by Adam Armstrong

QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Now Available For Violin AFA

Today QLogic Corp announced that they are making their 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology available for Violin Memory Inc.’s all-flash array (AFA), Flash Storage Platform. The collaboration between the two companies will increase throughput and workload capacity for Violin customers. This is the latest in a string of collaborations aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and EMC, QLogic and Brocade, and QLogic and Fujitsu.

Violin has been delivering AFA solutions for some time now and offers several AFA solutions, from their entry-level 7300E with its 11TB capacity to their enterprise 7700 with its 1.3PB capacity. Violin’s arrays are powered with Concerto operating system (currently Concerto OS 7) and managed through a single-pane of glass, Symphony Management Console (currently Symphony 3). Violin’s platforms are aimed at performance and scalability, with simple management.

QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology claims industry leading native Fibre Channel performance. With over 1.2 million IOPS, reduced latency, high availability, and decreased power and cooling requirements, QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel enables organizations to improve price to performance while eliminating I/O bottlenecks. All QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel solutions are also backward compatible with 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel networks.

The combination of the two technologies allows customers to take advantage of both Violin’s storage arrays, ease-of-use, and low cost per GB, while using QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel to eliminate throughput bottlenecks. Violin customers should see accelerated application performance, enterprise-class data protection and increased scalability.

Violin’s Flash Storage Platform page

QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters Page

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