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QLogic BR-815
Single-Port 8Gbps PCIe Fibre Channel Adapter

QLogic BR-815

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QLogic 800 Series PCI Express
QLogic BR-815 8Gbps Single-Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter, x8 PCIe, SFP+
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Overview:

The QLogic BR-815 and BR-825 Fibre Channel HBAs (8Gbps) leverage five generations of Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design. It leverages the same technology and features that make QLogic the market leader in storage networking, including frame-based trunking for additional performance and availability, and Virtual Channels (VCs) for Quality of Service (QoS) and isolation. This enables organizations to extend essential Virtual Machine (VM)-aware QLogic Advanced Fabric Services into the server.

Industry Standards Compliance
QLogic products conform to industry standards in a manner consistent with accepted engineering practices and procedures.

Server Connectivity for Next-Generation Data Centers
Today's IT professionals face the difficult challenge of reducing data center cost and complexity while satisfying numerous service-level agreements (SLAs) and performance requirements. As a result, organizations are seeking ways to improve server and storage usage, reduce ongoing operational costs, and increase their flexibility and responsiveness.

Two major industry trends aimed at reducing cost and complexity— server consolidation and virtualization—have quickly become the highest priorities for server administrators. Most data centers were designed to meet basic connectivity needs for physical servers, switches, and storage. However, consolidation and virtualization drive new connectivity requirements that legacy solutions are no longer able to meet, such as streamlined manageability, increased performance, and virtualization awareness. Performance of the applications under load and manageability are often critical concerns for organizations deploying server virtualization.

The BR-815 and BR-825 Fibre Channel adapters are a new class of server connectivity products with unmatched hardware capabilities and unique software features. This new class of adapters is designed to help IT organizations deploy and manage end-to-end SAN services across nextgeneration data centers.

Centralized Adapter Management
QLogic's Host Connectivity Manager (HCM) is an easy-to-use adapter management tool for configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting the QLogic BR-series adapters. HCM enables server administers to quickly configure BR-series adapters locally or remotely.

HCM scans the SAN environment to discover visible storage resources and display target LUNs. A simple to use graphical tree view provides fast access to the managed Host Bus Adapters, Converged Network Adapters, ports, and target storage resources. HCM also provides notifications of various conditions and problems through a user-defined event filter.

In addition to providing a graphical interface, QLogic also provides a powerful command line interface (BCU CLI), for scripting and task automation.

For holistic data center wide management, QLogic HCM is tightly integrated with Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) to provide end-toend configuration and management of the entire SAN infrastructure. Administrators can launch QLogic HCM from within BNA to provide singlepane- of-glass management of QLogic BR-series adapters and Brocade switches.

Unmatched Performance
With the recent advances in server technology, including Intel Romley processors, servers are now capable of running more workloads than ever. This drives higher consolidation and virtualization ratios, with more VMs being deployed per server, which in turn drives unprecedented I/O requirements. The superior performance of QLogic HBAs provides the necessary bandwidth and I/O power for the most demanding environments.

Ultimately, this means that businesses of all sizes can scale their virtual server deployments and virtualize high-demanding applications with greater confidence, resulting in better server resource utilization and lower capital and operational costs.

Optimized for Virtual Environments
In a non-virtualized environment, every application is tied to a physical server, which in turn connects to a physical SAN switch port in a "static" manner. Applying network policies such as zoning or QoS—or monitoring application performance—is simple because the application is permanently associated with the physical port.

With server virtualization, multiple applications reside in a physical server and share a physical SAN port. Furthermore, applications can move across the virtualized server infrastructure, based on a number of user-defined policies, to respond to dynamic business requirements. A virtualization-aware SAN infrastructure and server connectivity solution enables organizations to apply network policies at the VM level. Such policies will then be able to "follow" the application transparently as it moves to a new physical server.

QLogic HBAs were built from the ground up with virtualization in mind. They support NPIV with up to 255 virtual ports, and they are qualified with all major hypervisor solutions in the industry. Leveraging NPIV technology, organizations can not only extend QLogic fabric services to the server, but all the way to the VM and application level. Server Application Optimization (SAO) helps IT organizations avoid downtime and more effectively meet their SLAs by allowing them to apply QoS policies with a per-VM granularity and ensure that mission-critical VMs will not be affected in the event of HBA link congestion—even as they move across the infrastructure. SAO also provides isolation to protect individual VMs from the effect of slow-drain devices that would otherwise impact the entire physical server and all applications.

SAO extends QoS to the VM level
SAO extends QoS to the VM level

Optimal Support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
By supporting Windows Server 2012, QLogic Fibre Channel adapters enhance their ability to support Windows-based virtual workloads. Furthermore, their support of the Hyper-V virtual Fibre Channel feature enables direct connectivity to Fibre Channel SANs from within a Hyper-V VM, allowing Fibre Channel SANs to seamlessly support Windows-based virtualized workloads. Support for Fibre Channel in Hyper-V guests also includes support for many high-availability features, such as virtual SANs, clustered VMs, live migration, and multipath I/O (MPIO).

Accelerating Server Deployment with Dynamic Fabric Provisioning
Dynamic fabric provisioning (DFP) allows organizations to eliminate fabric reconfiguration when adding or replacing servers through the virtualization of host WWNs. DFP combines Brocade switch and QLogic adapter technology to reduce or eliminate the need to modify zoning or LUN masking. In addition, DFP enables pre-provisioning of virtual WWNs, helping organizations eliminate time-consuming steps when deploying new equipment or moving devices within a switch.

Features and Benefits:

  • Provides high-performance, line-rate 8Gbps Fibre Channel for enterprise-class, reliable SAN connectivity
  • Maximizes bus throughput with a Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Gen2 (x8) bus interface with intelligent lane negotiation
  • Delivers unprecedented performance with up to 500,000 IOPS per port, 1,000,000 IOPS per dual-port adapter, and up to 1600MBps per port, full duplex
  • Provides fabric-based boot LUN discovery for simplified SAN boot configuration for both DAS and diskless server deployments
  • Supports NPIV with up to 255 virtual ports
  • Provides optimal support for Windows Server 2012, including support for Virtual Fibre Channel

Technical Specifications:

Adapter Model BR-815 BR-825
  BR-815 BR-825
Physical Specifications
Ports Single-port, 8Gbps adapter Dual-port, 8Gbps adapter
Transceivers 8Gbps Fibre Channel LC-style pluggable (SFP+)
MMF (850nm)
Hot-swappable
8Gbps Fibre Channel LC-style pluggable (SFP+)
MMF (850nm)
Hot-swappable
Form Factor PCI Express low-profile form factor;
16.77cm × 6.89cm (6.60in. × 2.71in.)
PCI Express low-profile form factor;
16.77cm × 6.89cm (6.60in. × 2.71in.)
Bracket Size Standard: 1.84cm × 12.08cm (0.73in. × 4.76in.)
Low profile: 1.84cm × 8.01cm (0.73in. × 3.15in.)
Standard: 1.84cm × 12.08cm (0.73in. × 4.76in.)
Low profile: 1.84cm × 8.01cm (0.73in. × 3.15in.)
Environment and Equipment Specifications
Airflow No airflow required No airflow required
Power Dissipation 6W (full line rate) 6W (full line rate)
Operating Voltage 3.3V 3.3V
Operating Temperature 0ºC to 55ºC (32ºF to 131ºF) (dry bulb
Non-operating Temperature −43ºC to 73ºC (−40ºF to 163ºF) (dry bulb)
Host Bus Interface Specifications
Server Platform Intel (IA32, IEM64T), AMD (x86, 64), and Oracle (x86, SPARC)
Bus Interface PCI Express Gen 2.0 (x8) and Gen 3.0 compatible, with MSI-X and INTx
Fibre Channel Specifications
Data rate 8Gbps (1600MBps)
4Gbps (800MBps)
2Gbps (400MBps)
Performance Up to 500,000 IOPS per port at 4Gbps and 8Gbps
Protocols SCSI-FCP, FCP-2, FCP-3, FC-SP
Topology Point-to-point (N_Port), switched fabric (N_Port), including N_Port trunking with frame-based load balancing, FC-AL, and FC-AL2
Class of service Class 3, Class 2 control frames supported
Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP) DFP for Fibre Channel fabric assigned port worldwide name (FA-PWWN)
Boot-over-SAN
  • DAS (point-to-point topology) and diskless fabric-based LUN discovery
  • Boot-up delay in 1-, 2-, 5-, and 10-minute intervals
LUN Masking Initiator-based LUN masking for storage traffic isolation
Target Rate Limiting Throttles traffic based on target's (slower) speed capability
Software
Management
  • QLogic Host Connectivity Manager (HCM)
  • QLogic BCU CLI
APIs SNIA-HBA-API 2.0 and FDMI-I
Agency Approvals
EMI and EMC US: Bi-Nat UL/CSA 60950-1 1st Ed; ANSI C63.4; cCSAus: FCC Class B
Canada: Bi-Nat UL/CSA 60950-1 1st Ed; ICES-003 Class B; cCSAus
European Union: EN60950-1; EN55022 Class B and EN55024; TÜV Bauart, CE Mark
Australia/New Zealand: EN55022 and CISPR22 Class B or AS/NZS CISPR22; C-Tick
Russia: IEC60950-1; 51318.22-99 and 24-99; GOST Mark
Korea: KN22 and KN24; MIC Mark Class B
Taiwan: CNS 14336(94); CNS 13438(95) Class A; BSMI Mark
Safety UL60950, CSA C22.2 No.60950, Class 1 Laser Product per DHHS 21CFR J

1 Subject to availability of OS and hardware from respective OEMs.

Documentation:

Download the QLogic BR815 and BR825 Adapter Datasheet  (PDF).

 

QLogic Products
QLogic 800 Series PCI Express
QLogic BR-815 8Gbps Single-Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter, x8 PCIe, SFP+
#BR-815-0010
List Price: $1,275.00
Our Price: $828.00