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April 23, 2009

QLogic announces 8Gb Fibre Channel mezzanine adapter

QLogic QMH2562 adapter enhances connectivity in HP BladeSystem Matrix environments

By CBR Staff Writer

QLogic has announced an advanced 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity service, the QMH2562 PCI Express-based mezzanine adapter, for the new HP BladeSystem Matrix, a single domain of infrastructure capacity that can reportedly be carved up and allocated to application needs in an optimized way.

QLogic claims that the QMH2562 PCI Express-based mezzanine adapter, available now from HP, delivers twice the data throughput as the company’s previous generation 4Gb mezzanine adapter, and that it is specifically optimized for highly virtualized environments and consumes the lowest power amongst its class of 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters.

Custom designed for HP BladeSystem c-class blade servers, the QMH2562 adapter enhances connectivity in HP BladeSystem Matrix environments with N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) technology, which enables multiple virtual connections to share the same physical port, said QLogic.

According to the company, the QMH2562 provides comprehensive access control for virtualized Fibre Channel SAN environments, including fabric-level isolation through QLogic NPIV technology and end-to-end data integrity. Through the use of overlapping protection domains, the QMH2562 reportedly ensures that data never goes unprotected, not even for the smallest fraction of time. QLogic OPD generates a new check (parity or ECC) before stripping out the old check. The new check ensures that at all times data remains protected as it traverses through the Fibre Channel controller.

Roger Klein, vice president and general manager for QLogic’s host solutions group, said: Designed for highly virtualized platforms like the HP BladeSystem Matrix, QLogic QMH2562 adapters deliver the virtualization capabilities and 8Gb Fibre Channel bandwidth necessary for next-generation enterprise data centers.

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