SAN JOSE, Calif. – QLogic Corp. rolled out three 10 Gbit/second Ethernet products, two adapter cards and a chip supporting Fibre Channel over Ethernet, IP and iSCSI protocols. The products are QLogic's third generation in an industry trend toward converging more kinds of traffic on Ethernet links.
QLogic's OEM customers Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM issued statements supporting the move to converged networks. However none publically committed to using the latest QLogic parts.
The new products "feature a number of highly compelling industry breakthroughs including the ability to run multiple protocols including FCoE, iSCSI and Ethernet concurrently, which is highly complementary to our efforts at IBM to simplify and consolidate the data center,” said Alex Yost, vice president and business line executive, for IBM's BladeCenter group.
“QLogic’s flex ports technology for converged network switches enabled customers to shift protocol support on-the-fly, making protocol-agnostic data mobility a reality,” said Bob Laliberte, a senior analyst at the Evaluator Group, speaking in a QLogic press statement.
The new QLogic products also build in support for virtualization.
A broad range of vendors including Broadcom, Chelsio, Fulcrum, Marvel, Intel and others are fielding chips or cards for converged networks on 10G Ethernet. After a decade of work on 10G Ethernet networking, the technology is poised for rapid growth over the next two years, analysts say.
Many analysts expect 10G Ethernet to start appearing on many server motherboards starting late next year when Intel rolls out its SandyBridge processors. At an event last month, Intel showed its Romley board for those CPUs using 10G Ethernet.
In August, one market researcher said shipments of rack-mounted 10G Ethernet switches grew 300 percent to $500 million in the latest quarter.