network your server racks. The best way to understand the Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender, or FEX, is to view it as a remote linecard located at the top of the server rack. Why would you want to do this, you may ask?image Read More »

HP ONE — or Should We Say “Many”

Expanding or developing an ecosystem from a point product or technology solution to a broad-reaching one is always a beneficial effort from vendors for their customers. HP’s just announced Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) is certainly a logical strategy and effort to expand basic Ethernet (some might say “data center”) switching to provide a broad array of data center and application-enabling IT services — e.g. load balancing, IP security, VoIP, WAN optimization.This is a strategy Cisco has espoused — and innovated + executed on — for years with the Catalyst, Nexus, ISR and other product families…Looking DeeperHowever, to really benefit the customer, much more needs to be done than merely host other vendors’ operating systems and code on your processing hardware and physical chassis. As we all know, different IP services all do different things to data and application traffic — from firewalls and IPS’ inspecting and enforcing traffic safety, to WAN optimization compressing/de-duplicating/optimizing application protocols. Read More »

Procurve Innovations in Cloning Technology

Yes indeed- Procurve, keenly focused on invention and innovation in the networking sector and has delivered to the market what appears to be an advanced form of cloning rivaling that of genetic pioneers operating just south of San Francisco. There is some minor mutation in the process, often manifested with adverse side effects such as port loss, feature recession, and an often inflated sense of confidence. Read More »