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January 28, 2014

QLogic Introduces Fibre Channel Adapter for OCP Servers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 28 — QLogic, the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced the industry’s first Fibre Channel adapter specifically designed for use in Open Compute Project (OCP) servers. The QLogic QOE2562 8Gb Fibre Channel mezzanine adapter brings optimal security, maximum performance and enterprise-class reliability and manageability to OCP data centers. Founded by Facebook in 2011, the OCP is an initiative designed to increase technology efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of data centers. QLogic Fibre Channel OCP adapters are available with the OCP Certified Quanta STRATOS S215-X1M2Z server and are expected to be available through other partners, as well as qualified QLogic Signature Partners, in April 2014.

“We see an increasing number of customers with Fibre Channel infrastructure who want to adopt Open Compute hardware. The partnership with QLogic allows us to provide secure, reliable Fibre Channel solutions that reduce energy consumption and maximize data center efficiency with Open Compute. Quanta QCT already delivers the industry’s best TCO for cloud service providers and enterprises adopting Open Compute, so this partnership is an ideal fit,” said Mike Yang, general manager, Quanta QCT.

The OCP is creating a set of technologies that are disaggregated and fully open, allowing for rapid innovation in the data center. The OCP aims to facilitate the development of network hardware and software – together with trusted project validation and testing – in a truly open and collaborative community environment. QLogic is the first Fibre Channel adapter vendor to pass validation and testing to deliver a fully compatible OCP-compliant adapter.

“Investment banking, securities and financial service organizations are requiring scalable, high bandwidth, and low latency connectivity options for storage in OCP operations,” said Stu Miniman, principal research contributor, Wikibon. “As they evaluate OCP solutions, users looking for guaranteed and predictable latency from a proven data center network infrastructure now have the option of Fibre Channel for delivering performance and reliability for critical workloads.”

“OCP’s genesis was in cloud-oriented mega data centers, but OCP servers are now finding their way into the enterprise where Fibre Channel is the storage interconnect of choice,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. “QLogic is the undisputed market share leader in Fibre Channel adapters, and now with our OCP-compliant adapter, we are enabling IT organizations to confidently deploy OCP-based servers with an enterprise-class storage networking solution.”

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Source: QLogic