October 07, 2010, 10:21 PM — QLogic this week unveiled its third generation 10Gbps adapters that feature, among other capabilities, concurrent protocol processing and "switch agnostic" virtual machine communication.
The products include QLogic's 8200 series converged network adapters, 3200 series Ethernet adapters and a converged LAN-on-motherboard (LOM). All products concurrently process offloaded FibreChannel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI and IP traffic, and perform virtual machine (VM)-to-VM communication within physical machines, regardless of the switch used to connect those machines.
The new products are designed to address the requirements of virtualized data centers, cloud service providers and the enterprise for line-rate throughput for virtualized data and storage traffic, concurrent support for IP, FCoE and iSCSI, and low CPU utilization for mobility of VMs.
By offloading concurrent protocol processing, the adapters free up server cycles for business application processing and the increased mobility of VMs, QLogic says. The adapters and motherboard LAN are interoperable with existing LAN, networ-attached storage and storage-area network environments, support an array of hypervisors, and are available in a number of physical form factors.
The products can be managed from a single QLogic console called QConvergeConsole.
The adapters and LOM are available this quarter from QLogic OEMs, which include Dell, EMC, IBM, HP and VMware.
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