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Dell 13th Generation PowerEdge Servers with QLogic Network Adapters
Don Wake|Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Technical Marketing Manager


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.


Dell OEM SKUs For QLogic 5th Generation 16 Gbps Fibre Channel Adapters
QLogic Model Factory Customer Kit/APOS Ports Form Factor Compatible Dell PowerEdge Servers
QLE2660 (FH);
QLE2660L (LP)
430-4969;
430-4970
430-4974;
430-4975
1; 1 PCI Express® (FH);
PCI Express (LP)
13G: R630, R730, R730xd; 12G: R520, R620, R720, R820
QLE2662 (FH);
QLE2662L (LP)
430-4971;
430-4972
430-4978;
430-4979
2; 2 PCI Express (FH);
PCI Express (LP)
13G: R630, R730, R730xd; 12G: R520, R620, R720, R820
QME2662 430-4967 430-4973 2 Blade Server Mezzanine Card 13G: M630; 12G: M620, M820

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.


QLogic Model Factory Customer Kit/APOS Ports Compatible Dell PowerEdge Servers
57810S Dual-Port 10GbE SFP+ CNA 430-4421 (FH1);
430-4422 (LP2)
430-4415 (FH);
430-4414 (LP)
2x10GbE SFP+ 13G: R630, R730, R730xd,T630; 12G servers R220,R320, R420, R520, R620, R720, R720xd,R820, R920,T420, T620; 10GbE SFP+ Ethernet; Switch Independent Partitioning
57810S Dual-Port 10GBASE-T CNA 430-4419 (FH);
430-4420 (LP)
430-4413 (FH);
430-4412 (LP)
2x10GbE RJ-45 13G: R630, R730, R730xd,T630; 12G servers R320, R420, R520, R620, R720, R720xd,R820, T420, T620; 10GbE RJ-45, Switch Independent Partitioning
57800S Quad-Port SFP+ Rack Converged NDC 430-4428 430-4410 2x10GbE SFP+ and 2x1GbE RJ-45 13G: R630, R730, R730xd,T630; 12G servers R620, R720, R720xd,R820, R920; 2x10GbE SFP+ and 2x1GbE RJ-45 Rack NDC; Switch Independent Partitioning
57800S Quad-Port 10GBASE-T Rack Converged NDC 430-4427 430-4409 2x10GbE RJ-45 and 2x1GbE RJ-45 13G: R630, R730, R730xd,T630; 12G servers R620, R720, R720xd,R820, R920; 2x10GbE SFP+ and 2x1GbE RJ-45 Rack NDC; Switch Independent Partitioning
57840S Quad-Port 10GbE SFP+ Rack Converged NDC 540-BBCN 430-5141 4x10GbE SFP+ 13G: R630, R730, R730xd,T630; 12G servers R620, R720, R720xd,R820, R920; 2x10GbE SFP+ and 2x1GbE RJ-45 Rack NDC; Switch Independent Partitioning
57810S Dual-Port 10GbE Blade Converged NDC 430-4398 430-4458 2x10GbE 13G: M630; 12G M620, M820; 2x10GbE Blade NDC; Switch Independent Partitioning
57810S Dual-Port 10GbE Blade Converged Mezzanine Card 430-4401 430-4457 2x10GbE 13G: M630; 12G M420, M520, M620, M820; 2x10GbE Mezzanine Card; Switch Independent Partitioning
57840S Quad-Port 10GbE KR Blade Converged NDC 540-BBCQ 407-0021 4x10GbE 13G: M630; 12G M620, M820; 4x10GbE Blade NDC; Switch Independent Partitioning

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.