Dell and QLogic Drive Next-Generation Server I/O Virtualization With Switch-Agnostic NIC Partitioning, Based on QLogic VMflex Technology
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 24, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs) are now offered within a broad range of Dell PowerEdge blade servers. QLogic(R) 8200 Series adapters excel in cloud computing environments, utilizing QLogic's unique ConvergeFlex technology, which enables convergence of storage and data networking over 10Gb Ethernet through concurrent multi-protocol support, including TCP/IP, FCoE, and iSCSI on the same hardware.
Dell and QLogic are driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with switch-agnostic NIC partitioning, based on QLogic VMflex technology, which virtualizes physical 10GbE ports into virtual ports, each capable of iSCSI, FCoE or TCP/IP protocols and allows for VM-to-VM communication within physical machines, without using switches, resulting in lower latencies and increased performance for virtualized data centers. QLogic's field-proven and interoperable iSCSI and FCoE solutions, including boot-from-SAN features, offer cloud service providers and the converged enterprise the industry's lowest CPU utilization while running multiple, simultaneous protocols.
"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," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "These QLogic 3GCNA adapters provide the first concurrent, multi-protocol convergence solution for Dell blade server environments."
Unlike competitive I/O virtualization solutions which are switch-dependent, VMflex is protocol- and switch-agnostic in multiple operating system and hypervisor environments, including VMware, making all virtualization-friendly features available to customers looking to consolidate hardware over 10Gb Ethernet. VMflex delivers superior networking performance to VMs in virtualized environments and lowers total-cost-of-ownership, while serving as a bridge to Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV).
"Due to the fact that it doesn't require a proprietary switch infrastructure, this unique NIC partitioning technology coupled with our PowerEdge blades gives customers a lower total-cost-of-ownership for deploying cloud computing and virtualized environments," said Brian Payne, executive director of Platform Marketing for Dell's PowerEdge Server portfolio. "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."
The entire QLogic 3GCNA portfolio is fully integrated in Dell System Management tools like Dell Universal Server Configurator and will soon be managed by Dell workload management tools. Users can also manage the portfolio using the QConvergeConsole(TM), which provides multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.
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QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
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