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QLogic announces a set of faster Ethernet NICs

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March 1, 2016

Earlier today, QLogic said it is now offering a new 32 Gbit/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter described as the QL-2700.

To be sure, the technology firm announced a set of faster Ethernet NICs last week, now it's the turn of the Fibre Channel side of its business to pop its head.

Generation 6 or 32 Gbit/s Fibre Channel technology is actually twice as fast as the current 16 Gbit/s Generation 5 model.

As could be expected, the Fibre Channel industry, meaning Brocade, Broadcom’s Emulex unit and QLogic are all announcing Generation 6 products, all at the same time.

QLogic’s QL-2700 series products are the next step after the QL-2600 16 Gbit/s HBAs. Increasingly virtualized and multi-core servers want more SAN I/O while all-flash arrays can pump out more IOs faster than current Fibre Channel can sometimes cope with.

This 32 Gigs FC will help prevent the wire becoming a bottleneck. The new products come as single, dual and quad-port cards, with QLogic advertising up to 248 GB/sec aggregate throughput and up to 2.6 million IOPS, 650K IOPS per port.

Also, ports can be isolated to provide deterministic performance as well. This provides independent functionality, additional transmit/receive buffers, an on-chip CPU, DMA channels, and a firmware image for each port, says QLogic.

N-Port ID virtualisation (NPIV) means that one physical port can function as multiple virtual ports, with bandwidth controls and a quality-of-service (QoS) guarantee per virtual machine (VM).

The company provides StorFusion diagnostics and management functionality, with built-in forward error correction. This works with supported Brocade switches, hopefully the G-620 32 gig one announced today.

These QL-2700s support link cable LED beacon (LCB) technology, which enables administrators to visually identify both ends of a physical link, without having to physically trace the cable.

Industry standard class-specific control (CS-CTL)-based frame prioritisation QoS is supported and this helps to alleviate network congestion.

QLogic's QL-2690 Series Enhanced Generation 5 Fibre Channel Adapters, the 16 Gig HBAs, have have had new single and dual-port options added as well.

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