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May 14, 2013

Cisco News - Cisco MDS Storage Switches Certified with QLogic FlexSuite Adapters

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

QLogic has revealed that the latest Cisco (News - Alert) MDS 9710 Multilayer Director has been qualified for usage with QLogic FlexSuite adapters. Versatile, high performance building blocks for ground-breaking storage area networks or SANs will be offered by the QLogic FlexSuite adapters in association with Cisco MDS switches.

Fibre Channel, FICON, Fibre Channel over IP or FCIP, iSCSI, and converged networking with Fibre Channel over Ethernet or FCoE provides versatile, multi-protocol offerings by the Cisco MDS portfolio. The prize-winning, twin-personality 2600 and 8300 Series FlexSuite adapters from QLogic operate as 4/8/16Gb Fibre Channel adapters or as 10Gb Ethernet converged network adapters. QLogic FlexSuite offerings, in association with the novel Cisco solutions, provide incredible versatility and investment refuge, safeguarding SAN server and storage connectivity.

In a statement, Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing for Host Solutions Group at QLogic said, "Cisco and QLogic continue to deliver the performance and architectural flexibility that enable data centers to be more agile, cost-effective and reliable. Our solutions reduce complexity and deliver new levels of flexibility to meet the enterprise-class LAN and SAN connectivity demands of today's servers and storage, as well as provide a future-proof solution for the service-oriented, cloud-enabled data centers of tomorrow."

The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director is an extremely dependable storage director with N+1 fabric, completely redundant units and a fault-tolerant architectural design. Port-level isolation is offered by the high-availability architecture from QLogic. Continuous operations with expected scalability are offered by QLogic FlexSuite adapters and the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director.

Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of Cisco Data Center Group said, "Cisco's MDS solutions and QLogic's Fibre Channel and FCoE adapters unify customer storage architectures for easy manageability and operations. Cisco is pleased to work with QLogic to offer an open adapter environment, in which customers can select best-of-breed interfaces that best support their infrastructure, with the assurance of certification and interoperability."

Latest customer needs for SANs are fulfilled by the QLogic FlexSuite product portfolio in association with the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions. High-bandwidth, zero-downtime, multi-protocol storage networking solutions will be needed to sustain the rising development of data, virtualization, cloud computing and the implementation of flash and SSD technology.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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