QLogic 3GCNA Network Adapters Now Available From Hitachi Data Systems for End-to-End 10GbE iSCSI Storage Networks

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 8200 Series 10GbE converged networking adapters (CNAs) are now available from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). QLogic's third generation (3GCNA) adapters are fully qualified for 10Gb iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) environments and are interoperable with the comprehensive HDS portfolio of storage systems, including the midrange Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 family and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) enterprise system. Paired with the 10Gb iSCSI capabilities of Hitachi AMS arrays, QLogic 8200 Series adapters enable HDS to provide customers with end-to-end 10Gb iSCSI storage networks.

Designed to address the increasingly complex requirements of virtualized data centers, cloud service providers and the converged enterprise, QLogic® 3GCNA products mark the beginning of a new era of flexible data center technologies. These environments require 10GbE line-rate throughput for virtualized data and storage traffic, support for concurrent protocols, and the ability to offload processing from the server, thereby providing more CPU resources for advanced applications and increased mobility of virtual machines (VMs). The QLogic 3GCNA portfolio addresses these requirements with products that are protocol- and OS-agnostic and support exabyte-level scalability.

"Continuing to execute on our Adaptive Convergence strategy, QLogic provides flexible network solutions for partners such as HDS to address enterprise customers' ongoing need for consolidated resources and a reduced data center footprint," said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "The adoption of our 3GCNA adapters by HDS extends our collaboration in storage networking and our mutual commitment to providing enterprises with adaptable, efficient and flexible IT environments."

"The combination of QLogic 8200 Series network adapters and the 10GbE iSCSI host ports now available on our AMS systems gives our customers end-to-end, high performance 10Gb iSCSI solutions," said Asim Zaheer, vice president, Corporate and Product Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. "QLogic's 8200 series suite of unique, flexible features enhances the broad HDS portfolio of networked storage solutions by delivering concurrent protocol processing, multi-protocol offload and advanced virtualization services."

QLogic 8200 Series – 10GbE Performance with Flexibility

By delivering 10GbE performance with low CPU utilization, the QLogic 8200 Series excels in virtualized environments, utilizing QLogic's unique flexible networking technologies including:

-- ConvergeFlex: concurrent protocol processing services including FCoE, TCP/IP and iSCSI

-- VMflex: advanced virtualization services

-- FlexOffload™: multiple protocol offload services

QLogic 3GCNA adapters are fully interoperable with all existing LAN, NAS and SAN environments and support nearly every hypervisor, operating system and boot environment. The entire portfolio is managed by QLogic ConvergeConsole™, which provides multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE and IP functions for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.

QLogic 8200 Series CNAs reduce costs and complexity for Hitachi Data Systems midrange and enterprise customers by converging their SAN and Ethernet infrastructures. By unifying IP and storage networks for HDS customers, the consolidation of server adapters reduces cabling by up to 50 percent and broadens the advantages of SANs such as LAN-free backup, business continuity, improved storage utilization, better application performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

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