QLogic have released new Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters for IBM HS22 blade servers which could be ideal for that virtualization or hpc solutions or where you wish to unify the network and storage down the one pipe. If we deployed FCoE with energy efficient blades on a virtualization project to replace existing hardware we might realize impressive results. I’m off to read up more, the article is below:
QLogic Single Chip Converged Network Adapters Power New IBM FCoE-enabled Blade Servers
QLogic CNAs and 10Gb CEE Pass-Thru Modules Integrated in Next Generation IBM HS22 Blade Servers; IBM Puts Enterprise Weight Behind FCoE
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 26, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Continuing to execute along a fast-paced trajectory to expand its industry lead in intelligent converged networking technologies, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced IBM (NYSE:IBM) is the first tier-one system vendor to integrate QLogic’s new single chip 8100 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) for native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity in IBM’s mainstream server portfolio.
Specifically, IBM will offer native FCoE connectivity on all IBM rack and tower series servers, including the new Intel Xeon 5500 “Nehalem”-powered BladeCenter and System x offerings, providing the latest in enterprise data center connectivity options to its customers while significantly lowering power consumption and heat dissipation across the enterprise. Optimized for blade servers and high-density storage systems, the QLogic 8100 Series CNAs support simultaneous storage and data networking traffic at full 10GbE line speeds, consume only one third the power of existing CNA chip sets and are the only CNAs on the market to completely eliminate the need for a heat sink. With today’s announcement, IBM is enabling customers to leverage the ubiquity and economics of Ethernet while preserving the investment and strengths of Fibre Channel.
“In a period of less than 60 days, QLogic announced the availability of a next generation, single chip CNA and announced a tier one server design win, further capitalizing on its first mover advantage in delivering production-ready FCoE technology,” said Bob Laliberte, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “As the FCoE market develops, securing key vendor design wins and go-to-market channels will be critical to establishing market leadership and accelerating adoption of FCoE technology. As evidenced by this announcement, QLogic is setting the pace.”