Tier One OEMs Embrace QLogic Adaptive Convergence Strategy
"Dell and QLogic have worked together to drive next-generation I/O virtualization and convergence solutions,” said Brian Payne, executive director for Dell PowerEdge Servers. "Dell is committed to customers for delivering open, efficient and flexible IT solutions in the virtual era and is jointly partnered with QLogic in providing the infrastructure components leveraging QLogic's Adaptive Convergence strategy. The benefits of one standardized platform are obvious to server and network administrators who wish to increase efficiencies with enhanced 10GbE performance, while supporting legacy and future Fibre Channel speeds with a single adapter."
"EMC and QLogic share a common vision on next-generation, high performance storage networking solutions that make IT more agile, while protecting investments, lowering operating costs and increasing performance," said Deirdre Wassell, director, Solutions Marketing, EMC. "The QLogic Adaptive Convergence Strategy aligns with EMC's Cloud Infrastructure, and ensures advanced network adapter platforms are available for EMC customers as they Journey to the Cloud."
"Consolidating network access equipment at the server edge is critical to reducing clients' network sprawl and management complexity," said Tom Joyce, vice president of Marketing, Strategy and Operations for Storage at HP. "The combination of HP Converged Infrastructure and QLogic's FlexSuite adapter architecture enables clients to simplify management while protecting legacy IT investments in Fibre Channel and FCoE."
"With the launch of their next-generation FlexSuite adapter, QLogic offers simplified migration and robust I/O throughput that complements our 'cloud-ready' vision of the data center," said Anjan Venkatramani, vice president, product line management, Juniper. "Allowing customers to scale at their own pace as opposed to a complete infrastructure overhaul is a trait shared by the Juniper Networks QFX3000 QFabric Switch and QLogic FlexSuite adapters. This approach provides a simplified and highly flexible network architecture which is critical for successful, long-term growth in the data center.'
"Windows Server Hyper-V customers need networking solutions that reduce complexity and provide flexibility for the virtualized data center, private cloud, and public cloud," said Manlio Vecchiet, director of product marketing, Windows Server and Virtualization, at Microsoft. "As IT organizations migrate to 10GbE converged infrastructures, solutions that support Microsoft virtualization, such as QLogic's FlexSuite adapter, address a real need. Microsoft is pleased to work with QLogic on this."
"NetApp and QLogic have been collaborating to help customers increase IT efficiency, reduce costs, and innovate to deliver network convergence through the development of FCoE and NetApp's Unified Connect," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Corporate Alliances, NetApp. "NetApp's Unified Architecture is ideally suited to enable this next evolution of convergence by offering a single storage platform that offers the efficiency, flexibility and management required as customers transition to shared IT infrastructures."
"The need for greater efficiency and flexibility are driving the demand for cloud computing and virtualization technologies," said Monica Kumar, senior director, Product Marketing, Oracle. “By using products like QLogic's new FlexSuite adapters combined with the Oracle VM virtualization technology, customers can create an innovative, efficient and high bandwidth storage networking IT infrastructure that can also support future data center growth."
"As customers build high-performance converged data centers that require innovation in virtualized networking, QLogic’s new FlexSuite adapters with key technologies such as VMflex will help deliver highly optimized application and VM scalability in virtualized environments,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “By using VMware vSphere® with QLogic's virtualization-ready technologies, customers will be able to immediately realize significant efficiency and agility benefits."
Analyst Embrace QLogic Adaptive Convergence Strategy
According to Crehan Research, the Data Center Switch market is expected to grow in excess of 75 percent over the next five years. Furthermore, 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet, 16Gb Fibre Channel, and FCoE are some of the major growth engines for this increase. "A high port-count server access switch that combines these protocols in a flexible and cost-efficient manner offers compelling, wire-once investment protection," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.
"The 10Gb Ethernet market continues to expand and converged platforms are beginning to gain traction in the market," said Alan Weckel, Ethernet switch analyst, Dell'Oro Group. “While we are still very early in the migration towards 10Gb Ethernet for server connectivity, data center deployments including 10Gb Ethernet top-of-rack for server access are driving most of the revenue growth in the market."
"QLogic's latest, highly scalable portfolio provides an excellent cost-to-performance ratio for Fibre Channel customers while at the same time enabling organizations to seamlessly adopt network convergence in the future," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst from ESG. "With the ability to handle any protocol, at any port the new QLogic platform is highly versatile with the capability to reduce costs and complexity in the data center."
"As organizations evolve their computing infrastructures, they are looking for solutions that give them flexibility without compromising on cost or functionality," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst from ESG. "The QLogic Universal Access Point switch platform goes beyond 16Gb Fibre Channel-only alternatives to give customers a new class of product that provides consistent connectivity to changing storage and network fabrics, with no need to wire the edge more than once. Now enterprises can deploy solutions that can adapt, regardless of how the core network changes."
"The QLogic Universal Access Point switch is a superior cost-performance solution that offers multi-protocol functions capable of supporting all types of server traffic," said Randy Kerns, senior strategist from Evaluator Group. "The any-to-any connectivity features give the UA5900 great flexibility. With the ability to support connectivity options to any core switch, QLogic brings to market a high performance, multi-protocol networking solutions that will make IT more agile, while protecting investments, and lowering operating costs."
"OEMs, enterprises and cloud service providers are in an evolution of network convergence. A clear migration path to highly virtualized and cloud architectures establishes a leading position in the industry," said Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist from Evaluator Group. "QLogic's new product portfolio with the versatility to handle any protocol, at any port, across three product families provides customers with needed capabilities in the transition to virtual and cloud computing environments."
"While 10GbE-based converged networks continue to evolve as a viable solution for organizations to reduce power, costs and overall IT footprint, many data centers have invested heavily in Fibre Channel's performance and reliability advantages, now enhanced by 16Gb bandwidth," said Sergis Mushell, principal research analyst, Gartner. "Folding 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel under one, common technology platform helps protect customers' legacy investments while allowing them to adopt 10Gb Ethernet-based solutions in a non-disruptive manner, at their own pace."
"Network convergence is becoming a key strategy for enterprises and cloud service providers that want to reduce costs and complexity," said Lucinda Borovick, program vice president, Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Networks. "Enabling fibre channel and 10-Gigabit Ethernet on a single switch and adapter family helps these customers migrate toward converged networks while protecting their existing investments."
IT Brand Pulse
Enterprise IT wants a smooth on-ramp to converged networks which will one day connect to the cloud, and that means protecting their investment in Fibre Chanel SANs" said Frank Berry CEO, IT Brand Pulse. "With the ability to support 16Gb Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet on the same network, new QLogic adapters and switches will play a key role in extending, Fibre Channel’s position as the dominant SAN technology for another 5 years."
Storage Strategies NOW
"As OEMs, enterprises and cloud service providers evolve their computing infrastructures, they are looking for solutions that give them flexibility without compromising cost and life cycle requirements,” said Deni Connor, founding analyst from Storage Strategies NOW. "The QLogic Universal Access Point switch platform goes beyond 16Gb Fibre Channel-only alternatives to give customers a new class of product that provides consistent connectivity to changing storage and network fabrics. Why should customers wire the edge more than once? Once servers are attached to the UA5900, they can continue to receive the same edge access service, no matter how the core network changes."
Storage Strategies NOW
"We are excited about QLogic’s highly scalable product portfolio as they provide a superior cost-performance solution today for Fibre Channel customers while at the same time establishing a clear path to cloud IT architectures of the future," Deni Connor, founding analyst from Storage Strategies NOW. "The versatility to handle any protocol, at any port reduces complexity while significantly lowering costs and enabling more flexible, agile fabric delivery."
"One of the biggest complaints we hear from Wikibon practitioners is that they need to buy and support separate hardware for Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure," said David Vellante, chief research analyst at Wikibon.org, an IT think tank. "This announcement from QLogic takes a major step to eliminating this problem because going forward, customers can acquire infrastructure that speaks the language of both Fibre Channel and Ethernet. This is especially important in virtualized and cloud environments where standard configurations need to be rapidly replicated and provisioned. Rather than having to determine which storage protocol will be used, customers can deploy infrastructure that will support any application independent of storage technology including Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NAS or FCoE."
"As OEMs, enterprises and cloud service providers evolve their computing infrastructures, they are looking for solutions that can support multiple environments, extending the life cycle of hardware without compromising cost," said Stuart Miniman, senior analyst from Wikibon. "The QLogic Universal Access Point switch platform brings unprecedented flexibility to storage and networking teams, delivering a new class of product that provides consistent connectivity across Fibre Channel and Ethernet options. QLogic switching provides the path to 16Gb Fibre Channel, but unlike Fibre Channel-only alternatives, does this with the option to converge with Ethernet now or in the future."