QLogic, Brocade & Lenovo – Three Peas in a Pod for Storage Health

GUEST BLOG BY BETH MCELROY (QLogic) AND MIKE EASTERLY (Brocade).

With the ever-changing landscape and rapid growth of today’s data centers, IT administrators are addressing multiple pain points while simultaneously determining how best and most effectively to spend their money. Recently, Enterprise Strategy Group asked over 600 IT professionals to identify their most important considerations when choosing IT investments. As noted in the ESG Lab Validation Report, top priorities included: return on investment, business process improvement and reducing operational expenditures.

For many, the life of IT organizations has either started to change or will need to change to overcome potential gaps they face within their companies. Customers require information urgently; many applications are struggling from slow provisioning at a time where monster VMs are screaming for higher performance; and the complexity of the storage area network (SAN) infrastructure requires even more orchestration. Add to this the growing demand for flash-based storage and faster connectivity, and it is clear, now is the time for IT organizations to change how they spend their IT dollars.

Insert QLogic and Brocade. Delivering advanced solutions for the data center, QLogic and Brocade’s increasingly tight partnership enables a level of collaboration that not only drives innovation, but aligns the companies’ technology and solutions portfolios.

Another result of the QLogic and Brocade partnership is QLogic’s recently announced StorFusion technology. Leveraging Brocade Fabric Vision to maximize application performance and simplify administration, StorFusion streamlines I/O management in virtualized data centers; provides advanced diagnostics that improves SAN visibility and reliability; and responds to customer challenges around the deployment of servers, storage and networking. The solution provides:

  • Improved total cost of ownership and reliability – The advanced diagnostics and monitoring suite combines QLogic Enhanced Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters with Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel switches to enable improved link diagnostics, faster troubleshooting of failing components, simplified cable identification and management, improved resiliency and performance, enhanced configuration management and performance.
  • Rapid deployment and orchestration – Automating and simplifying SAN deployment and management tasks by using software-defined dynamic fabric provisioning via fabric assigned port worldwide name (FA-WWN) and fabric-based boot LUN discovery (F-BLD). These features allow the data center to scale without compromising service-level agreements (SLAs) and can reduce the number of steps required to deploy servers by up to 30 percent, saving organizations a significant amount of time and effort, up to 75 percent in large server deployments.1
  • Performance SLA enforcement in multi-tenant and virtualized data centers – allows multiple virtual ports to share a single physical port, while maintaining minimum performance per virtual port and its related virtual machine (VM) all the way through the fabric using a frame based prioritization mechanism.2

This newly introduced technology makes it possible to change the current state of affairs in IT organizations, from the Lenovo server with QLogic Gen 5 adapters to the Brocade Gen 5 switches.

StorFusion and Fabric Vision are ideal offerings for Lenovo storage products such as the S2200/S3200 or IBM Storwize.

With teamwork and innovation, these three peas in a pod (Lenovo, QLogic and Brocade), are able to deliver advanced end-to-end solutions for the data center, helping to accelerate server deployments, maximize application performance and improve infrastructure reliability. Our mutual customers will benefit from increased infrastructure efficiency, reduced OPEX and simplified management.


1 ESG, QLogic 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapter with Brocade Fabric, August 2015

2 End-to-End SLA QoS requires all components in the SAN fabric to support CS_CTL based QoS