QLogic Enables Mix-and-Match Data Center Networking

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-08 Print this article Print

The new products feature the new 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters, 3200 Series 10GbE intelligent Ethernet adapters and a converged LAN-on-motherboard (cLOM) package.

Storage networking provider QLogic on Oct. 7 came out with a new 10GbE converged networking product line that enables network admins to use any one-- or a combination--of various data center protocols to get workloads done.

The new group of products, codenamed 3GCNA, is based on Gen 3 of QLogic's Network Plus architecture and features the new 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters, 3200 Series 10GbE intelligent Ethernet adapters and a converged LAN-on-motherboard (cLOM) package.

QLogic Product Marketing Manager John Spencer told eWEEK that the new set of products represents several converged networking industry "firsts," because they can run offloaded Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI and/or IP traffic separately or concurrently; they can perform switch-agnostic, virtual machine (VM)-to-VM communication within physical machines; and they can deploy quad 1GbE and dual 10GbE ports from a single chip.

"No one else in the business offers this kind of flexibility," Spencer told eWEEK.

The 3GCNA line, according to QLogic, introduces four I/O interconnect capabilities: ConvergeFlex: Concurrent Protocol Processing Services; VMflex: Advanced Virtualization Services; FlexOffload: Multiple Protocol Offload Services; SecureFlex: Data Security Services.

"Now customers can shift workloads from an iSCSI SAN to an FCoE SAN without rebooting servers or waiting for an outage window," said John Webster, senior analyst and partner, Evaluator Group. "This represents a level of network convergence above and beyond anything else in the marketplace today."

QLogic's flex ports technology for converged network switches enabled customers to shift protocol support on-the-fly, making protocol-agnostic data mobility a reality, said Bob Laliberte, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. 

"Shifting protocol support on-the-fly will be important to those organizations needing to dynamically support a multitude of different workloads without disruption," Laliberte said.

"Service providers and large enterprises should especially benefit from this adaptive design that enables them to deploy variable connectivity options in a dynamic way across the data center."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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