QLogic Confirms Market Readiness of FCoE Products At FCIA Plugfest; First Commercially Available Converged Network Adapters to Result in Cost Savings for the Data Center While Preserving Investments in Fibre Channel
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 22, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced successful testing of its 8000 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) at the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)-sponsored plugfest, conducted at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) last week. The QLogic 8000 Series, the world’s first commercially available FCoE CNAs, successfully interoperate with all Fibre Channel and FCoE products provided by other industry-leading plugfest participants. With support from the FCIA as well as major server, storage and networking companies, FCoE products are becoming available in the marketplace and adoption is expected to be swift. QLogic FCoE CNAs consolidate data and storage networking traffic onto a single 10GbE converged network adapter, resulting in significant cost savings for customers while preserving their existing investments in Fibre Channel storage and tools.
“The FCIA plugfest further confirms what we learned in June at the QLogic FCoE Test Drive. FCIA plugfest participants found that their hardware products and software applications easily recognized Fibre Channel and FCoE devices because the FCoE network appeared to their products as simply another Fibre Channel network,” said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “We expect to see live end user deployment of FCoE solutions from industry leaders in 2009.”
“This is the first time that many of the industry’s major server, storage and networking vendors have entered into formal interoperability testing under the FCIA and UNH,” said Chris Lyon, executive director of the FCIA. “Their participation in the FCIA plugfest demonstrates a strong commitment to the rapid development and release of FCoE products. Customers stand to benefit greatly from the ability to easily run their network and storage traffic over a single, 10GbE converged fabric that seamlessly interoperates with their existing Fibre Channel devices.”
Fibre Channel over Ethernet — Unifying Data and Storage Networks
FCoE, the standard for transporting Fibre Channel frames over Ethernet, is designed to make converged networks possible for data centers. With converged networks now on the way to becoming a reality, servers will no longer require separate interfaces for data and storage networking. IT professionals can increase functionality while reducing cost and complexity by using a single set of cables and switches.
QLogic 8000 Series CNAs — Make Your Converged Network Fly
The QLogic(r) 8000 Series is a family of converged network adapters designed for next-generation, virtualized and unified data centers with powerful multi-processor, multi-core servers. QLogic 8000 Series CNAs are optimized for both data and storage (FCoE) networking virtualization with fierce 10GbE performance to handle large numbers of virtual machines. QLogic 8000 Series CNAs also reduce data center total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling consolidation of data and storage networking onto a single adapter to reduce cabling, power and cooling. By using the same industry standard SAN services and QLogic driver architecture already deployed with the largest installed base of Fibre Channel HBAs in the world, the QLogic 8000 Series CNAs completely protect customer investments in their existing Fibre Channel SANs.
QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, which include the controller chips, host adapters and fabric switches that are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel adapters, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI adapters and iSCSI routers. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging high performance computing market. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises around the world via its channel partner community. QLogic products are also powering solutions from leading companies such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, NetApp and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.
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