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HP adapters enable a unified network fabric

Antony Savvas
Hewlett-Packard is offering the industry's first multi-function networking adapters to provide a "unified fabric" for networks, storage and high-performance clustering over a single connection point.

The company is also providing customers with a smoother transition to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) networking technology with a product portfolio that includes a small hard drive, Raid6 availability and HP universal storage technology.

HP's SAS technology is designed to give improved performance, reliability and scalability, consume less power and offer greater configuration flexibility.

Brad Anderson, HP senior vice-president and general manager for industry standard servers, said, "New standards such as 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 adapters for PCI-X bus architectures will help reduce the complexity and costs of configuring a server infrastructure, HP said. The products are expected to be available by the end of June.

HP will work with Broadcom and Seagate to integrate the technology into upcoming Bladesystem, Integrity, Proliant and Storageworks products.

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