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January 21st, 2020

HPE Reseller Relies on Marvell FastLinQ & QLogic for I/O Connectivity

By Graham Forrest, Server and Storage Practice Lead, Enterprise Group

gforrest@dtpgroup.co.uk
DTP Group, Leeds UK

Being a trusted advisor to our customers means making sure what we recommend, configure and install works as expected. That’s why here at DTP, we recommend Marvell® QLogic® Fibre Channel and Marvell FastLinQ® Ethernet I/O for all our server and storage connectivity solutions.

The DTP Group has over 30 years of experience in delivering technology and solutions to our customers. We only recommend HPE for server, storage and networking solutions because we know the technology, get great support from the HPE organization and trust the HPE brand. Within the HPE portfolio, there are technology choices that need to be considered, especially when it comes to I/O connectivity. HPE makes a variety Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity options available that they source from several different manufacturers. After evaluating all of them, the DTP PreSales and Technical teams have chosen to standardize on 10/25/50GbE based on Marvell FastLinQ technology and on 16GFC and 32GFC based on Marvell QLogic technology.

We find that Marvell’s advanced features help us future-proof our customers to ensure the products they are buying today have the connectivity features needed for deploying next-generation NVMe-enabled storage, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined storage solutions. Features like dual-port isolation in QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs from Marvell ensure predictable and reliable SAN performance. Marvell FastLinQ Ethernet technology for HPE includes features like storage offload for iSCSI and universal RDMA, with support for both RoCE and iWARP protocols, ensures maximum flexibility in the Nimble storage and HCI solutions that we design and deliver to our customers.

The choice of I/O technology goes well beyond the feature set and the speeds and feeds on the data sheets or marketing literature.  We find that not only does Marvell technology “just work” in all the mainstream enterprise operating system environments and applications, but should we have a problem (which isn’t very often), the Marvell team supporting HPE partners like us are readily available to help. The HPE team at Marvell engages with us in the field and at all the major technology events. Having solid relationships and knowing that when you email or call with a question or issue, you will get a quick response, this is very important in the world of solution providers. Marvell clearly understands this and their HPE-focused team makes themselves readily available to help us and even helps us get things escalated within HPE when required.

In addition, Marvell goes above and beyond what other technology providers make available in the way of education and training. Their Follow the Wire program is a best-in-class platform for providing up-to-date information, training and educational resources. Marvell’s program provides incentives for our team to stay current, access the latest collateral, view on-demand videos, and attend live webinars and webinar replays. This keeps information about new and emerging features readily available at your fingertips.

Bottom line is, at The DTP Group, we rely on more than what you can find on the data sheet or in a line card when we make our decisions on what technology to recommend and who to partner with. This enables us to be more prepared, understand the technology better and ultimately deliver better solutions, service and support for our customers. That’s why we continue to work closely with Marvell. If you are having challenges getting questions answered, getting trained and educated or getting support in general from your I/O technology partners, you might consider Marvell as well.

 

December 12th, 2019

Marvell and HPE Introduce Industry Standard Adapters for HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen10 Plus Servers

By Todd Owens, Technical Marketing Manager, Marvell

Innovation can come in many forms. Sometimes it’s with a completely new technology, sometimes with updating an existing product and in other cases, just by changing the approach to how you acquire and deliver a product. It is the latter that is the latest innovation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) when it comes to I/O connectivity.

In conjunction with the launch of HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen10 Plus servers, the HPE Server I/O Options team developed a new approach for sourcing and qualifying Ethernet adapters for these servers. Deploying what they call Industry Standard Adapters, HPE can now better meet the needs of their end customers with an increased number of options when it comes to firmware and driver updates for their Ethernet adapters in HPE servers.

Traditionally, HPE would source I/O technology from OEM suppliers such as Marvell, create customer model numbers and specifications for adapters and make firmware and drives only available from HPE. These “custom” adapters were often referred to as HPE-optimized. Starting with Gen10 Plus servers, HPE is eliminating the customization and using standard adapters that can work not only in HPE servers, but in others as well. Hence the term “Industry Standard Adapters.”

Marvell is glad to be a strategic partner of HPE, providing a wide variety of Marvell® FastLinQ® adapters that are fully qualified and supported by HPE on the HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus servers. Below are the current offerings from Marvell for HPE Gen10 Plus servers.

HPE Part Number Model Name Product Description
P08437-B21 QL41132HLRJ HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HLRJ Adapter
P10103-B21 QL41132HQRJ HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HQRJ OCP3 Adapter
P21933-B21 QL41132HLCU HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HLCU Adapter
P08452-B21 QL41132HQCU HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HQCU OCP3 Adapter
P10094-B21 QL41134HLCU HPE Ethernet 10GbE 4-port SFP+ QL41134HLCU Adapter
P22702-B21 QL41232HLCU HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HLCU Adapter
P10118-B21 QL41232HQCU HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HQCU OCP3 Adapter

 

With the new approach, HPE Gen10 Plus customers can see the Marvell model numbers in the HPE product description and identify the Marvell vendor and product IDs at server boot. Then they will be directed to Marvell for detailed specifications, user guides, technical briefs and even firmware and/or driver downloads.  The support model will not change and HPE will continue to provide level 1 – 3 support. The new approach will benefit HPE customers in a number of ways:

  • Transparency of the specific type of product and model information – eliminates having to use complex decoder aides or other documentation to determine real manufacturer.
  • Consistency in product/model naming on Operating System HCLs that saves time cross-checking I/O and operating system compatibility.
  • Faster time-to-market for firmware/driver enhancements and updates to get fixes when they are available from the manufacturer.
  • Ability to streamline maintenance process across multi-vendor server environments and get firmware/drivers direct from manufacturer websites.

For those HPE ProLiant customers who prefer utilizing HPE-specific deployment software and utilities like HPE System Insight Manager (SIM), System Update Manager (SUM) or Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP), HPE will also make firmware and drivers available through their normal quarterly processes.

The Marvell portfolio for HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus includes PCIe and OCP 3.0 form factor adapters in 1/10GBASE-T, 10Gb SFP+ and 10/25GbE SFP28 variants. All these adapters support Marvell’s industry-leading list of features and capabilities, including:

  • Universal RDMA: allows customers to run RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) or iWARP RDMA concurrently.
  • SmartAN™ technology: automatically sets bandwidth and forward error correction settings of the adapter to match the switch it is connected to and the cable type being used.
  • Redfish PLDM: provides integrated remote monitoring and management of thermal environment and other adapter data.
  • Marvell FastLinQ QCS Management Utility: available as GUI, CLI, VMware plug-in or PowerShell Kit for maximum flexibility.
  • DPDK Offload: up to 68Mpps bi-directional small packet acceleration.
  • SR-IOV offload for virtual server environments.
  • Tunnel Offloads: VXLAN, NVGRE, GENEVE.
  • NVMe over fabric: for high performance SDS/HCI or shared storage connectivity.
  • IEEE 1588 Energy Efficient Ethernet
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 and OCP 3.0 form factors

For more details on Marvell’s FastLinQ adapters, download the family product brief here.

For more information on Universal RDMA, SmartAN technology and other unique Marvell FastLinQ capabilities, visit our Follow the Wire Video library here https://connect.marvell.com/hpe-videos.

November 5th, 2019

Marvell Completes Acquisition of Avera Semi

By Stacey Keegan, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Marvell

Today marks the close of the acquisition of Avera Semi.

Avera brings over two decades of expertise developing custom ASIC solutions for the infrastructure market, further enabling Marvell to offer a full suite of leading semiconductor solutions. With this acquisition, Marvell will provide the complete spectrum of product architectures spanning standard, semi-custom to full ASIC solutions. We are proud to offer world class custom ASIC design services to our OEM partners.

To learn more, read our latest press release: https://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=11497.

September 19th, 2019

Marvell Completes Acquisition of Aquantia

By Stacey Keegan, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Marvell

Marvell today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Aquantia.

Aquantia pioneered Multi-Gig technology – now the basis for high speed networking in a broad range of applications from enterprise campuses to autonomous cars.  Their portfolio complements Marvell’s industry-leading PHYs, switches and processors, creating an unparalleled networking platform and enabling customers to develop systems that span megabits to terabits per second. To learn more, read our latest press release https://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=11257.

September 16th, 2019

Marvell’s Advanced Wireless Technology Among First to be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™

By Prabhu Loganathan, Senior Director of Marketing for Connectivity Business Unit, Marvell

Wi-Fi Alliance® the industry alliance responsible for driving certification efforts worldwide to ensure interoperability and standards for Wi-Fi® devices, today announced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™, the industry certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard.  Marvell’s 88W9064 (4×4) and 88W9068 (8×8) Wi-Fi 6 solutions are among the first to be Wi-Fi 6 certified and have been selected to be included in the Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability test bed.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ ensures interoperability and an improved user experience across all devices running IEEE 802.11ax technology.  Wi-Fi 6 benefits both the 5 and 2.4 GHz bands, incorporating major fundamental enhancements like Multi-User MIMO, OFDMA, 1024-QAM, BSS coloring and Target Wait Time.

Wi-Fi 6 delivers faster speeds with low latency, high network utilization, and power saving technologies that provide substantial benefits spanning all the way from high density enterprises to enabling battery operated low power IoT devices.

Marvell played a leading role in shaping Wi-Fi 6 and enabling Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 to ensure seamless interoperability and drive rapid adoption in the market place.  Wi-Fi Alliance forecasts that over 1.6 billion devices supporting Wi-Fi 6 will be shipped worldwide by 2020.  Marvell is at the forefront of this wave enabling our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 products to be designed into exciting new products spanning infrastructure access, premium client and automotive markets.

For more information, you can visit www.marvell.com/wireless.

August 28th, 2019

Women Leaders Assemble in Silicon Valley to Talk About Gender Equality in Business

By Stacey Keegan, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Marvell

Monday, August 26, marked the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment being signed into law and granting American women the constitutional right to vote.  To commemorate the impending 100-year celebration, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group kicked off a series of organized events meant to honor women trailblazers and host a call to women leaders from all walks of life.  Built into our core values around diversity and equality, empowering women to be leaders is important to Marvell and its executive leadership team, and the company was a proud sponsor of Monday’s event.

The day-long series of panel discussions celebrating the achievements of women since the suffrage movement took place at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View and was filled with some of the most accomplished women in Silicon Valley and the country.

Monday’s event featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking woman in U.S. politics and second in line to the presidency, Anna Eshoo, the Democratic congresswoman, whose district includes Moffett Field, and NASA astronaut, Megan McArthur, focused more broadly on women leadership and the state of gender equality in business.

The day included a panel called Women in Innovation and another named Women Leaders Across Generations, each moderated and filled with some of the top women at local and national companies like Silicon Valley Bank, Ripple, eBay, AT&T, Genentech, NASA, Marvell, Micron, and the San Francisco 49ers. Marvell’s Chief Compliance Officer, Regan MacPherson, moderated the latter during which science and tech executives used their own experiences to frame a conversation on how far women have come and how far they still must go.

July 25th, 2019

Marvell Recognized for Arm-based Server CPU Leadership

By Kumar Sankaran, Senior Director, Product Management, Marvell

Marvell has been selected by IT Brand Pulse’s 2019 IT pro voting as the leader in Arm®-based server CPUs. In a clean sweep across all categories, Marvell’s ThunderX® was voted as the leader in market, price, performance, reliability, service and support, and innovation. The results are based on an independent, non-sponsored survey given to IT professionals on server products. The survey is conducted once a year by IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure.

Marvell® ThunderX® processors, based on the Armv8-A architecture, bring industry-leading compute and memory performance as well as technology innovation backed by a rich ecosystem of more than 70+ partners. As the most widely supported and deployed Arm-based server processor in the world, Marvell ThunderX processors power High-Performance Computing, Cloud and Edge applications.