Overview 8300 Series Adapters 2600 Series Adapters Cases & Comparisons

Next-Generation Server Attach Technology

FlexSuite provides enterprise data center scalability and interoperability

Application trends and shifts in technology are driving the requirements for I/O connections between the server and storage fabrics, including the need for high performance, deployment flexibility, and ease of use. Server attachment has to support heterogeneous environments, multi-protocol I/O, higher levels of virtualization, and cloud computing deployments. Converged networks and Gen 5 Fibre Channel SANs enable enterprise businesses to meet these complexities.

Using QLogic’s I/OFlex technology, a single PCIe slot in the server can be used over the lifetime of the server to support Fibre Channel SANs and converged networks. QLogic FlexSuite Adapters combine support for 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel with 10Gb Ethernet on the same hardware, future-proofing investments in network gear, supporting upgrades to converged traffic, and optimizing connectivity for virtualization and cloud deployments.

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Products

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8300 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600

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FAQs: QLogic FlexSuite Adapters
Solution Sheet: QLogic I/OFlex Technology—Any I/O, Any Network
Solution Sheet: Next-Generation Server Attach
Solution Sheet: Investment Protection—Single Adapter for a Server’s Lifetime
Solution Sheet: Simplify Storage Connectivity Visualization
Solution Sheet: Enabling Virtualization
White Paper: QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel for Database and Business Analytics
White Paper: Advanced Virtualization Using QLogic 8300 Series Adapters
White Paper: QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 FC HBAs Double Performance and Flexibility



QLogic 8300 Series

10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe Converged Network Adapters

The 8300 Series Adapters are QLogic’s fourth generation of Converged Network Adapters, supporting simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN [Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI] traffic at line rate, 10Gbps Ethernet (GbE) speeds—at extremely low CPU usage with full hardware offloads. This extreme performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in today’s powerful multiprocessor, multi-core servers.

In addition, support for powerful virtualization features makes this adapter ideal for virtualized environments that need excellent I/O performance to service growing numbers of virtual machines (VMs). The ability to support multiple protocols simultaneously on the same hardware offers multi-tenancy flexibility, which is ideal for private and public cloud environments.

  • 10GbE per-port maximum throughput for high bandwidth storage and networking traffic.
  • Over 1.2 million FCoE IOPS reduce latency in high transaction
    intensive applications and virtualized environments.
  • Single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support for faster performance
    in virtualized environments.
  • Reduced hardware, cabling, and management costs by enabling
    more applications (VMs) to run on a single server with converged
    traffic to top-of-the-rack switch.
  • Decreased power and cooling costs by using the fewest PCI
    Express® lanes in PCIe® Gen3 environments.
  • Overlapping protection domains (OPD) to ensure a high level of
    reliability as data moves to and from the PCI bus.
  • Future-proof design enables conversion to a 16Gb Fibre Channel
    Adapter.

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Products

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8300 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600

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FAQs: QLogic FlexSuite Adapters
Solution Sheet: QLogic I/OFlex Technology—Any I/O, Any Network
Solution Sheet: Next-Generation Server Attach
Solution Sheet: Investment Protection—Single Adapter for a Server’s Lifetime
Solution Sheet: Simplify Storage Connectivity Visualization
Solution Sheet: Enabling Virtualization
White Paper: QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel for Database and Business Analytics
White Paper: Advanced Virtualization Using QLogic 8300 Series Adapters
White Paper: QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 FC HBAs Double Performance and Flexibility



QLogic 2600 Series

16Gbps Gen 5 Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Adapters

The 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters boast industry-leading native Fibre Channel performance—achieving dual-port, line-rate, 16-gigabit Fibre Channel throughput—at extremely low CPU usage with full hardware offloads. Gen 5 Fibre Channel resolves data center complexities by enabling a storage network infrastructure that supports powerful virtualization features, application-aware services, and simplified management. This achievement provides a next-generation storage networking infrastructure capable of supporting the most demanding virtualized and cloud-enabled environments while fully leveraging the capabilities of high-performance 16Gb Fibre Channel and solid-state disk (SSD) storage. These features help reduce cost and complexity while the unmatched 16Gbps performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in today’s powerful multiprocessor, multi-core servers.

  • More than 1.2 million IOPS reduce latency in high transaction intensive applications and virtualized environments
  • Enables more applications (virtual machines) to run on a single server and Fibre Channel port
  • QLogic scales by 85 percent from single to dual port, significantly better than Emulex’s Fibre Channel Adapter
  • Up to 30 percent more online transactions per second for typical OLTP workloads compared to Emulex
  • Host more mailboxes—QLogic’s adapter enables up to 88% more e-mail transactions than the Emulex adapter
  • Isolated port architecture provides utmost security and reliability. Independent hardware and software images make each port independent of the other

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Products

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8300 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600

Collateral

FAQs: QLogic FlexSuite Adapters
Solution Sheet: QLogic I/OFlex Technology—Any I/O, Any Network
Solution Sheet: Next-Generation Server Attach
Solution Sheet: Investment Protection—Single Adapter for a Server’s Lifetime
Solution Sheet: Simplify Storage Connectivity Visualization
Solution Sheet: Enabling Virtualization
White Paper: QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel for Database and Business Analytics
White Paper: Advanced Virtualization Using QLogic 8300 Series Adapters
White Paper: QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 FC HBAs Double Performance and Flexibility




 

Competitive Briefs

 
    Lowest Power Fibre Channel Adapters for Green Data Centers  
   

QLogic’s 2600 Series Adapters deliver highest performance at lowest power.

 
 

Technology Briefs

 
    Advanced Storage Networking in Windows Server 2012  
 

QLogic enables reliable, flexible, and high-performance Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel.

 
    Simplify Storage and Network Adapter Management in VMware  
 

QLogic QConvergeConsole plug-in for VMware vCenter makes adapter management easier.

 
  QLogic Fibre Channel Stack  
 

Most diverse offering with field-hardened stability and reliability.

 
    Optimize Server Virtualization with QLogic’s 10GbE Secure SR-IOV  
 

Flexible, secure, and high-performance network virtualization with QLogic 10GbE SR-IOV solutions.

 
 

Third-Party Reports

 
  Demartek Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation Report  
 

QLogic 2600 Series Fibre Channel Adapter is analyzed for storage performance, reliability, and scalability relative to Emulex and 8Gb Fibre Channel.

 
 

Videos

 
  QLogic I/OFlex Technology  
 

QLogic brings unparalleled flexibility to the data center. The importance of I/O performance and reliability has never been greater.

 
  QLogic KnowHow: QLogic I/OFlex Technology  
 

QLogic I/OFlex technology is a free, field-configurable firmware upgrade that enables IT administrators to define personality (16Gb Fibre Channel, 10GbE, or FCoE) on a single adapter. Learn how easy it is to switch the personality of your adapter in this short introduction to I/OFlex.

 
  Next-Generation Server Attach Strategy  
 

Eliminate I/O bottlenecks using high-speed interconnects. Using QLogic’s Adaptive Convergence technology, a single PCIe slot in the server can be used over the lifetime of the server to support Fibre Channel SANs and converged networks.

 

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Products

Converged Network Adapters

QLogic 8300 Series

Fibre Channel Adapters

QLogic 2600

Collateral

FAQs: QLogic FlexSuite Adapters
Solution Sheet: QLogic I/OFlex Technology—Any I/O, Any Network
Solution Sheet: Next-Generation Server Attach
Solution Sheet: Investment Protection—Single Adapter for a Server’s Lifetime
Solution Sheet: Simplify Storage Connectivity Visualization
Solution Sheet: Enabling Virtualization
White Paper: QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel for Database and Business Analytics
White Paper: Advanced Virtualization Using QLogic 8300 Series Adapters
White Paper: QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 FC HBAs Double Performance and Flexibility