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QLogic and Inspur Introduce End-to-End 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Solutions

July 24, 2015

As has been a highlight recently in the Transforming Network Infrastructure Community, when it comes to data center transformations having a fiber-rich infrastructure is critical to meet current and future demands.  And, this applies to every aspect of data centers. Glass rules!

An example of the importance of high speed fiber usage comes from Aliso Viejo, CA-based infrastructure solutions provider QLogic with the recent announcement that it has become the exclusive provider of 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology for Inspur AS520 series storage systems. In making the announcement it was noted that Inspur AS520 storage, in combination with Inspur servers also powered by QLogic Gen 5 technology.  

"Inspur is a leading provider of complete cloud computing solutions and IT services in China. We have rapidly increased our presence in more than 50 countries and regions around the globe, establishing R&D centers in the U.S. and Japan, as well as a manufacturing base in Venezuela," said Zhou Junjie, general manager of Storage Products, Inspur. "End-to-end Gen 5 Fibre Channel connectivity from QLogic allows us to provide enterprises with high performance storage networks that are highly reliable and interoperable, while maintaining backward-compatibility with 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel investments."

"This latest Gen 5 Fibre Channel design win demonstrates a new level of collaboration between QLogic and Inspur, and allows us to expand our presence throughout China and around the globe," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. "QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel solutions allow organizations to accelerate time-to-deployment and more easily manage their Inspur storage solutions in today's computing environments."

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As noted above, when looking at data center transformations, fiber connectivity for each of the data centers’ three pillars—Compute, Network and Storage—have a need for speed and whether it be the core, the edge and everything inside and outside the data center next generation fiber is the consensus way to assure data centers can meet the exponentially exploding amount of data traffic that needs to be stored, accessed and moved.  And, as industry surveys and estimates have highlighted with the data center itself being transformed to efficiently handle more and more traffic in an automated, virtualized manner, Storage Area Networks (SANS) need to keep pace. 16Gb sets the bar high and more is on the way.

Edited by Andrew Bindelglass

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