Welcome to the Implementer’s Lab, a place where we will discuss how to use our products from your perspective —the hands-on users of our products. There are already great places on the Emulex website to find detailed information about our products and their positioning, with some competitive boasts too. There’s also a support section to download drivers and manuals, see interoperability information and even view a support knowledge base. The new Implementer’s Lab is aimed somewhere in the middle, with tools to show you how to use Emulex products as an element of a bigger application solution.
The cornerstone of the Implementer’s Lab is the Solution Implementer Series of technical how-to-guides, the results of relevant and extensive lab work. Everything written in the guides has been confirmed by our engineers, on the accurate steps to take using the latest versions of software available to us at the time of writing. Take a look at one our first guides, “Deploying 8Gb/s Fibre Channel with HP c-Class BladeSystem and ESX 4.1“. In this technical guide, we’ve taken every component needed to create the solution, installed it in our lab, and recorded each step in detail required to complete the exercise. We also took the time to note any special steps and workarounds that we uncovered during the process, all documented to help you to get the job done faster and easier.
Keeping in step with this “how-to” theme, we’ll write this regular blog to share some of the more interesting and useful technical minutiae that we discover while working in the lab. And sometimes it’s just easier to show you rather than write about it, so be sure to visit our video resources with product demonstrations and instructional videos ready for download.
Remember, the Implementer’s Lab was created for you, our technical partners and end-users, as a one-stop online best practices resource in deploying the latest I/O connectivity for storage and server implementations. Please let us know if we have got it right or if we should make changes. The purpose of this blog and the tools we produce is to give you what you need to simplify and optimize your deployments. The more you talk to us the better we will get at giving you what you want. We hope you’ll take advantage of the depth of useful information and look forward to your visits and input on a regular basis.