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QLogic Demonstrates New Breed of Ethernet Network at 25Gb

By Steve Anderson June 05, 2015

When it comes to connectivity, “more” and “faster” are two key points that most users crave. Improving that connectivity can lead to more efficient and effective environments, whether for work or play. QLogic Corp, meanwhile, recently brought a new breed of Ethernet networking system to the HP Discover event in Las Vegas, where QLogic showed off a speedy new breed of networking at 25Gb.

The 25Gb Ethernet networking system shown off was said to be based on a combination of QLogic and HP systems, supporting 25/50/100Gb Ethernet port speeds. These speeds will prove necessary to the next generation of server and storage systems involved in the next generation of data center systems. It features a combination of HP ProLiant Gen9 servers backed up by HP Ethernet adapters, which in turn run on a similar basis as QLogic's line of controllers. HP Networking switches also get involved, and such systems' basis in Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk provides the bit of extra infrastructure needed to get such a system running at its full capacity.

Reports suggest that the QLogic system is particularly useful in virtualized environments, a point that's far from lost on the increasing user base for network functions virtualization (NFV) systems. The QLogic system is said to deliver excellent performance in both offload and network interface control (NIC), allowing for support for both version one and two of RoCE. A single Ethernet connection is enough to offer support for local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN) as well as the ability to offload multiple protocol at the same time. Meanwhile, those considering an upgrade from 10Gb Ethernet can consider 25Gb Ethernet a good option, as it can deliver 2.5 times the performance over one lane of copper.

QLogic's vice president of marketing for Ethernet products, Manoj Gujral, offered up some comment around the release, saying “The need for higher performing networks continues to increase for enterprise and cloud environments. Demonstrating 25Gb Ethernet adapter technology from QLogic with HP ProLiant Gen9 servers and HP Networking 25Gb Ethernet switching technologies validates the new capabilities that will soon be available to HP customers providing them with the ability to cost-effectively scale their IT environments with high performance networking solutions.”

In the end, the key point here is about improving network performance. Given the huge increase in traffic that takes place on the network routinely these days, including a host of applications from managing the remote workforce to engaging in videoconferencing, making sure that that traffic can flow unimpeded from one end of the network to another just makes sense. If the network is overloaded, then no one can work as effectively as could be done without the network overload. With HP and QLogic working to make a better network, it should help ensure HP's place in the business world for some time to come.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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