Third Generation Converged Network Adapter (3GCNA)
As the IT industry continues to push commoditization across the enterprise, its next target appears to be the Ethernet switching realm. How so you ask? Network Convergence and the newest CNA offering from QLogic is the 3GCNA a valiant effort into full commoditization of Ethernet switches.
3GCNA’s provide support for multi-protocol (iSCSI, FCoE) and QLogic’s newest 3GCNA allows VM’s to switch protocols on the fly. Can you leverage this in your enterprise? You bet you can, direct benefit day one by adding this into your Tiering strategy (tier by disk and protocol) to lower your operational expenses. QLogic then takes the offering up one level further by allowing direct VM to VM communication. I envision this having direct impact in your environment from an admin standpoint can you envision a larger impact?
The dual trends of network convergence and server consolidation are driving major changes aimed directly at server I/O. This drives home one of my favorite points for 2010 flexibility within your IT infrastructure and the 3GCNA brings this flexibility in a big way.
Looking forward to the competition leap frogging this CNA offering and how it can benefit enterprises.