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Network convergence is the way forward

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 2, 2010
Fibre Channel over Ethernet  represents the starting point of next generation data centres, says Martin Darling, vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan sales, QLogic.

How prepared is QLogic to rise to a fast-growing FCoE adapter and NIC market?

QLogic currently has the industry-standard Converged Networking Adapter (CNA) for FCoEthe 8100 Series CNAs. These CNAs are used exclusively by IBM for its Power Systems Servers and exclusively by NetApp for its Unified Storage System portfolio. They are also shipping in volume from Cisco for its UCS servers; from IBM for its System X and BladeCenter servers; from Oracle for its M, T and x64 Platforms; from Dell for its Nehalem-powered blade servers and from EMC for use with its V-Max storage systems.

QLogics 8100 Series CNAs represent the companys second-generation technology for network convergence and are based on our own intellectual property. We plan to continue our lead in FCoE with additional innovations in the coming quarters. QLogic is also one of the market leaders in the 10Gb Ethernet adapter market, with Network Interface Controllers that incorporate a unique degree of programmable support for virtualisation. QLogic NetSlice technology enables the creation of Virtual Private Interfaces, which provide dedicated bandwidth and security for individual applications and improved utilisation of existing resources.

What do you think is happening in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) market-- are companies migrating their data centre server connections to 10 Gbps Ethernet and are they doing it fast enough, as compared to other regions?

The combination of iSCSI and VMware is very prevalent in the Asia Pacific, and QLogic offers network adapters that enable customers to take full advantage of 10GbE iSCSI in a fully virtualised environment.

In Japan, we are seeing more interest in moving to FCoE, as there are legacy Fibre Channel environments that are looking to converge their networks and still be compatible with their existing Fibre Channel investments. Throughout APJ overall, we have seen new data centres architect their environments utilising FCoE from the onset so that they can support whatever protocols may be required down the road.

Based on our recent first quarter FY 2011 results, APJ is our fastest growing region and second biggest revenue generator, raking in more than US$39 million. This is indicative that Asia Pacific companies are increasingly seeing the importance of high-performance networking to support business needs.

How was QLogic Corp involved in the tech side of the recent World Cup in South Africa? What role was it playing?

QLogic's 5802V Series Fibre Channel stackable switches were providing the backbone of the International Broadcast Centers (IBC) storage area network (SAN) at the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa. QLogic 5820V Series Fibre Channel switches, the linchpin between the integrated Apple Xsan server and Promise VTrak E-Class RAID storage systems, handled the continuous high-speed exchange of audio-visual data for the IBC. The 8Gb Fibre Channel 5802Vs high data transfer rate ensured that the IBCs 55 editing desks could simultaneously access all audio-visual data at any time, essential for real-time editing, and more importantly, for the uninterrupted transmission of television coverage around the world.

As we had experienced in Singapore and everywhere around the world where the World Cup live matches were televised, the coverage was delivered uninterrupted on a truly global scale.


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