QLogic Unveils FabricCache: Industry's First Caching SAN Adapter
First Solution Based on Mt. Rainier Technology Transparently Shares Cache
Performance Across Servers on the SAN
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC)
furthers its leadership position in high-performance data center connectivity,
revolutionizing enterprise application performance with the release of the
QLogic® FabricCache™ 10000 Series adapter. The first product based on the
company's breakthrough Mt. Rainier technology, FabricCache combines QLogic's
market-leading Fibre Channel adapter, intelligent caching and I/O management
with connectivity to a server-based PCIe^® flash card. FabricCache is
exceptionally simple to deploy and manage and transforms single-server,
captive cache into a shared, performance-enhancing resource for a wide range
of enterprise applications that rely on SAN storage.
Shared cache unleashes performance for clustered and virtualized applications
in the enterprise
Clustered and highly virtualized servers continue to expand their footprint in
the data center, generating large numbers of highly randomized IOPs and
producing some of the most performance-challenged environments in the
enterprise. FabricCache unleashes the power of server-based caching and
defines a new solution category for enterprise application acceleration,
transparently pooling individual server cache across multiple, physical
servers. All servers equipped with FabricCache adapters access, share and
utilize the combined cache of all FabricCache adapters in a cluster. This
approach delivers new levels of scalable performance for the most demanding
mission-critical applications in the data center, dramatically lowering
latency and increasing throughput for clustered and virtualized applications,
including database and enterprise collaboration.
FabricCache adapters enable hypervisor-transparent caching of SAN storage in
highly virtualized, clustered environments. During live virtual machine (VM)
migration between physical servers, FabricCache ensures the shared cache stays
warm, keeping performance high and supporting critical features such as
automated VM and workload balancing across clustered servers. Since only one
active copy of cache exists for any SAN LUN, FabricCache adapters guarantee
cache coherence and maximize utilization of server-based flash capacity.
FabricCache also ensures all cached data is synchronized with SAN storage,
maintaining existing data protection and compliance policies.
"QLogic has a rich heritage of delivering innovative, high-performance data
center connectivity solutions to our customers and partners," said Simon
Biddiscombe, president and chief executive officer, QLogic. "QLogic possesses
the unique combination of industry experience, installed base in the
enterprise, global customer relationships, technology assets and unmatched R&D
talent needed to define and bring to market game-changing,
performance-enhancing solutions such as FabricCache."
A dramatically simpler solution: transparent, adapter-based caching that
FabricCache is unlike alternative offerings that require separate
installation, management and maintenance of server-based software and drivers
for the I/O adapter, PCIe flash card and caching. Intelligent cache
processing, pooling and clustering are completely offloaded from the server to
dedicated cache processing hardware on the FabricCache adapter.
FabricCache uses just a single standard adapter driver per OS, the same QLogic
field-proven adapter driver stack that has shipped with more than 13 million
Fibre Channel ports. The FabricCache adapter appears logically to the server
as a single QLogic HBA, resulting in a simpler solution that consumes no
additional server resources and is completely application-transparent, as well
as infrastructure and storage subsystem-agnostic. FabricCache integrates
seamlessly into current enterprise server and infrastructure environments,
simplifying deployment and management, thereby reducing total cost of
Greater ROI: supercharge performance for more applications using existing
The FabricCache single-driver approach, combined with adapter-based cache
processing, eliminates the need to purchase and deploy additional caching
software, reducing operational and capital expenditures. FabricCache extends
server-based caching to more performance-challenged environments in the
enterprise, enabling a greater number of mission-critical applications to do
more work. Clustered cache eliminates redundant traffic on the SAN, bringing
new levels of performance to an existing infrastructure, extending the life of
current equipment. As a result, FabricCache changes the economics of
server-based caching, delivering significantly higher value with less
complexity than currently available performance acceleration offerings.
"The FabricCache 10000 Series is just the beginning of new and highly
differentiated solutions to come from QLogic's groundbreaking Mt. Rainier
technology," said Shishir Shah, senior vice president and general manager,
Storage Solutions Group, QLogic. "We are deeply engaged with several strategic
enterprise application partners and major OEMs and look forward to bringing
additional breakthrough solutions such as FabricCache to market."
A new era of enterprise application performance acceleration for SANs
Compatible with the vast majority of SANs deployed today, the dual port 8Gb
Fibre Channel FabricCache QLE10000 adapter comes bundled with an enterprise
ultra-low latency, high-performance SLC PCIe flash card. FabricCache will be
available through QLogic's Authorized Channel Partners by the end of March,
2013. QLogic's new Advanced Solutions Partners are FabricCache-certified
resellers who have the skills and training to identify customer requirements,
along with the tools and expertise to support customized FabricCache
installations. For the QLogic Advanced Solutions Partner nearest you, and to
learn more about the performance and unique benefits of FabricCache adapters,
please visit www.qlogic.com.
Industry Analyst quotes:
"QLogic's FabricCache brings a valuable contribution to the problem of where
to add flash-cache within a storage area network," said David Floyer, CTO and
co-founder of Wikibon. "By placing the cache in the fabric, and supporting it
with a standard Fibre Channel HBA driver, the caching becomes transparent to
the application host system and storage system. For FC SAN environments this
is a simpler and lower cost implementation to install, manage and grow."
"Today's server-based caching solutions are beginning to break down the I/O
performance gap between high performance servers and slower, mechanical,
disk-based arrays. QLogic's FabricCache QLE10000 adapter redefines
server-based caching with the industry's first caching SAN adapter that makes
SSDs a shared SAN resource," said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst
of Taneja Group. "Solutions like the QLE10000 adapter will finally enable
clustered enterprise applications to take advantage of SSD performance
acceleration typically found only in individual servers. QLogic has a great
opportunity to grow their market with the potential FabricCache creates."
"Virtualization is the default in today's data center with virtualized
workloads eclipsing physical workloads. Nearly 91 million VMs are going to be
deployed between now and 2016 and we are also seeing the rise of virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI), a market which is forecasted to grow at a 14% 5
year CAGR," said Gary Chen, research manager, Cloud and Virtualization System
Software at IDC, a leading market research firm. "I/O performance is the most
difficult area for virtualization, especially as you start dealing with high
VM densities, Tier-1 workloads, and VDI which can create scenarios like boot
storms that really pressure I/O subsystems. Solutions that can address these
I/O challenges using technologies like shareable server side caching, such as
QLogic's FabricCache QLE10000, are likely to be well received in the
"We initially ran the FabricCache QLE10000 adapter through basic connectivity,
multi-pathing, and failover tests to see how it behaved in our system.
Installation was straightforward, simple, and the FabricCache QLE10000 adapter
appeared to our network as just another adapter, seamlessly integrating into
our SAN," said Jason Reid, CTO at Carrenza, an award-winning Infrastructure as
a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider in the UK.
"Further performance testing on VMware virtual machines running Microsoft SQL
clusters showed a 3x performance gain in mixed read/write environments,
including significant I/O demand offload to our HP 3PAR array, enabling
significant write performance improvements. The FabricCache QLE10000 adapter's
transparent caching enabled uninterrupted recovery to potential failures, with
performance enhancements that support the QoS and SLA guarantees our customers
"At Constant Contact, we are continually looking for solutions that improve
the speed, performance, and reliability of our technology infrastructure. This
is critical to serving our more than 500,000 small business customers that in
2012 alone sent more than 45 billion emails to better engage with their
donors, prospects, and customers," said Stefan Piesche, CTO of Constant
Contact. "The beta test of Mt. Rainier proved very capable in meeting those
needs, providing us with the ability to scale our infrastructure to meet the
growing needs of our customer base without sacrificing a seamless user
experience. We are looking forward to building upon our partnership with
QLogic that has been a win-win for both organizations for more than five
Advanced Solutions Partner quotes:
"FabricCache is a groundbreaking solution that addresses some of the most
performance-challenged areas of the data center," said Steve Bishop, CTO at
VeriStor, an inaugural QLogic Advanced Solutions Partner. "With this
technology, QLogic is empowering our clients to get more out of their existing
infrastructure through a simplified, scalable and high-performance solution
for accelerating clustered database applications. In turn, we see additional
revenue opportunities from both current customers as well as new prospects
looking to take advantage of the latest solid-state caching technologies. It's
a win-win across the board."
"QLogic has developed outstanding enablement programs so Advanced Solutions
Partners can take full advantage of the opportunities created by a disruptive
solution like FabricCache," said Gautam Shah, CEO Colfax International, an
inaugural QLogic Advanced Solutions Partner. "By placing enterprise caching in
the SAN fabric via QLogic's Fibre Channel adapter and standard HBA driver, you
get a simple, highly reliable performance accelerator that's transparent to
the application and the SAN. This is a great solution for our customers and
generates incremental, long-term revenue opportunities for Colfax."
Technology Partner quotes:
"SQL Server 2012 gives customers breakthrough performance," said Luis Daniel
Soto Maldonado, director, Microsoft server and tools marketing. "QLogic's new
FabricCache addresses performance at the SAN adapter level to help customers
increase SAN caching and storage performance. QLogic couples PCIe flash
caching technology with Fibre Channel adapters and utilizes existing software
drivers and management framework. In addition to SQL Server's enterprise-class
data protection and built-in performance, customers can add the FabricCache
QLE10000 caching SAN adapter to increase storage performance."
"The new FabricCache QLE10000 caching SAN adapter utilizes QLogic's proven
driver stack and integrated management to Hitachi storage, which makes it easy
for our customers to deploy," said Fred Huang, Hitachi Converged Platform CTO.
"The seamless integration of the shared cache solution to Hitachi's
mission-critical arrays delivers a flexible level of powerful I/O
acceleration/performance to awide range of applications."
"QLogic brings transparent, server-based SAN caching to a shared-resource
environment and delivers scalable performance to I/O-hungry applications,"
said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware.
"FabricCache QLE10000 caching SAN adapters enable caching of SAN storage in
VMware vSphere^® environments. This enables cache to stay warm during live
migration across physical servers, allowing IT experts to build clustered
virtualization platforms that scale without compromising performance."
"The QLogic FabricCache QLE10000 caching SAN adapter complements NetApp's
server flash strategy by providing application acceleration closest to the
application – in the server," said Tim Russell, vice president, Data Lifecycle
Ecosystem Group, NetApp. "The consolidated SSD and Fibre Channel adapter
solution unleashes the performance of the most demanding applications."
QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance
QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high
performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs
and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage
and server networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
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