QLogic Announces FCoE Port Technology for HP
The new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ASIC is used for HP's industry-leading BladeSystem platform.
QLogic Corp. has announced a new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ASIC, used in the new HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port module for HP's industry-leading BladeSystem platform. According to this QLogic news release, it converges Ethernet, Fibre Channel and iSCSI onto a common fabric, combined with the unique capability to allocate 10Gb network bandwidth across eight connections per each dual-port FlexFabric Adapter.
"The new QLogic FCoE ASIC, code-named 'Bullet,' features industry-first flex port technology that enables ports to be dynamically allocated to support Fibre Channel, iSCSI or FCoE data--instantaneously. While all other vendors require clients to predetermine the amount of physical, rigid ports and boards they require prior to making a network switch purchase--forcing them to invest in fixed blade configurations with higher power, cooling, and rack space requirements--QLogic's adaptive convergence technology provides variable connectivity options and complete flexibility, enabling customer-paced network convergence and removes all guess work around the selection of port types and ratios. With flex ports that can shift protocol support on-the-fly, today's announcement signals another leap forward for HP and QLogic in intelligent switching technology and network convergence."