Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

QLogic to Provide FCoE CNAs for IBM Power Systems Servers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., October 20, 2009--In its second collaboration with IBM this year to bring converged networking solutions to mainstream data centers, QLogic Corp. (NSDQ:QLGC) today announced IBM (NYSE:IBM) has integrated QLogic's award-winning single chip 8100 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) for native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity into IBM's Power Systems portfolio of tower, rack-mount and blade servers. Based on IBM's industry-leading POWER6 processors, the IBM Power Systems line is a single, energy-efficient and easy-to-deploy platform for UNIX??, Linux?? and IBM i applications.

"QLogic has been racking up some rather impressive wins since it introduced its single chip CNAs in March. The latest, IBM's selection of QLogic 8142 CNAs for its Power Systems, represents an important foothold in IBM's high performance UNIX and Linux systems and further demonstrates the advantages of the QLogic 8100 series in these demanding environments," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "IBM customers will benefit from this innovative FCoE technology to deliver converged networking with optimized 10GbE performance, while minimizing the power and cooling requirements."
"Our first Power Systems design win is highly complementary to our longstanding business with other key products in the IBM server portfolio," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "As the first system vendor to integrate QLogic single chip CNAs for native FCoE connectivity across its Intel-based server portfolio--BladeCenter and System x--IBM continues along its aggressive path of innovation with today's advancements to its Power Systems line. Considered the gold standard for large-scale UNIX and Linux deployments, the addition of FCoE connectivity to the Power Systems line opens up the numerous business and technology advantages of converged networks for these enterprises."

"IBM's Power Systems such as the IBM POWER6 processor-based servers deliver industry-leading performance and a balanced system design that provides companies with flexibility and responsiveness to changing business environments," said Kelvin Hawkins, vice president, Power Systems Development, IBM. "The addition of converged networking capabilities with QLogic 8100 Series CNAs enables customers to network their Fibre Channel storage over their pervasive Ethernet infrastructure at 10Gb speeds, ensuring peak performance for critical business applications while preserving current investments, lowering connectivity costs and centralizing network management. QLogic's expertise in real-world FCoE deployments combined with IBM's vast data center solutions capabilities have resulted in new opportunities for datacenter efficiency for our most demanding UNIX and Linux clients."

"QLogic continues its stellar execution of integration of its converged networking technology with this design win as the provider of single-chip CNAs for IBM Power servers," said Tom Trainer, president, Analytico, Inc. "This is clearly a win-win-win for IBM customers, IBM and QLogic. QLogic has positioned itself as the industry's premier FCoE product provider, and continues to outmaneuver its competitors with its innovative and cost-effective design characteristics and the continual racking up of strategic design wins. It is difficult to see how competitors in this space can keep up with QLogic as it continues to advance over the competition with win after win."

Leveraging its mainframe heritage, IBM Power Systems feature Dynamic Logical Partitions (DLPARs) that enable fine-grained resource allocation to occur not only when activating a logical partition, but also while the partitions are running. Individual processors, memory regions, and I/O adapter slots can be released into a "free pool," acquired from that free pool, or moved directly from one partition to another again, in almost any quantity or combination.

  • 1