QLogic high-performance I/O solutions have been integrated with Dell for many years and have evolved alongside the PowerEdge Server line. Dell recently announced its most advanced lineup of servers to date, further demonstrating our common perspective on how best to solve our customers' needs.
Accelerate Application Performance
Dell PowerEdge servers are designed for accelerating applications such as real-time data analytics, databases, ERP and CRM. A natural pairing with this server architecture is found in QLogic 16 Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters, which deliver maximum application performance in Fibre Channel SANs.
The QLogic White Paper, QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 FC HBAs - Double Performance and Flexibility, discusses performance improvements in the same data intensive enterprise applications for which these newest Dell servers are designed.
The chart identifies how QLogic adapters are an ideal solution for high-density virtualized and cloud computing environments, delivering the best performance for enterprise applications, such as Oracle databases and Microsoft Exchange, while offloading multiple protocols.
There are many server and Fibre Channel adapter combinations to choose from with Dell and QLogic as the following table details.
Advance Software Defined Data Center Architecture
The software defined data center (SDDC) is a popular architecture employed by cloud-based managed service providers (MSP), which offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for business of all sizes. In a typical MSP environment, many physical resources are maintained in separate geographies and interconnected to the cloud via highly virtualized software-defined networks (SDN). Dell PowerEdge 13th generation servers are designed to offer features for MSPs, as well as traditional Ethernet LANs and Fibre Channel SANs.
SDDC architectures demand that servers be connected to the cloud with a networking adapter that supports and optimizes customer applications running across an SDN. The QLogic line of 10GbE converged network adapters (CNA) include SDN and other virtualization features, in addition to providing full iSCSI and FCoE hardware offload.
To optimize SDN, QLogic CNAs provide tunneling protocol, hardware-based offload in the adapter (in the form of VXLAN and NVGRE). A customer application deployed into a multi-tenant, virtualized environment can share hardware over a wide physical area. By providing tunneling offload, QLogic CNAs ensure the adapter, and not the server CPU, handles network traffic. This enables a higher bandwidth connection to the cloud, leaving the Dell PowerEdge server CPU dedicated to customer application processing at superior speeds. The following is a sampling of the QLogic CNAs that support high bandwidth, multi-tenant workloads and offer full hardware offload of iSCSI and FCoE storage protocols within the adapter.
It is clear that the integration of Dell servers and QLogic adapters provide the high-speed connectivity customers need in advanced IT environments, as well as traditional data center infrastructures. When you think of the leader in I/O, think QLogic.