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The 2600 Series 1-Port 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Adapter from Q-Logic boast native Fibre Channel performance. It features single-port, line rate, 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel throughputs at low CPU usage with full hardware off loads. Gen 5 Fibre Channel resolves data center complexities by enabling a storage network infrastructure that supports virtualization features, application-aware services, and simplified management. This provides a next-generation storage-networking infrastructure capable of supporting the virtualized and cloud-enabled environments while fully leveraging the capabilities of high-performance 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel and solid-state disk (SSD) storage. These features help reduce cost and complexity while the16 Gb/s performance eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks in multi-processor, multi-core servers.
This 2600 Series adapter supports QLogic I/OFlex technology, which enables the administrator to modify the adapter's "personality" from Fibre Channel to Ethernet. This ability allows a 2600 Series adapter to transform from a 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus adapter to an 8300 Series 10 GbE Converged Network adapter that supports NIC, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and iSCSI traffic. This integrated, powerful flexibility simplifies deployment and reduces costs for organizations seeking to deploy a Fibre Channel SAN today and migrate to an Ethernet SAN in the future.
Integrated Brocade Fabric
QLogic 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapter include capabilities that are enabled when deployed with supported Brocade switches. By implementing these solutions together, SAN administrators can take advantage of enhanced features that improve availability, streamline deployment, and increase network performance. Support for Brocade ClearLink diagnostics, a key Brocade Fabric Vision technology, improves availability and support for high performance fabrics. Using the ClearLink diagnostic port (D_Port), administrators can run a battery of automated diagnostic tests to assess the health of links and fabric components. As a result, fabric deployment time is reduced and tedious, manual troubleshooting methods are eliminated, saving thousands of man-hours in enterprise environments.
Fabric pre-provisioning enables servers to be quickly deployed, replaced, and moved across the SAN. By leveraging Brocade's fabric-assigned port worldwide name (FA-WWN) and fabric-based boot LUN discovery (F-BLD) capabilities, the creation of zones, LUNs and other services can be completed before the servers arrive on site, eliminating time consuming, manual tasks that typically delay server deployment.Network performance can be dramatically improved by implementing the industry standard class-specific control (CS_CTL) based frame prioritization quality of service (QoS), which helps to alleviate network congestion. When connected to Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN fabrics and supported target arrays, traffic is classified as it arrives at the switch, and then processed on the basis of configured priorities. Traffic can bed ropped, prioritized for delivery, or subjected to limited delivery options. As a result, mission critical workloads can be assigned a higher priority than less time-sensitive network traffic for optimized performance.
QLogic's unified management application, QConvergeConsole (QCC), provides single-pane-of-glass management for QLogic storage and networking adapters (Fibre Channel, converged networking, NIC, and iSCSI). In addition, QLogic supports all major APIs for deployment flexibility and integration with third-party management tools, including the VMware vCenter.
QLogic 2600 Series 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel architecture continues to provide complete port-level isolation across its dual-port ASIC. This architecture, unlike other vendor solutions, provides independent function, transmit/receive buffers, an on-chip CPU, DMA channels, and a firmware image for each port. These features enable complete port-level isolation, prevent errors and firmware crashes from propagating across both ports, and provide predictable and scalable performance across both ports. These benefits are essential for enterprise data centers, assuring high availability for mission-critical applications.
This 2600 Series adapter is compatible with the same Fibre Channel software driver stack that has been tested and validated across major hardware platforms, hypervisors, and OSs, and has been experienced across millions of enterprise installations. The adapter is backward compatible with existing 4 Gb/s and 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel infrastructure, leveraging existing SAN investments. In addition, the 2600 Series adapter supports QLogic I/OFlex technology, which enables the administrator to modify the adapter's "personality" from Fibre Channel to Ethernet. This ability allows a 2600 Series adapter to transform from a 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus adapter to an 8300 Series 10GbE Converged Network adapter that supports NIC, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and iSCSI traffic. This integrated, powerful flexibility simplifies deployment and reduces costs for organizations seeking to deploy a Fibre Channel SAN today and migrate to an Ethernet SAN in the future.
In the Box
Q-Logic 2600 Series 1-Port 16 Gb/s Gen 5 Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Adapter
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Spare Low-Profile Bracket
Table of Contents
PCIe Gen3 x4, Gen2 x8 (x8 physical connector)
INTx and MSI-X
PCIe base specification, revision 3.0 PCIe card electro mechanical specification, revision 2.0 PCI bus power management interface specification, revision 1.2