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QLogic's 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Connectivity for EMC VNX Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays

April 22, 2015

The need for speed is a common refrain for all aspects of data center performance. It applies equally in regards to computing, storage and networking.  It is why fiber has become such a sought after connectivity solution for data center transformations as the explosion of data needing to be accessed and transported within the data center continues to growth exponentially and unabated. 

Contributing to meeting the speed, agility and performance needs of data centers as they transform is Aliso Veijo, California-based network infrastructure solutions provider QLogic Corp.  It has announced availability of its 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology for EMC's latest VNX Series hybrid flash storage arrays.  If you are an EMC customer it seems more than a bit of tire kicking is in order.

As QLogic notes in why this is a valuable addition to those running the EMC VNX Series, the combination with QLogic's Fibre Channel technology not only gives today’s data centers the speed they need for accessing vast amounts of stored data, but it also economically provides for a scalable path forward as demands increase.

"Continued advancements in the EMC VNX Series and the addition of QLogic Gen 5 technology provide customers with robust scalability, performance headroom and investment protection in their storage infrastructure," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. "QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology complements the EMC VNX Series hybrid flash array capabilities with leading edge performance for today's advanced computing environments and allows customers to accelerate time-to-deployment."

"EMC VNX Series storage arrays allow organizations to make the most of their infrastructure," said Jon Siegal, vice president, core technologies, EMC Corporation. "Combined with QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel connectivity, VNX solutions provide the enterprise-class reliability and performance needed to satisfy the demanding requirements of both physical and virtual data center workloads."

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel is tailored for big loads such as high-bandwidth, I/O-intensive applications where reliability is critical. Plus, as has been the case in this market where performance, particularly when it comes to power consumption has become a major challenges, Gen 5 Fibre Channel has been architected to reduce power consumption-per-gigabit and support more virtual machines per server.

In addition, if you are an EMC customer you do not have to throw the baby out with the bath water.  All QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel solutions are backward-compatible with 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel networks.

It has been almost an industry consensus that, in terms of data center transformation and optimization, the networking piece has been a bit of a laggard.  It is the reason so much attention is being paid to things like SDN and NFV for automating capabilities that take both time and person power.  It is also driving the need for more reliable, manageable and cost-effective connectivity. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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