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Emulex rolls adapters for flash, cloud environments

28 Aug 2013

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Emulex Corporation has rolled out three new products based on the Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) technology, including the LPe16004 quad-port Gen 5 (16GFC) FC HBA, the LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5 (8GFC) HBA, and the LPe16202 dual-port converged fabric adapter (CFA). The new Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters can be deployed as either host initiators or storage targets, delivering superior latency and maximising I/O performance and bandwidth.

"Our new quad-port Gen 5 FC HBA is the only HBA in the market that provides up to 2.4 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) and four ports of full Gen 5 FC (16GFC) performance on a single HBA, driving mission critical virtualisation, database, and storage target workloads. Our new quad-port low profile Gen 5 8GFC HBA uniquely delivers the PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 performance needed for virtualisation and cloud workloads on mainstream 8GFC infrastructures, yet is compact enough for dense, 1U servers," said Shaun Walsh, Emulex 's senior vice president of marketing and corporate development.

The new Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs are ideal for deployment with IOPS-hungry flash and cache workloads, enabling data centres to achieve maximum performance and quality of service (QoS) across the network between their caching devices or flash based arrays. New Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs also enable increased virtual machine (VM) ratios, mission-critical application virtualisation, and support larger/faster database applications with the best IOPS and latency performance in the industry today.

The new LPe16202 dual-port Gen 5 FC CFA is capable of Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16Gb/8Gb Fibre Channel) or 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) personalities for virtualized data centres and private clouds, providing unparalleled flexibility to run multiple protocols and speeds with a simple optics change. The ability to change fabric personalities is seamless via plug-and-play auto-detection of SFP+ optical transceivers without software configuration changes. Depending on which optical transceiver is installed, the CFA will intelligently know to run in FC or FCoE mode. In an Ethernet environment, the LPe16202 CFA provides full Ethernet connectivity concurrently with FCoE and also supports direct attach copper (DAC) for 10GbE connectivity.

"In addition, our new dual-port CFA enables data centres, service providers, and specialised appliances to run FC one day and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) the next without disruption. This is critical in multi-tenant environments because it enables adapter standardisation for data centres that run both FC and FCoE SANs simultaneously, which streamlines deployment, reduces cost and overhead inventory," added Walsh.

All Emulex HBAs and CFAs offer OneCore Storage Software Development Kit (SDK) support. The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK provides simplified driver support to accelerate the process of developing Gen 5 FC storage solutions to meet the dynamic needs of the storage array and storage appliance markets that require enterprise-class, high bandwidth and low latency I/O connectivity. All Emulex HBAs and CFAs can also be controlled, configured, and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand Manager to enable enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions. Emulex OneCommand Manager plug-in for VMware vCentre Server allows users to manage hundreds of Emulex adapters natively from the VMware vCentre Server console with the option of using a web=based client or desktop client.

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