QLogic Collaborates With Dell to Deliver Industry's First End-to-End 16Gb Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks

QLogic 2600 Series Provides 16Gb Fibre Channel Connectivity for Dell 12th Generation Rack, Tower and Blade Servers, and Native 16Gb Fibre Channel Connectivity for Dell Compellent Storage

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PARIS, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Dell Storage Forum) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 2600 Series Fibre Channel adapters will be used as part of Dell solutions to deliver the industry's first end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs). QLogic adapters will provide 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity for Dell 12th Generation PowerEdge™ rack, tower and blade servers, as well as native 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity for Dell Compellent Storage.

"With the world's largest installed base of Fibre Channel adapters, QLogic delivers unmatched versatility and industry-leading performance with our 2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel portfolio," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "Our long history of collaboration with Dell and our expertise in Fibre Channel networking, from server to storage, have earned us this 16Gb Fibre Channel business for Dell Compellent storage and PowerEdge blade servers. Through dramatically increased I/O and bandwidth, QLogic end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity allows Dell to provide customers with faster deployments and greatly improved application performance."

"QLogic 2600 Series adapters allow Dell to deliver first-to-market, end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel storage network solutions," said Dan McConnell, director of marketing and product management, Dell Compellent. "From host to storage, with no bottlenecks in between, Dell's end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel solution drives unprecedented application performance and provides the perfect I/O companion for state of the art Intel and AMD based servers, virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments."

Available to Dell customers in both mezzanine and standard PCIe formats, the QLogic 2600 Series provides enterprise data centers with several compelling attributes including:

  • The Ultimate in Performance: The QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel adapter handles three times the transactions (1.2 Million IOPs) and double the throughput (6000 MBps) of 8Gb Fibre Channel, thereby dramatically increasing application performance and cutting back-up times in half. QLogic 2600 Series adapters are optimized for performance in next-generation servers with support for the new PCIe 3.0 bus architecture.
  • Leadership, Confidence and Trust: The underlying QLogic Fibre Channel stack is proven in more than 13 million ports deployed in enterprise data centers around the world. QLogic's unique port-level isolation architecture adds an additional layer of reliability in dual-port configurations. Competitive offerings utilize the same resources for both ports, which means that if one port fails, both ports go offline, causing an outage. QLogic's port isolation architecture ensures that if one port should encounter issues, the second, isolated port will take over and keep data moving without interruption.
  • Pervasive Interoperability: QLogic solutions are tested and interoperable with more than 10,000 industry products. QLogic's networking stack includes pervasive support for the leading operating system (OS) platforms and hypervisors including Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESX/ESXi, Red Hat and SUSE Linux (including KVM), Solaris and Citrix XenServer. The 2600 Series shares the same Fibre Channel stack with the millions of QLogic 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel adapter ports already installed in enterprises around the globe.
  • Optimized for Virtualization: The 2600 Series provides a scalable architecture for higher virtual machine (VM) deployment per server while still providing full offload capabilities with increased bandwidth allocation to each VM. QLogic 2600 Series adapters further enhance VM mobility by increasing availability to meet peak-demand workloads.

The QLogic 2600 Series includes support for advanced features such as virtual Fibre Channel in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and management plug-ins for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. For VMware environments, the QLogic QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter, a set of software components delivered through a common information model (CIM), enables use of the same application integrated within the vCenter.

  • Powering the Cloud: The QLogic 2600 series provides fine-grained Quality of Service (QoS) and the ability to dynamically allocate bandwidth through increased support for N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV). This enables cloud deployments to provide guaranteed bandwidth with fine-grained metering.

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