QLogic announced today that its FlexSuite technology will be providing the converged interface for Dot Hill's ninth-generation storage architecture. QLogic says that this technology will provide Dot Hill's OEM customers and channel partners with the industry's first mid-range 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI converged networking storage solution.
"Customers want higher bandwidth and greater flexibility in their storage solutions, and we've responded with the launch of our
ninth-generation architecture," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "This platform takes advantage of the revolutionary QLogic(R)FlexSuite dual-personality adapter technology to provide our customers with the fastest Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity available today, all from the same hardware. Our converged interface architecture
delivers unparalleled flexibility, allowing organizations to instantly convert their storage from Gen 5 Fibre Channel to 10Gb iSCSI and vice versa."
"Leading storage array vendors, such as Dot Hill, are able to deliver the most flexible, high-bandwidth storage solutions in the industry by leveraging QLogic FlexSuite dual-personality technology. By eliminating the need to 'rip and replace' existing hardware when transitioning to a new infrastructure, QLogic FlexSuite reduces complexity and future-proofs SAN investments," said Amit Vashi, vice president of products, technology and planning, QLogic. "By working closely with QLogic engineering and the QLogic application programming interface (API), Dot Hill is able to transition seamlessly from current architectures and speed time-to-market when delivering next-generation storage solutions. This partnership with Dot Hill illustrates why QLogic is the leader in iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity solutions for storage target customers."
QLogic designed their FlexSuite dual-port ASIC with the company's unique multi-port traffic isolation technology which lends greater reliability and security on implementations which feature dual-port solutions. This architecture features on-chip CPU and memory isolation, that ensures one port will continue to function securely should the other port experience issues. This technology is essential to enterprise level data centers, and assures the highest level of availability for mission-critical applications.