QLogic Corp. (QLGC), a supplier of network infrastructure solutions, announced it is a manufacturing and marketing partner for the new HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-port Fibre Channel module. This new Virtual Connect module extends the HP Virtual Connect portfolio and operates in HP BladeSystem c7000 and c3000 enclosures to provide “wire once – change ready” storage area network (SAN) connectivity for all HP ProLiant and Integrity BladeSystem c-Class blade servers.
“Traditionally, storage resources have been tied to a physical adapter and associated servers and therefore could not be assigned to virtual machines using the SAN administrator’s tools of choice such as zoning and selective storage presentation,” said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. “The new HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20 port Fibre Channel Module removes this storage network management limitation making it possible for each virtual machine to have its own unique worldwide name (WWN) address. SAN administrators can manage and provision storage to virtual adapters with the same methods and quality-of-service as physical adapters.”