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Violin Memory Selects QLogic Fibre Channel Technology

April 27, 2015

The speed in which data is being accessed is getting faster with each successive technology as the demand from individual consumers and businesses continues to increase. While getting the content from the latest viral YouTube video or Netflix show might not be as pressing as the data flash traders need, speed is still the name of the game. Data centers around the world are deploying fiber infrastructure and flash storage platforms to make this possible. Violin Memory Inc., a global flash storage solutions for primary storage and enterprise workloads, has selected the QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology to power its flash storage platform for greater throughput and workload capacity.

Flash storage is increasingly becoming the preferred platform for hosted solutions providers that deliver applications in the cloud requiring real-time access. Software, infrastructure, platforms, security and more are all being delivered through the cloud, which demand advance networks with sophisticated capabilities.

The QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel delivers industry-leading performance with very low CPU utilization and dedicated per-port processing engines. This capability provides unrivaled scalability and resiliency by eliminating potential I/O bottlenecks in today's powerful multiprocessor, multicore storage platforms.

 “QLogic's award-winning Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology provides Violin Flash Storage Platform solutions with accelerated application performance, enterprise-class data protection and increased scalability,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic.

Gen 5 Fibre Channel provides: 

  • Port-level isolation to fully segregate Gen 5 Fibre Channel functions of each port on a dual-port adapter,
  • Independent functionality that a reset or error recovery on one port does not impact performance of the other port,
  • Higher reliability in which firmware crash on one port does not crash the other port,
  • Better security with isolation at the physical level; Physical Function (PF) for one port cannot access state information (registers, memory info, etc.) of another PF due to physical isolation
  • Predictable performance because I/O spikes on one port do not affect the performance of the other port, and
  • Enhanced scalability as the the QLogic dual-port adapter scales more linearly than Emulex when traffic on the second port is added.

“As a leading provider of Fibre Channel connectivity solutions, QLogic is an ideal partner to drive performance, throughput and workload capacity in the data center, helping our enterprise customers further define their competitive advantage,” said Andrew Chen, senior director, product management, Violin Memory.

The QLogic platform can be applied in virtualization, cloud, backup and recovery, consolidation and scale, database and data warehousing, and 16Gb and SSD/flash storage.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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