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QLogic 10000 Series
8Gbps Fibre Channel-to-PCIe FabricCache Adapter

QLogic 10000 Series

QLogic Products
QLogic 10000 Series PCI Express
QLogic QLE10522 8Gbps Fibre Channel-to-PCIe FabricCache Adapter, SR LC Multi-Mode Optic + 200GB PCIe Daughter Card
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List Price: $14,285.00
Our Price: $8,405.00

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Overview:

The QLogic 10000 Series 8Gb Adapter is a ground-breaking enterprise-ready solution that combines QLogic's market-leading Fibre Channel adapter, intelligent caching and I/O management with connectivity to a server-based PCIe flash card to dramatically increase application performance. The QLogic FabricCache™ Adapter is a PCIe-based Fibre Channel Adapter that caches SAN data to accelerate server I/O access. The Adapter delivers accelerated caching offloads with adapter hardware, and provides shared caching for clustered, virtualized, and distributed workloads across the data center.

The QLogic 10000 Series 8Gb Adapter is a PCIe-based Fibre Channel Adapter that caches SAN data on a PCIe flash card or Flash Array LUN to accelerate application access to critical, frequently accessed 'hot' data. The 10000 Series offloads all caching to adapter hardware, which accelerates I/O and provides shared caching for clustered, virtualized, and distributed workloads across the data center. The 10000 Series also enables simple deployment by means of a single driver and management model that reduces software stack complexity.

QLogic 10000 Series Adapter highlights include:

  • Simplified server-based flash caching implementation uses a single driver model in the operating system (OS) software stack.
  • Caching offload to adapter hardware accelerates performance without consuming additional server memory or CPU cycles, while minimizing the quantity of I/Os processed in the server.
  • Hot data located close to the application increases workload performance and throughput, while improving storage performance and utilization.
  • Provisioning cache data pools across multiple servers allows clustered applications (Oracle RAC, DB2 pureScale, and VMware) to seamlessly share server-based flash memory.
  • FabricCache™ Flash Array Connect seamlessly connects to flash systems for greater enterprise caching capacity.
  • FabricCache™ Client provisions cache data across multiple servers to allow clustered applications to seamlessly share the cache, and provides a cost-effective high availability solution.
  • Seamlessly integrates data on server-connected flash memory with the SAN.
  • Uses QLogic's enterprise proven Fibre Channel driver stack and 8Gbps to PCI Express technology.

Features and Benefits:


Industry First

The 10000 Series FabricCache Adapter is an industry-first, patent-pending, SAN connectivity product that accelerates data throughput to dramatically improve application performance by using industry-standard PCIe Flash as its data cache.

Built on Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter, caching, and I/O management technology that has been hardened and proven in the enterprise, QLogic has created an adapter that transparently caches SAN data to QLE10000 Flash. The caching accelerates server I/O access and uniquely allows servers to pool and share access to the cache. Today's enterprise applications demand faster I/O access because they are clustered and virtualized, and have distributed workloads across the data center. The QLogic FabricCache Adapter uniquely addresses these needs by providing shared, cached data and adapter clustering, which in turn maintains cache coherence, high availability, and optimal allocation of cache resources.

Caching Offload to Adapter Hardware

The 10000 Series Adapter controls all caching and Flash cache management in the adapter hardware, with zero changes as a standard Fibre Channel adapter in the server. This control results in a solution that is application-transparent, as well as infrastructure and storage subsystemagnostic. The 10000 Series Adapter caching offload enables faster application response time, provides lower latencies for data access, and results in increased productivity.

By providing full hardware offload, QLogic adapters deliver significant performance benefits and remove the protocol processing overhead from the CPU. Offloading conserves precious CPU cycles for applications and services, and it maximizes server virtualization ratios and saves RAM.

Single Server Transparent Caching

Because the 10000 Series Adapter contains Fibre Channel adapter functionality, it is fully aware of the read/write I/O traffic on the Fibre Channel link in a single server. This awareness enables the adapter to make transparent data caching decisions based on throughput traffic patterns, thereby optimizing data access for all applications running on the server.

Clustered Server Transparent Caching

The 10000 Series Adapter delivers the ability to cluster adapters and share cache between servers. Clustering creates a logical group of adapters that provides a single point-of-management, which cooperates to maintain cache coherence and high availability, and while optimally allocating cache resources.

Unlike standard Fibre Channel adapters, the QLogic FabricCache Adapters communicate with one another using the Fibre Channel infrastructure. This communication provides cluster and cache management across multiple server nodes. After defining caches for LUNs on the SAN, each adapter identifies the owner of the LUN cache. Because all FabricCache Adapters recognize the cache owner for a specific LUN, I/Os are redirected to the cache owner. This distributed cache model enables a single copy of cached data, maximizing the use of the cache and making a very scalable infrastructure.

Comprehensive OS Support

Built on QLogic core Host Bus Adapter and storage routing technology, the 10000 Series Adapter uses the QLogic Fibre Channel driver and management stack enhanced for I/O caching. This model greatly simplifies deployment of the 10000 Series Adapter because the hardware provides all of the Flash and cache management, and each OS requires only a standard Fibre Channel driver. The driver uses the QLogic QConvergeConsole GUI and the Host CLI as management tools for cache creation and management, as well as standard Fibre Channel device management.

Technical Specifications:

Adapter Model QLE10522 (200GB) QLE10542 (400GB)
Physical Specifications
Ports Dual 8Gbps Fibre Channel Dual 8Gbps Fibre Channel
Form Factor
  • Storage adapter: low profile PCIe card (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
  • 200GB Flash daughter card: low profile PCIe card (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
  • Interconnect cables: 2.20 inches × 0.83 inches and 3.05 inches × 0.83 inches
  • Storage adapter: low profile PCIe card (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
  • 400GB Flash daughter card: low profile PCIe card (6.6 inches × 2.54 inches)
  • Interconnect cables: 2.20 inches × 0.83 inches and 3.05 inches × 0.83 inches
Environment and Equipment Specifications
Airflow 200 linear feet per minute (LFM) 200 linear feet per minute (LFM)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)
Storage Temperature –20°C to 70°C (–4°F to 158°F)
Humidity Relative 10% to 90% noncondensing
Storage 5% to 95%
Power Consumption Storage adapter 18.5 watts (typical)
PCIe Flash daughter card 21.5 watts (typical)
Host Bus Interface Specifications
Bus Interfaces (Two PCIe Slots Required)
  • Storage adapter: PCIe Gen2 x4 (x8 physical connector)
  • PCIe Flash daughter card: PCIe x8 power only
Host Interrupts INTx and MSI
Compliance
  • PCI Express Base Specification, rev. 2.0;
  • PCI Express Card Electromechanical Specification, rev. 2.0;
  • PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification, rev. 1.2
Fibre Channel Specifications
Throughput 8Gbps full-duplex line rate per port (maximum)
IOPS 310,000 initiator IOPS per adapter
Logins per Port 2,048 concurrent logins and 2,048 active exchanges
Negotiation 8, 4, and 2Gbps autonegotiation
Class of Service 2 and 3
Topology Switched fabric
Protocols
  • FCP-3-SCSI
  • FC-Tape (FCP-2)
Flash SSD Specifications
Bus Interface PCI Express power only (x8 physical connector)
Memory Type Single-level cell (SLC) NAND Flash
Capacity 200GB or 400GB
Tools and Utilities
QLogic Management Tools
  • QConvergeConsole, a unified GUI tool for adapter and cache configuration and management
  • Host CLI, a command line interface for adapter and cache configuration and management
  • CIM provider and vSphere™ plug-in for VMware
Agency Approvals
Safety US, Canada, and Europe
EMI and EMC (Class A) US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea
RoHS Compliance RoHS 6

Multimode Optic Cable Distance (meters)
Rate OM1 OM2 OM3
2Gbps 150 300 500
4Gbps 70 150 380
8Gbps 21 50 150

Documentation:

Download the QLogic FabricCache 10000 Series Adapter Datasheet  (PDF).

 

QLogic Products
QLogic 10000 Series PCI Express
QLogic QLE10522 8Gbps Fibre Channel-to-PCIe FabricCache Adapter, SR LC Multi-Mode Optic + 200GB PCIe Daughter Card
#QLE10522-C-CK
List Price: $14,285.00
Our Price: $8,405.00