ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- QLogic Corp. (NASDAQ:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced availability of an innovative, cost-effective suite of end-to-end 8Gb Fibre Channel networking solutions for IBM BladeCenter that includes the QLogic® 20 Port 8Gb Fibre Channel SAN Switch Module, QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Intelligent Pass-Thru Module and the QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel/1GbE combo card. With support for up to 128 virtual servers per chassis using N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV), the QLogic modules allow IBM BladeCenter customers to better leverage VMware capabilities by deploying more server applications and virtual machines in their existing chassis.
The QLogic switch solutions enable NPIV or E_port connectivity to any standards-compliant fabric, including edge and director switches from QLogic and other leading Fibre Channel switch vendors. This means customers can confidently add BladeCenter server and I/O resources throughout the enterprise, with complete interoperability. The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel/1GbE combo card (CFFh) provides space, power and cost-saving I/O connectivity for blade server customers in Global 2000 enterprises. The combo card is optimized for performance in virtualized environments, and is green-friendly with unique Dynamic Power Management and Cool HBA technologies.
These fourth-generation QLogic products give IBM BladeCenter customers easy-to-use, highly scalable solutions for expanding Fibre Channel fabrics, said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, QLogic Network Solutions Group. QLogic 8Gb networking solutions for IBM BladeCenter make it easy for businesses to use their IT budgets wisely, spending money to expand only if and when they are ready to grow.