QLogic 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Named to Storage Magazine's "Products of the
QLogic FlexSuite 2600 Series Takes Gold in Networking Equipment Category for
Performance and Ability to Transform Into 10Gb Ethernet Converged Network
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC), a
leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today
announced that Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com have awarded the QLogic
FlexSuite 2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel adapter the gold cup and The 2012
Product of the Year in the Networking Equipment category. Among all products
submitted for the Networking Equipment category this year, the QLogic 2600
Series was the only product presented with an award.
"As organizations upgrade their SANs to 16Gb Fibre Channel and 10 Gigabit
Ethernet (10GbE), networking products that are upgradeable to the newest
technologies but preserve investments in existing infrastructure will be
essential," remarked Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com. "The sixth-generation
QLogic 2600 Series Fibre Channel adapter supports 16Gb Fibre Channel
throughput per port with full hardware offload, and is backwards-compatible to
8Gb and 4Gb networks. More impressively, QLogic's 2600 Series is transformable
to a converged network adapter (CNA) to support 10GbE networks. With a single
PCI Express (PCIe) slot, you can install a host bus adapter for your 8Gb or
4Gb network, and use the same PCIe 3.0 card when you upgrade to 16Gb Fibre
Channel or 10GbE."
The Gold Cup is the highest award level presented by Storage magazine and
SearchStorage.com. Products were judged by a panel of users, analysts,
consultants, and Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com editors. Products were
rated based on innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment,
ease of use and manageability, functionality and value.
One judge commented, "CNA cards are approaching a strategic default, and the
flexibility of this card fits an unpredictable IT future." The publication
noted that a field-programmable firmware upgrade is all that's required to
transform the QLogic 2600 Series Fibre Channel adapter into a QLogic 8300
Series 10GbE CNA that supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI
The QLogic FlexSuite 2600 Series scored high marks for functionality and
performance. Editors acknowledged that the 2600 Series can provide up to 1.2
million IOPs as a full-duplex, line-rate 16Gb Fibre Channel adapter and up to
one million IOPs as a 10GbE CNA.
"The FlexSuite 2600 Series with I/O Flex technology represents the next
evolution in networking versatility and industry-leading performance," said
Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "With
the flexibility to support 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel, this
award-winning adapter makes it easy for organizations to maximize investments
in existing networks and migrate to next-generation infrastructures at their
own pace. QLogic's high-availability architecture delivers predictable
performance with increasing workloads in virtualized environments, unlike that
of our nearest competitor."
QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Fibre Channel adapters consist of several compelling
*The Ultimate in Performance: The QLogic 2600 Series handles three times
the transactions (1.2 Million IOPs) and double the throughput (6000 MBps)
of 8Gb Fibre Channel, dramatically increasing application performance and
cutting backup times in half. QLogic 2600 Series adapters are optimized
for performance in next-generation servers with support for the new PCIe
3.0 bus architecture.
*High Availability Architecture: QLogic's unique port-level isolation
architecture adds an additional layer of reliability and security, and
ensures that if one port should encounter issues, the second, isolated
port will continue to function securely and without interruption. This
enables the QLogic 2600 Series to offer secure, deterministically
predictive and scalable dual-port performance.
*Optimized for Virtualization: The QLogic 2600 Series provides a scalable
architecture for higher virtual machine (VM) deployment per server while
still providing full offload capabilities with increased bandwidth
allocation to each VM. QLogic 2600 Series adapters further enhance VM
mobility by increasing availability to meet peak-demand workloads. The
QLogic 2600 Series includes support for advanced features such as virtual
Fibre Channel (vFC) in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and uniquely provides
dynamic setting of fine-grained Quality of Service (QoS) on a per VM
*Simplified Management: QLogic QConvergeConsole (QCC) provides a single
pane of glass to remotely manage all Fibre Channel adapters and 10Gb
Ethernet converged network adapters throughout the network. The
QConvergeConsole is integrated in VMware vCenter. In addition to managing
the QLogic adapters, it simplifies the physical and logical topology
mapping of the entire virtual SAN.
*Leadership, Confidence and Trust: The underlying QLogic Fibre Channel
stack is proven in more than 13 million ports shipped to enterprise data
centers around the world.
*Pervasive Interoperability: QLogic solutions are tested and interoperable
with more than 10,000 industry products. QLogic's networking stack
includes pervasive support for the leading operating system (OS) platforms
and hypervisors including Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESX/ESXi,
Red Hat and SUSE Linux (including KVM), Solaris and Citrix XenServer. The
2600 Series shares the same Fibre Channel stack with the millions of
QLogic 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel adapter ports already installed in
enterprises around the globe.
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