QLogic's Industry-Leading Hardware Offload Capabilities Now Featured in NEC Storage M Series
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct 11, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --
QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 8200 Series third-generation 10GbE converged networking adapter (3GCNA) technology is now shipping as an embedded target controller solution in NEC Storage M Series arrays. QLogic(R) 3GCNA single-chip-based products allow customers ranging from SMB to Enterprise, to transition from 1GbE iSCSI to 10GbE, thereby allowing organizations to meet the increasingly complex requirements of today's virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments while preserving existing IT investments.
"Our 8200 Series allows a seamless migration path for customers from 1GbE to 10GbE and greatly simplifies network design while increasing scalability without additional complexity and overhead," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "Leading storage OEMs such as NEC are adopting QLogic 3GCNA technology because we offer industry-leading iSCSI offload and protocol flexibility on the same hardware over Ethernet which is ubiquitous across SMB and enterprise data centers."
"iSCSI continues to be a popular choice among organizations who require cost-effective storage networks," said Pushan Rinnen, research director, Gartner. "The market for iSCSI arrays reached nearly $2 billion last year and we expect it will continue to prosper through 2016, thanks in large part to the emergence of 10Gb iSCSI networks." (See: Market Share: External Controller-Based Disk Storage, Worldwide, 2007-2010, T. Kros, R. Cox, April 26, 2011)
The QLogic 8200 Series' highly programmable architecture and robust feature set are well-suited for storage system OEMs. With full-featured hardware offload of 10Gb iSCSI, the QLogic 8200 Series unburdens storage systems from packet processing at high I/O rates so the system can instead focus on running applications. Additionally, the 8200 Series converged controller delivers T10 data integrity support, an increasingly important requirement among storage vendors.
"The dynamics of storage continue to evolve as digital information continues to grow with no signs of slowing down," said Chikara Suzuki, general manager of Storage Products Division, NEC Corporation. "As we move into this new era of virtualization and cloud storage, it's essential that we have the right go-to-market partners like QLogic, who can deliver solutions that address today's complex storage requirements. QLogic 3GCNA technology allows us to deliver high-performance, highly interoperable storage systems to our customers that will simplify their lives while protecting their IT investments."
QLogic 8200 Series -- 10GbE Performance with Flexibility
By delivering 10GbE performance with low CPU utilization, the QLogic 8200 Series excels in virtualized environments, utilizing QLogic's unique flexible networking technologies including:
-- ConvergeFlex: concurrent protocol processing services including FCoE, TCP/IP and iSCSI
-- FlexOffload(TM): multiple protocol offload services
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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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