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Performance Scalability Matters – Especially When It Leads to Reduced CAPEX and OPEX
Steve Garceau|Thursday, March 19, 2015
Technical Marketing Manager

Underutilization of multi-core CPU hardware resources, the need to control overall hardware expenses, green initiatives and controlling IT staffing levels are driving virtualization of physical server resources to new heights. Given the space consumption, power, cooling, procurement and ongoing costs associated with servers in the datacenter, IT professionals are trying to maximize the utilization of resources as efficiently as possible.

I like to ask customers at trade shows "How many VMware vSphere® virtual machines (VMs) can you run on a single physical server to maximize your server consolidation effort?" Or take it a step further: "How many physical servers does it take to meet your virtualized data center'’s overall performance requirements?" The answer can vary depending on the application type where databases like SQL and Oracle will be much more resource intensive than less demanding application services like file or web. CPU, memory, and storage I/O all play important roles in answering questions surrounding ways to best maximize the server consolidation effort in the software-defined data center.

Improving server processor utilization is a key component of server consolidation, ultimately virtualizing the enterprise data center. Embracing virtualization to reduce server count delivers real savings to both capital and operational costs. IT professionals must plan and execute intelligently to minimize bottlenecks and implement Fibre Channel ecosystems that support required performance levels, growth plans and economic challenges. To meet these collective challenges, QLogic provides scalable, high-performance adapter architectures that can address the simultaneous demands placed by multiple VMs and applications in vSphere environments.

To make the best adapter choice for migrating your Fibre Channel infrastructure from 4Gb or 8Gb to the latest 16Gb Gen 5 technology, QLogic performed a series of head-to-head performance benchmarks which you can read about in the Competitive Brief: QLogic Fibre Channel Advantages in VMware vSphere 5. The results showed the I/O performance, scalability, and power consumption advantages of the QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters over the competition. These advantages can be summarized in relationship to the data center budget's bottom line: lower server costs, reduced power bills, lower cooling costs, and reduced operational expenses associated with server management.

Do More with Less: QLogic delivers performance advantages that correlate to a reduction in the number of physical server resources required to meet the performance levels demanded by popular virtualized application workloads. QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters are the right choice when customers want superior, scalable performance to achieve the highest density vSphere environment.

Real CAPEX Benefits

  • Lower Server Costs. QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters achieve the same level of performance and VM density as the competition, using up to 27% fewer physical servers.

Real OPEX Benefits

  • Reduced Operating Expenses. Fewer software licenses to purchase and maintain, less servers to maintain.
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