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Dell, QLogic Get Together on New, High-Powered Ethernet Connectivity

By Steve Anderson March 29, 2016

More bandwidth is the cry heard throughout the system, whether it's the data center that needs more to process its incoming traffic or the user who just wants more time on Netflix. A recent collaborative effort between Dell and QLogic is working to address that cry, and has produced a two-sided solution that should deliver plenty more throughput for the system as a whole.

The combined effort brought together QLogic's QL4521x-DE line of Intelligent Ethernet Adapters, which when combined with Dell's newest PowerEdge server line, produce 25Gb Ethernet connectivity. Driving the system is QLogic's FastLinq technology, which contributes to an overall system that allows substantial improvements in networking. With these new systems together, networks can enjoy a reduction in input / output (I/O) bottlenecks, along with few CPU cycles required to run the system and more options in terms of virtual machine (VM) use.

The adapters are said to be geared particularly toward managed service provider (MSP) and cloud markets, along with telco firms and other enterprise-grade users. Those who get in on this action not only enjoy a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) thanks to better power efficiency and a reduced overall cost per gigabit, but also a reduction in the amount of infrastructure required to support the connectivity; the system can run on a single lane of copper.

QLogic's vice president Jesse Lyles, who also serves as the general manager for Ethernet products, offered comment “QLogic and Dell have a longstanding partnership centered on the shared belief of future-ready thinking and delivering solutions that address the current and future needs of enterprises, as well as the growing number of service providers. The new QL4521x-DE Adapters deliver on the cost/performance ratio customers are looking for with 2.5 times the bandwidth compared to current 10GbE offerings and a more cost effective upgrade path to 100GbE for future scalability.”

In the end, it's a matter of improving the network. With increasing demands being placed on the network, from the data center to the end user, we need more and faster data systems to handle the various demands placed on the system at any given time. Tools like those offered by QLogic and Dell should help speed up the process and ultimately yield better results, which are just what will be needed to help drive a market where cloud computing is on most every company's radar and the data center's true importance only gets clearer.

With all the new need for bandwidth we'll be seeing, along with all the current demand for bandwidth we live with every day, the more bandwidth we can get in the system, the better off we'll all be. QLogic and Dell are right at the front of the operation, and helping to deliver the road of bandwidth on which we all must ride to reach our goals online. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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