Overview Why QLogic Adaptive Convergence NPAR

Intel Xeon E5 Processor

Increases performance while reducing compute time and latency

Business and technology drivers, such as virtualization, cloud computing, and IT as a service-oriented operation, continue to create ever-increasing demands for higher performance, better scalability, and more efficient systems. Intel has not only addressed but exceeded these requirements with the introduction of the company's latest server systems. The servers, designed for Xeon E5 processors, offer features that provide significant advantages, including:

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0: achieve up to an 80 percent increase in performance
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions: dramatically reduce compute time
  • Data Direct I/O Technology: eliminate memory read/writes and reduce latency

QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters, 10Gb Ethernet Adapters, and 10Gb Converged Networking Adapters are designed to balance the high compute density of Xeon E5 processor-based servers by providing full hardware offload, enterprise I/O performance, and the highest reliability.

Together, the technology solutions from QLogic and Intel enhance data center efficiencies and increase ROI, particularly in virtualization-dominated IT landscapes where enterprise I/O performance is crucial.

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Products

Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

QLogic 3400 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600 Series
QLogic 2500 Series

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8400 Series

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Solution Sheet: The Business Benefits of the QLogic 8400 Series
Technology Brief: QLogic FCoE Offload Technology
Technology Brief: QLogic iSCSI Offload Technology
White Paper: Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning
QLogic Solutions Lab: Reference Architecture for Server Virtualization



Most Dependable Adapters on the Market

Ensure Intel Xeon E5-based servers perform at the highest level

QLogic continues our leadership position with well-proven Fibre Channel Adapters, 10Gb Ethernet Adapters, and 10Gb Converged Networking Adapters. QLogic adapters deliver industry-leading performance, full hardware protocol offload, and an extensive set of features to ensure Intel Xeon E5-based servers perform at the highest level without disruption from issues with any of the following: fabric connectivity, I/O bottlenecks, bandwidth management, and security, among others. In addition, the adapters leverage QLogic’s existing, well-proven Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and iSCSI drivers, making them the most dependable and battle-hardened adapters on the market.

Xeon E5 High-Density Deployments

Benefits of QLogic technology

  • QLogic VMflex™ – Increases application performance in Xeon® E5 VM deployments through enhanced virtualization features that increase VM flexibility
  • NIC Partitioning (NPAR) – Enables virtual I/O for flexible provisioning of dedicated bandwidth through virtual partitions with QoS for guaranteed delivery
  • Concurrent Protocol Support – Prepares for convergence while protecting previous investment
  • FlexOffload® – Improves throughput while increasing CPU efficiencies, resulting in increased performance and scalability in virtual environments with Xeon E5 servers
  • Proven Storage Software Stack – Provides the broadest ecosystem interoperability and support, decreasing installation disruptions to simplify transition to Xeon E5 servers

Reliable Business Partnerships

Enable powerful, tested solutions that protect infrastructure investment

Qualified and sold by all major OEMs and more than 150 certification partners, QLogic adapters leverage the company’s 15 years of enterprise experience and worldwide reach, ensuring the highest degree of product interoperability. Our experience, which includes many server refresh cycles, and our long-standing business relationships with our partners ultimately benefit end users by enabling powerful, tested solutions that protect infrastructure investments.

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Products

Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

QLogic 3400 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600 Series
QLogic 2500 Series

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8400 Series

Collateral

Solution Sheet: The Business Benefits of the QLogic 8400 Series
Technology Brief: QLogic FCoE Offload Technology
Technology Brief: QLogic iSCSI Offload Technology
White Paper: Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning
QLogic Solutions Lab: Reference Architecture for Server Virtualization



QLogic’s Adaptive Convergence Strategy

Based on commitments to maximizing interoperability

QLogic’s Adaptive Convergence strategy is the culmination of years of customer-driven innovation and market leadership based on commitments to maximizing interoperability.

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The strategy enables Fabric Freedom—the ability to access any storage, host, fabric, and migration path on any port, allowing I/O infrastructure migration at your own pace while protecting your existing infrastructure investment.

QLogic’s family of FlexSuite, Universal Access Switch, and intelligent Storage Router products are the building blocks of Adaptive Convergence, eliminating complexity, increasing agility, enhancing security, and improving performance while lowering costs. The products enable the end-to-end connectivity that makes up Fabric Freedom. In other words, you have the freedom to access anything from any port on the fabric. It allows you to extend virtualization throughout the entire network. In addition, Adaptive Convergence ensures data security and isolation on a virtual machine and a virtual fabric basis.

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Products

Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

QLogic 3400 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600 Series
QLogic 2500 Series

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8400 Series

Collateral

Solution Sheet: The Business Benefits of the QLogic 8400 Series
Technology Brief: QLogic FCoE Offload Technology
Technology Brief: QLogic iSCSI Offload Technology
White Paper: Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning
QLogic Solutions Lab: Reference Architecture for Server Virtualization



NPARs Seamless Migration from Multiple
1Gb Ethernet Adapters

In the traditional data center server implementation, one advantage of using multiple 1GbE adapters is that their I/O resources may be dedicated specifically to individual applications, such as VM mobility, hypervisor management, or storage traffic, along with all the various applications running in the VMs that are being serviced.

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When consolidation is done using traditional 10GbE adapters, you may lose the visibility required to dedicate resources to the individual applications because generic 10GbE adapters do not have the ability to carve out resources and dedicate them to specific applications.

The QLogic VMflex architecture includes NIC Partitioning (NPAR), which enables a seamless migration from multiple 1Gb Ethernet Adapters to a consolidated 10Gb Ethernet infrastructure by exporting a number of independent virtual interfaces, each of which can dedicate a share of the adapter hardware resources to a specific VM. NPAR allows customers to flexibly provision bandwidth across four partitions per port, while being able to simultaneously run multiple protocol functions (NIC, FCoE, and iSCSI). NPAR helps consolidation efforts by enabling administrators to proportion the total 10Gb bandwidth across each partition in as small as 100MB increments with the ability to reallocate it and other resources as needed. Couple this with granular QoS and you create an environment that is prepared for maximum bandwidth utilization and dynamic bandwidth provisioning—perfect for bursting traffic, such as the migration of VMs. This approach eliminates the cost of installing multiple adapters, including physical networking and storage adapters, that are dedicated to specific server applications or other tasks.

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Products

Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

QLogic 3400 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600 Series
QLogic 2500 Series

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8400 Series

Collateral

Solution Sheet: The Business Benefits of the QLogic 8400 Series
Technology Brief: QLogic FCoE Offload Technology
Technology Brief: QLogic iSCSI Offload Technology
White Paper: Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning
QLogic Solutions Lab: Reference Architecture for Server Virtualization



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