HP unveils first multi-function networking adapters


HP unveils first multi-function networking adapters

Antony Savvas

HP is offering the industry's first multi-function networking adapters, which provide a "unified fabric" for networking, storage and high-performance clustering over a single connection point.

The company will also provide customers with a smoother transition to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) networking technology with a product portfolio that includes a small form factor hard drive, RAID6 availability and HP universal storage technology.

HP's SAS is designed to give customers improved performance, reliability and scalability, while delivering less power consumption and greater configuration flexibility when compared with the parallel network connections that most architectures use today.

Brad Anderson, HP senior vice-president and general manager for industry standard servers, said, "New standards like SAS and unified fabrics are a result of HP's strategy of moving the entire IT infrastructure onto a curve that is faster, better and cheaper than before."

The HP NC370F and NC370T adaptors for PCI-X bus architectures will help reduce the complexity and costs that customers experience when configuring their server infrastructure, HP said. The products are expected to be available by the end of June.

Over the next 12 months, working with partners such as Broadcom and Seagate, HP will make available these technologies in upcoming HP BladeSystem, HP Integrity, HP ProLiant and HP StorageWorks products.

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