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Dell PowerEdge Blade Servers now Offer QLogic 8200 Series 10GbE CNAs

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May 26, 2011

Dell PowerEdge Blade Servers now Offer QLogic 8200 Series 10GbE CNAs

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

QLogic has announced that its 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs) are now offered within a broad range of Dell (News - Alert) PowerEdge blade servers.

Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing for Host Solutions Group at QLogic, said that

QLogic and Dell are collaborating to bring to enterprise datacenters innovative features such as VMflex and ConvergeFlex thereby allowing seamless migration to converged infrastructure in virtualized, cloud environments.

The companies are driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with switch-agnostic NIC (News - Alert) partitioning -- based on QLogic VMflex technology -- which virtualizes physical 10GbE ports into virtual ports.

Company officials said that each virtual port is capable of iSCSI, FCoE or TCP/IP protocols and allows for VM-to-VM communication within physical machines, eliminating the need to use switches. This results in lower latencies and increased performance for virtualized data centers, said company officials.

QLogic 8200 Series adapters use the company’s ConvergeFlex technology to perform, effectively, in cloud computing environments. Company officials said this enables convergence of storage and data networking over 10Gb Ethernet via concurrent multi-protocol support, including TCP/IP, FCoE, and iSCSI on the same hardware.

Brian Payne, executive director of Platform Marketing for PowerEdge Server portfolio at Dell, said that by enabling organizations to transition from Fibre Chanel to FCoE or iSCSI over 10Gb Ethernet, the 8200 Series makes it easier to build more efficient and flexible networks.

To the cloud service providers and the converged enterprise, QLogic’s interoperable iSCSI and FCoE solutions, including boot-from-SAN features, offer lowest CPU utilization while running multiple, simultaneous protocols.

It’s seen that competitive I/O virtualization solutions are switch-dependent, but VMflex is protocol- and switch-agnostic in multiple operating system and hypervisor environments, including VMware. Company officials said that this makes all virtualization-friendly features available to customers looking to consolidate hardware over 10Gb Ethernet.

The entire QLogic 3GCNA portfolio is fully integrated in Dell System Management tools like Dell Universal Server Configurator. Company officials said that it’ll soon be managed by Dell workload management tools. Moreover, with QConvergeConsole also, users can manage the portfolio.

Earlier in April, QLogic introduced a third-generation 10GbE converged networking adapter (3GCNA) portfolio that is fully optimized for Cisco Data Center Fabric.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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