The testing, conducted by IT Brand Pulse, focused on IOPS and throughput performance with the most prevalent, real-world business applications, including e-mail and databases in both Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI environments. The test results showed that the Brocade CNAs provided the easiest path for connecting servers to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LANs and to iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs.
"The test demonstrated without a doubt that Brocade CNAs outperform competing products from Emulex, Intel and QLogic in terms of performance, throughput and ease of migration to converged networks," said Frank Berry, CEO and Senior Analyst, Unified Networking Practice at IT Brand Pulse. "Our analysis shows that Brocade is the only vendor to live up to the promise of simplifying the migration process for the end user. They provided ease of driver installation and one software tool, Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager, to configure and manage the FCoE environment, from CNA to switch. Brocade truly offers an end-to-end solution for FCoE."
Two of the most prevalent applications in use today are Microsoft Exchange and Oracle databases. Both are I/O-intensive applications and require an infrastructure capable of supporting high I/O rates in a sustained manner and at block sizes that Microsoft Exchange and Oracle databases best operate within, namely 4KB and 8KB. According to IT Brand Pulse performance test results, the Brocade CNAs generated significantly more IOPS and better overall throughput than the competition across the relevant application block sizes in both FCoE and iSCSI environments.
In fact, Brocade CNAs provided up to 131 percent higher IOPS at 8KB when compared to the competition. These findings demonstrate that the Brocade CNAs are better suited for the demanding performance requirements of industry-leading applications.