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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

HP StoreFabric CNAs

Do you need to combine the functionality of a NIC (Ethernet/iSCSI) and Fibre Channel HBA onto a single adapter and reducing the number of adapters and cables and space used as well as a [reduction] in operational, power and cooling costs while preserving your existing Ethernet and Fibre Channel infrastructure? Then look into HP SF CNA's, they are a great fit in most data centers. HP StoreFabric CNA's have undergone HPE interoperability testing for connecting HPE ProLiant servers into storage and networking environments.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

Network upgrades - this is a solid, tested, well-supported NIC that does the job. If you need connectivity in a Cat5e or Cat6 building, this is your go-to. We have used it in self-built storage and servers for some time, added it to increase capacity in vendor-built storage and servers, and have upgraded higher-end PCs with this NIC in order to gain redundancy and increased performance.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

HP StoreFabric CNAs

  • By using the HP SF CNA's we the Ethernet, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel connections are consolidated onto a single converged network adapter
  • HP SF CNA's offer a wide range of connectivity on a single dependable interface adapter
  • As with most HPE products, dependability, performance and utility are the docus
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • Uses RJ45 ports, allowing you to use existing Cat6/7 infrastructure.
  • Widely supported by OSs, as to be expected with Intel adapters.
  • Relatively low cost upgrade for a massive speed boost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HP StoreFabric CNAs

  • The price is pretty high when compared to other CNA's, but we choose dependability and performance over cost
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • Missing RDMA support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

HP StoreFabric CNAs

When optimizing ethernet and fiber topos, performance is always key. HP SF CNA's outperform every other hardware platform we tested. Add in the dependability of the HP SF CNA's specifically and HPE generally then you can see why we chose HP StoreFabric CNA's.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

We've used a number of different brands and keep coming back to Intel. We've had a number of stability issues with various Broadcom NICs usually starting after installing a firmware update. Intel provides a more stable platform, which is key for our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HP StoreFabric CNAs

  • With the reduction of the number of adapters and cables and maintaining the existing Fibre and Ethernet topology thus reducing acquisition, installation and operational costs
  • Performance is high, Dependability is high = ROI is high
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • It has enabled us to affordably moved to 10gig for those who need it
  • it will enable us to affordably move the HQ network to 10gig in the near future
  • It has simplified and helped us standardize on a NIC across all device types except laptops
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

HP StoreFabric CNAs

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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