NetApp Teams With QLogic to Deliver First Native FCoE SAN Storage Solution; Converged Network Adapter From QLogic Integrated Into NetApp Storage Systems
DALLAS, Oct. 14, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Storage Networking World — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the world’s first FCoE storage array from NetApp is powered by QLogic. Converged Network Adapter (CNA) technology from QLogic is embedded in storage arrays from NetApp to offer a single interface to converged networks, providing customers with the storage and networking combination needed to augment and enhance their data center environments. In addition, QLogic 8000 Series CNAs have been qualified by NetApp for server connectivity to converged fabrics with NetApp(r) storage.
“NetApp and QLogic have worked closely together and with leading members of the FCoE ecosystem for more than a year to make FCoE networks a reality,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for NetApp. “By extending Fibre Channel into the Ethernet environment, FCoE gives businesses the ability to unify storage and data networks, streamline IT operations and improve staff productivity.”
“The industry’s first native FCoE storage systems from NetApp are a major milestone in the advance of converged networks,” said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “With QLogic 8000 Series adapters, NetApp native FCoE storage systems make it possible for IT executives to implement end-to-end FCoE networks for the first time.”
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 FCoE Converged Network Adapters — Make Your Network Fly
The QLogic 8000 Series is a family of converged network adapters designed to unify data center networks. With 10GbE performance, QLogic 8000 Series CNAs are optimized for both data and storage networking in large-scale enterprises using powerful, multi-processor, multi-core servers. QLogic 8000 Series CNAs consolidate data and storage networking onto a single adapter to reduce cabling, power and cooling, which lowers total cost of ownership (TCO). QLogic has the largest installed base of Fibre Channel HBAs in the world and QLogic 8000 Series CNAs leverage that proven driver architecture. That’s why QLogic 8000 Series CNAs plug-and-play with existing Fibre Chanel SANs and fully protect customers’ investments.
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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