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QLogic Enables Cost-Effective Migration From 1GbE To 10GbE Networks While Preserving IT Investments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that it has added a 10GBASE-T model to its 3200 Series portfolio of Intelligent Ethernet Adapters. The new QLogic® dual-port QLE3242-RJ rounds out the 3200 Series, which includes support for SR optics, LR optics, twinaxial (twinax) copper and now twisted pair cabling. Although still in the early stages of deployment, 10GBASE-T is expected to eventually overtake other cabling options given its distance and cost advantages over direct-attached copper and optical fiber alternatives. Delivering full backward-compatibility with an installed base of millions of 1GbE twisted pair switch ports, the QLogic QLE3242-RJ makes it easy for organizations to migrate seamlessly to 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) networks.

QLogic QLE3242-RJ 10GbE adapters offer several key benefits:

  • Investment protection and reduced costs

Unlike more expensive twinax copper, 10GbE SR and LR alternatives, 10GBASE-T offers full backward-compatibility and auto-negotiation with legacy infrastructure investments in Gigabit Ethernet (1Gb/second) and Fast Ethernet (100Mb/second). Additionally, direct-attach copper can't compete with the 100 meter reach of 10GBASE-T. Customers can connect QLogic QLE3242-RJ adapters to their existing 1GbE twisted pair infrastructure (1GbE RJ45 switch ports), protecting existing IT investments and initiating a cost-effective transition to 10GbE networks.

  • Five-year warranty protection

QLogic offers the industry's only portfolio of Fibre Channel, 10Gb Intelligent Ethernet and converged networking adapters to be backed by a five-year standard warranty. Raising the bar for reliability in data and storage networking, QLogic helps customers achieve a higher return on their investments with critical data center hardware that is ensured to be operational over a longer lifetime. All QLogic-branded 3200 Series Intelligent Ethernet adapters are warrantied for three years at purchase; customers can extend their warranty to five years at no charge simply by registering their adapters at http://connect.qlogic.com/extendwarranty/index.aspx

  • Network and storage I/O virtualization

QLogic VMflex innovation—the industry's first switch-agnostic NIC partitioning (NPAR) technology—provides the flexibility to partition each physical port into four virtual partitions and assign Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth parameters to each virtual partition.

  • Cloud enabling

The ability to allocate bandwidth and set priorities for each virtual partition enables granular QoS settings that are essential for shared public and private cloud deployments.

  • Enterprise performance

The QLE3242-RJ provides the line-rate performance and latencies similar to direct-attach copper cabling, required to support enterprise workloads.

  • Simplified and secure management

QLogic QConvergeConsole (QCC) provides a single management application to install, configure and update drivers and firmware on multiple adapters simultaneously. QCC has the unique ability to enable remote and simultaneous network-wide management of network parameters for 3200 Series adapters. QCC provides secure, separate access to LAN and SAN administrators through role-based authentication. 

"Based on our widely adopted, battle-tested networking stack, QLogic 10GbE adapters make it easy for customers to migrate to next-generation converged enterprises, virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "The 100 meter range and backward compatibility features of our new 10GBASE-T adapter make it a highly compelling option for organizations that want to leverage their 1GbE RJ45 switch investments and transition easily to 10GbE networks at their own pace."

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