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Tested: QLogic Intelligent Ethernet Adapter QLE3442-CU-CK with Open-E software

Enterprise data storage solutions need a robust testing environment that is evaluated by replicating situations from the real world. That’s why Open-E’s partners regularly test their hardware in our laboratories. Systems that have been certified by Open-E’s engineers’ are fully compatible with Open-E storage software and considered suitable for all storage applications – performing even better in specific setups, depending on the equipment and configuration.

About QLE3442-CU-CK (SFP+)

The network adapter from QLogic delivers 10GbE performance across two ports. It’s a great choice for workload-intense virtualized computing environments. Through switch-independent NIC partitioning it enables provisioning of 10GbE ports for greater flexibility during deployment and improves CPU utilization for TCP/IP network traffic. The adapters can use either copper or optical connectors.

Module ModelQLogic FTLX8571D3BCL-QL
Bus InterfacePCI Express Gen3 x8
Firmwarebc 7.10.36
ManufacturerQLogic 3400 Series
ChipsetBCM57840

Testing methodologies

Open-E’s engineers used the following software to perform benchmarks:

  • FIO – an I/O performance benchmarking utility for Linux, UNIX-like systems and Windows

We tested the QLogic network adapter (driver version 1.78.58) with Open-E JovianDSS (b12855) software defined storage and Open-E DSS V7 (b10529).

These are the profiles that were used for the tests:

ProfileBlock SizeRandomSequentialREADWRITEIO DepthJob Amount
VDI4KB8020208082
Exchange 20034KB8020604031
Exchange 20078KB8020554531
OLTP4KB1000703021
SQL Server16KB1000663421
CCTV32KB1090208082
Database8KB1000673382
Fileserver32KB1000802082
Media Streaming64KB010095582
WEB Server4KB1000100082
ran_WRITE512B10000082
ran_READ512B1000100082
seq_WRITE1M0100010082
seq_READ1M0100100082

 

Performance Benchmarks

Open-E engineers tested specific profiles to determine strengths and weaknesses of each component. These are the results:

Performance benchmark Open-E JovianDSS and Qlogic network adapter

Performance benchmark Open-E DSSV7 and Qlogic network adapter

Summary

The QLogic Intelligent Ethernet Adapter QLE3442-CU-CK successfully passed all storage performance and IOPS tests. It provides host offload, which is especially useful in virtualized server environments. Our engineers recommend the adpaters to be used for any storage scenario. The card especially performed well with software-defined Open-E JovianDSS – reaching its maximum performance.

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1 Comment

  • Rachel D.

    June 16, 06 2015 10:50:00

    Awesome review and test. Just what I needed. Thanks!

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