Blog Detail

OEM Partnerships

Storage Networking and I/O – The Plumbing in your Data Center
Todd Owens|Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Technical Marketing Manager

Have you ever bought a house? If you have, you probably remember looking at lots of different homes before deciding on which one you were going to make an offer. As you inspected each potential property, you likely had a check list of things you wanted: nice kitchen (where everyone usually hangs out), good sized family room, enough bedrooms to accommodate your family, and of course bathrooms. Perhaps you also made notes regarding the size of the yard and the location of the home with respect to schools, parks, downtown and such. What about the plumbing? Was that on your checklist or did you just assume it was ok? What if everything else on your list looked great, and you buy the house only to find out the plumbing doesn’t work so great? That wouldn’t be too good would it?


Now let's look at buying servers and storage to upgrade your IT environment and make your business more competitive. Again you have a list: the type of processor, amount and type of memory and available disk space. Of course you also consider how the system is managed, how it scales for future growth and how much space it takes up in a rack. But do you ever check out the plumbing? Do you even consider your network and storage connectivity I/O options? Did you even know there were options for connecting the server or storage devices to the network or the SAN? Or do you just settle with the default?


If you just take the default, the results may not be what you desired. Without taking into account the I/O, you could find yourself in a situation where you can’t take advantage of the new server or storage technology that you acquired. The network could end up as a bottleneck, robbing you of the performance you expected to get from your upgrade. This means your Server Virtualization may not be able to scale as planned or your database queries don’t run as fast as they should.


QLogic works to design and deliver world class I/O for today's data centers. We work with OEM partners to optimize I/O connectivity to get the most out of their systems and solutions. Take Hewlett-Packard for example. HP offers a variety of I/O offerings for HP ProLiant servers and also offers StoreFabric storage networking solutions.


QLogic offerings in the HP portfolio include the following offerings for HP server and storage connectivity:


10Gb NICs: 10/20Gb FlexFabric Adapters: Fibre Channel Adapters: Converged Network Adapters:
HP NC523SFP 10Gb 2-port Server Adapter HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 533FLR-T Adapter HP QMH2562 8Gb FC HBA for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP CN1000Q Dual Port Converged Network Adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530SFP+ Adapter HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 534FLR-SFP+ Adapter HP QMH2672 16Gb FC HBA for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP StoreFabric CN1100R Dual Port Converged Network Adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530T Adapter HP HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 534M Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP81B PCIe FC HBA Single Port FC HBA
HP Flex-10 10Gb 2-port 530FLB Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 534FLB Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP82B PCIe FC HBA Dual Port FC HBA
HP Flex-10 10Gb 2-port 530M Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP FlexFabric 20Gb 2-port 630M Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class HP81Q PCIe FC HBA Single Port FC HBA
HP FlexFabric 20Gb 2-port 630FLB Adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Clas HP82Q PCIe FC HBA Dual Port FC HBA
HP StoreFabric SN1000Q 16Gb 1-port PCIe FC HBA
HP StoreFabric SN1000Q 16Gb 2-port PCIe FC HBA

All these QLogic adapters are designed with five key elements in mind: Performance, Reliability, Flexibility, Innovation and Control. The I/O technology provided by QLogic makes sure that your applications and storage devices have the opportunity to run at peak performance by optimizing the data flow to reduce the chance of bottlenecks.


So the next time you are building your new data center “house,” make sure to evaluate the “plumbing.” As we say at QLogic, I/O Matters; and to ensure you to get the most out of your server and storage investments, I/O matters more today than ever before.


For more information on QLogic offerings for HP environments, go to www.qlogic.com/go/hp or email us at hpsolutions@qlogic.com.