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QLogic BR-1020
Dual-Port 10Gbps Converged Network Adapter

QLogic BR-1020

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QLogic 1000 Series PCI Express
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The BR-1020 (dual port) Converged Network Adapter (CNA) integrates 10Gbps Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) functionality with Fibre Channel technology—enabling transport over a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connection through the new Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols, providing best-in-class LAN connectivity and I/O consolidation to help reduce cost and complexity in next-generation data center environments.

  • Provides high-performance line-rate 10Gbps Ethernet for enterprise-class, reliable LAN connectivity
  • Supports DCB for low-latency, lossless, and deterministic 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity and storage over Ethernet applications (FCoE and iSCSI)
  • Delivers advanced Ethernet performance, including IPv4 and IPv6 checksum offload, RSS, HDS, jumbo frame support, and TSO
  • Provides scalable connectivity features across a secure, multiprotocol, lossless environment
  • Enables a single storage driver for both QLogic BR-Series Converged Network Adapters and Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

Today's IT professionals face the difficult challenge of reducing data center cost and complexity while satisfying numerous Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and performance requirements. As a result, organizations are seeking ways to improve server and storage utilization, reduce ongoing operational costs, and increase their flexibility and responsiveness.

Features and Benefits:

Improved TCO Through I/O Consolidation

DCB is a new set of industry standards that enhances the Ethernet protocol to enable low-latency, lossless, and deterministic network infrastructure for storage and other highly demanding traffic types. QLogic CNAs support all of these standards, including Priority-based Flow Control (PFC), Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), Congestion Notification (CN), and Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX).

FCoE encapsulates and transmits Fibre Channel frames over this enhanced Ethernet infrastructure while preserving the Fibre Channel constructs and management paradigm for backward compatibility and investment protection.

By leveraging these technologies, QLogic CNAs enable organizations to consolidate multiple 1 GbE NICs and Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) into a single adapter. QLogic CNAs provide a powerful 10Gbps solution that helps consolidate both TCP/IP and storage (iSCSI/FC) traffic over a single link. This helps significantly reduce server deployment costs, as well as power and cooling requirements, delivering best-in-class LAN and SAN connectivity while reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Unified Management

QLogic CNAs enable Virtual Machine (VM) discovery in VMware ESX environments within QLogic DCFM. VM discovery provides an end-to-end view of the VM-to-LUN path information for all the VMs running on each physical server. This provides unprecedented levels of visibility into the virtual server infrastructure, enabling network administrators to more efficiently manage their storage network resources.

For simple device configuration, driver updates, or to obtain CNA and port statistics, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) element manager—QLogic Host Connectivity Manager (HCM)—and a Command Line Interface (CLI) are also available. Both QLogic DCFM and HCM provide open APIs and standards-based interfaces for integration with popular third-party applications and higher-level frameworks to help orchestrate network services.

The 1000 Series adapter integrates with Brocade® Network Advisor to help simplify SAN and LAN management.

Unmatched Performance

The explosive growth of server virtualization and high-bandwidth applications, such as video-on-demand and High Performance Computing (HPC), are leading to increased performance demands, making 10Gbps connectivity a key requirement. Recent advances in server technology, including Intel Romley processors, now enable servers to run more workloads, increasing consolidation and virtualization ratios. With more VMs deployed per server, network bandwidth and storage I/O requirements are higher than ever before.

QLogic CNAs are fully featured 10 GbE NICs that deliver 10Gbps line rate performance per port. They provide stateless networking offloads such as TCP checksum and segmentation offloads for improved performance and more efficient CPU usage. Additional CPU cycles can then be dedicated for additional application processing.

QLogic CNAs deliver full hardware-based FCoE offload to provide superior performance for storage applications.

Ultimately, this means that businesses of all sizes can scale their virtual server deployments and virtualize highly demanding applications with greater confidence, resulting in better server resource utilization and lower capital and operational costs.

Optimized for Virtual Environments

In non-virtualized environments, applications are tied to physical servers, which in turn connect to physical switch ports in a "static" manner. Applying network policies or monitoring application performance is simple because the applications are permanently associated with the physical ports.

With server virtualization, multiple applications share a physical switch port. Furthermore, applications can move across the virtualized server infrastructure based on a number of user-defined policies and in response to dynamic business requirements. Virtualization hypervisors implement virtual switching technologies to connect the VMs to the network, and to move data between VMs.

Virtual Machine Optimized Ports (VMOPs) offload the hypervisor of essential virtual switching tasks, such as incoming packet classification and sorting tasks, helping to reduce latency and improve throughput while freeing CPU cycles that can be used to further scale an organization's virtualization environment.

QLogic CNAs support N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) with up to 255 virtual ports, and are qualified with all major hypervisor solutions in the industry. Leveraging NPIV technology, organizations can extend QLogic fabric services to the server and all the way to the VM and application level.

Technical Specifications:

Adapter Model BR-1020
Physical Specifications
Ports Dual-port 10Gbps Ethernet
  • 10Gbps Ethernet LC-style pluggable (SFP+), SR (850nm) and LR 10km (1310nm), hot-swappable
  • 10Gbps Ethernet direct-attached active Twinax SFP+ copper cable (1m, 3m, 5m), hot-swappable
Form Factor Low-profile MD2 form factor PCI Express card:
16.77cm × 6.89cm (6.60in. × 2.71in.)
Distance Support
  • 26 meters at 10Gbps on 62.5μm multimode fiber
  • 82 meters at 10Gbps on 50μm (OM2) multimode fiber
  • 300 meters at 10Gbps on 50μm (OM3) multimode fiber
  • 10 kilometers at 10Gbps on 9μm single-mode fiber
  • 5 meters at 10Gbps over active Twinax cable
Environment and Equipment Specifications
Airflow 45 linear feet per minute (LFM)
Operating Temperature 0ºC/32ºF to 50ºC/122ºF (dry bulb)
Non-operating Temperature –43ºC/–40ºF to 73ºC/163ºF (dry bulb)
Operating Humidity 5% to 93% (relative, non-condensing)
Non-operating Humidity 5% to 95% (relative, non-condensing)
Power Dissipation 8.5W
Operating Voltage 3.3V
Host Bus Interface Specifications
Server Platform Intel (IA32, IEM64T); AMD (x86, 64); Oracle/Sun (x86, SPARC®)
Bus Interface
  • PCI Express Gen 2.0
  • Compatible (x8) with MSI-X and INTx
Ethernet Specifications
DCB Support
  • Priority-based flow control (PFC: 802.1Qbb)
  • Enhanced transmission selection (ETS: 802.1Qaz)
  • Congestion notification (802.1Qau)
  • DCBX
Performance 10Gbps line rate per port
Frame Sizes All standard Ethernet frame sizes supported, including: 9,600-byte jumbo frames; mini-jumbo frames
Ethernet Acceleration IPv4/IPv6, TCP, and user datagram protocol (UDP) checksum offload; IPv4 header checksum offload; TCP segmentation offload (TSO); receive side scaling (RSS); header data split (HDS); VLAN insertion/stripping and filtering
FCoE Specifications
Protocols FC-SP, FC-LS, FC-GS, FC-FS2, FC-FDMI, FC-CT, FCP, FCP-2, FCP-3, FC-BB-51
Performance Up to 500K IOPS per port (1M IOPS per dual-port adapter)
Logins Support for 2,048 logins and 4,096 exchanges
Class of Service Class 3, Class 2 control frames supported
  • QLogic Host Connectivity Manager (HCM)
  • QLogic BCU CLI
Management APIs SNIA HBA API v2.0, SMI-S, and FDMI-1
Agency Approvals
  • United States: CSA 60950-1-03 First Ed; ANSI C63.4; cCSAus; FCC Class B
  • Canada: UL60950-1, First Ed; ICES-003 Class B; cCSAus
  • European Union: EN60950-1; EN55022 Class B and EN55024; TÜV Bauart, CE Mark
  • Australia/New Zealand: EN55022 and CISPR22 Class B or AS/NZS; ISPR22; C-Tick
  • Japan: CISPR22 Class B and JEIDA (Harmonics); VCCI-B
  • Korea: KN22 and KN24; KCC Mark Class B
  • Russia: IEC60950-1; 51318.22-99 and .24-99; GOST Mark
  • Taiwan: CNS 14336(94); CNS 13438(95) Class A; BSMI Mark


Download the QLogic BR-1020 Adapter Datasheet  (PDF).


QLogic Products
QLogic 1000 Series PCI Express
USA: FREE Ground ShippingQLogic BR-1020 Dual-Port 10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe FCoE Converged Network Adapter, No Transceivers Installed
List Price: $952.00
Our Price: $618.00
USA: FREE Ground ShippingQLogic BR-1020 Dual-Port 10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe FCoE Converged Network Adapter, SR Optics
List Price: $1,913.00
Our Price: $1,231.00