QLogic Expands 'Adaptive Convergence' with New Switch, Routers

Posted on September 29, 2011 By Stuart J. Johnston

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Following up on its Adaptive Convergence strategy, which debuted last year, QLogic this week announced new switches, adapters, and routers designed to simplify network and storage migration using 16 gigabit (16 Gb) Fibre Channel or 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) converged networks.

QLogic's (NASDAQ: QLGC) new portfolio of connectivity products provides any-to-any connectivity for service-based IT environments, according to QLogic.

"By building TCP/IP, iSCSI, FCoE [Fibre Channel over Ethernet] and native Fibre Channel all into a complete portfolio, we are enabling enterprises and cloud computing service providers to create networks without having to worry about future migration paths," Simon Biddiscombe, president and CEO of QLogic, said in a statement.

The new offerings include a multi-protocol Universal Access Point switch, dubbed the UA5900, as well as QLogic's next-generation iSR intelligent Storage Router.

"Organizations with an immediate need to expand their storage area networking (SAN) infrastructure can deploy the UA5900 as a pure 16 Gb Fibre Channel switch providing scalability, port density and cost-per-port advantages not found in existing Fibre Channel products," the statement said.

QLogic's statement went on to say that entry-level configurations start with as few as 24 small form factor pluggable device ports and can grow to an unprecedented 68 device ports per single rack unit, via "pay-as-you-grow" port licenses.

Meanwhile, the iSR storage router has been designed to provide SAN-over-WAN connectivity for business continuity and disaster recovery, as well as a flexible, comprehensive data migration solution for enterprise-class data centers, the company said.

Additionally, QLogic announced a new FlexSuite network adapter engineered to power native 16 GbFC or 10 GbE converged networks from the same hardware.

"FlexSuite PCIe generation 3.0-compliant adapters, powered by the new controller, are currently sampling to major tier-one server and storage OEMs and will be available in a wide variety of form factors," QLogic's statements said. It also features support for major virtualization technologies.

QLogic first announced its Adaptive Convergence strategy last October.

"The ability to dynamically shift workloads onto different protocols can be particularly beneficial for third-party services providers, cloud providers, and in virtualized data centers," a QLogic spokesperson said at the time.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.


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