8200 Series Delivers QLogic's Industry-Leading Hardware Offload Capabilities
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jun 21, 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 Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 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.
"QLogic 3GCNA technology is being adopted by leading storage OEMs such as Hitachi because it offers protocol flexibility on the same hardware over Ethernet which is ubiquitous across SMB and enterprise data centers," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "Leveraging our many years of leadership in iSCSI offload, QLogic's 8200 Series converged controller allows a seamless migration path for customers from 1GbE to 10GbE and greatly simplifies network design while increasing scalability without additional complexity and overhead."
"The iSCSI array market has grown steadily over the past several years, surpassing $2.7 billion in end user spending in 2010, a 45 percent gain from 2009," Natalya Yezhkova, research director, storage systems, IDC. "With the emergence of 10Gb iSCSI SANs and the continuous customer demand for cost-effective network storage solutions, especially for virtualized server environments, we expect the iSCSI array segment will remain one of the fastest growing market segments over the next 5 years."
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.
"QLogic has deep storage expertise, spanning more than a decade in the storage networking arena, which was a primary reason we selected their design for 10Gb iSCSI," said Kenji Fujita, department manager, Disk Array Hardware Development Dept. II, Disk Array Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd. "Today's virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments demand 10GbE bandwidth. By integrating QLogic 3GCNA technology into our AMS arrays, Hitachi is able to deliver 10Gb iSCSI storage solutions that are built on the same driver stack as our other QLogic-based solutions for maximum interoperability."
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
-- VMflex: advanced virtualization services
-- FlexOffload(TM): multiple protocol offload services
QLogic 8200 Series 10GbE adapters offer ultra-low CPU utilization, freeing up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of VMs. QLogic 3GCNA adapters are fully interoperable with all existing LAN, NAS and SAN environments and support nearly every hypervisor, operating system and boot environment. The entire portfolio is managed by QLogic ConvergeConsole(TM), which provides multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE and IP functions 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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