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QLogic Delivers 10GbE iSCSI Connectivity Solution For HP EVA Storage Systems

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jul 7, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Continuing its collaboration with leading OEMs to address the challenges of next-generation data centers, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that its 6200 Series intelligent Storage Router, branded by HP as the HP StorageWorks MPX200 Multifunction Router, is now available from HP as a 10GbE iSCSI connectivity solution for all HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) storage environments. Fully integrated with the HP StorageWorks Command View storage management console, the solution simplifies and unifies the management of Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage pools and addresses many of the challenges created by the massive proliferation of virtual machines (VMs) in the enterprise.

"Hypervisors introduce lots of small systems to manage in the form of virtual machines. When a Logical Unit Number (LUN) associated with a VM is managed by a hypervisor, this adds complexity to storage management due to fundamental changes in the way storage is managed, allocated and provisioned," said Shishir Shah, vice president and general manager, Storage Solutions Group, QLogic. "The HP MPX200 solves this issue by using initiator virtualization technology and iSCSI protocols to move all the plumbing into the guest VM's operating system such that storage management between server and storage array remains consistent with the way it was managed prior to the introduction of server virtualization. When a VM is moved, all the storage associated with the VM goes with it. This capability greatly simplifies the complexities that VMs introduce to LUN management for HP EVA customers."

Available now as an option to HP EVA storage customers, the MPX200 is integrated -- just like a drive tray-in EVA storage systems and is managed through the highly intuitive HP Command View management console. By incorporating four ports each of 10GbE iSCSI and 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel (dual blade), the multi-protocol HP MPX200 simultaneously serves FC and iSCSI operations, empowering customers to cost-effectively scale blade servers and rack servers in a number of environments, including branch office storage consolidation, application test and development, VM deployments and bandwidth aggregation.

"Customers want to maximize the number of virtual machines running on each server to drive increased availability, scalability and performance," said Kyle Fitze, director of marketing, Storage Platforms Division, HP. "With HP StorageWorks EVA and MPX200 10GbE connectivity, customers can do more with less because of its faster throughput and ease-of-use."

"Longer term, this 10GbE technology addresses 1GbE constraints, especially as the population of virtual machines increases," said Dave Vellante, president and co-founder of "More VMs means more network traffic and QLogic is making a strategic contribution to IT with the early introduction of 10GbE technology."

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