SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard is adopting new Fibre Channel over Ethernet chips from Emulex and QLogic in its latest round of data center systems. The move gives a much boost to the upcoming suppliers who face competition from entrenched chip designers including Broadcom, Intel and Marvell.
HP announced its new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) products as part of a broad line of new security systems, including network appliances it acquired with Tipping Point. FCoE is seen as the next big step in converging networking, storage and ultimately clustering traffic on Ethernet-based links
On the networking side, HP adopted the Bullet 10G FCoE switch from QLogic, a new device that competes with chips from entrenched suppliers Broadcom and Marvell. One unique attribute of the Bullet is it also supports native Fibre Channel. On the blade server, HP is using a new FCoE LAN-on motherboard chip from Emulex that competes with offerings from Broadcom and Intel.
"HP has really enabled those new players, keeping their vendor base on their toes," said Bob Wheeler, a senior analyst with the Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.).
The QLogic Bullet is used in the new HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port module for HP's BladeSystem servers. The chip builds in a non-blocking cross bar switch to help support Ethernet, Fibre Channel or iSCSI traffic over a single link. It uses technology QLogic acquired from NetXen.
The Bullet chip is available to other OEMs, but Qlogic has not released its price or power consumption. It plans to use the ASIC as the basis for developing FCoE switching solutions for OEMs, including edge switches, blade switches, I/O modules and top of rack switches.