QLogic Announces FCoE Port Technology for HP

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.”

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