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Emulex Offers New Fibre Channel Network Express Module for Sun Blade 8000 Modular Systems
Network Express Module Provides Remote I/O Fibre Channel Expansion for Greater Scalability, Serviceability and Availability within Sun Blade Environments
COSTA MESA, Calif., February 6, 2007 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced the new 4Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) 20-port Network Express Module (NEM) and 2-port ExpressModule™ (EM) host bus adapter for Sun's record-setting, high performance Sun Blade™ 8000 Modular System. These new Emulex modular SAN connectivity solutions provide 4Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter functionality for the entire blade chassis external to the individual blade server.
The Emulex NEM and EM enable a high degree of flexibility, scalability and serviceability. The Emulex NEM and EM are external to each blade server, which reduces the impact of thermal and power requirements on the blade server. Additionally, new Fibre Channel ports can be installed, reconfigured and removed with zero downtime, allowing for enhanced flexibility, scalability and serviceability.
"Sun's unique approach to modular I/O implemented with the Emulex Network Express Module represents a space-efficient approach to providing high-density, hot-pluggable SAN expandability, which is critical for large-scale environments," said Mike McNerney, director of blade product line management, Sun Microsystems. "As the only blade architecture with industry-standard I/O and 100 percent hot-pluggable I/O, the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System, in conjunction with the Emulex NEM and EM, not only provides customers with record-setting blade performance, but offers up to 20 times the I/O throughput of competing solutions - allowing our customers to run their most demanding applications on a modular server form factor."
The Emulex NEM and the EM feature a state-of-the-art remote I/O architecture. This new design takes all the functionality typically delivered on a Fibre Channel HBA or Mezzanine card and houses it in a hot-pluggable I/O module. Up to 20 Emulex ExpressModule HBAs or four Network Express Modules can be installed in the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System chassis providing from two to 160 ports of Fibre Channel SAN connectivity. Available for use with the family of Sun server blades, the Emulex NEM and EM are compatible with Emulex standard HBAs, which are fully interoperable with Windows, Linux, Solaris and VMware platforms.
"As customer demand for increased capacity and processing power continues to rise due to robust compute environments, Emulex is committed to providing the most advanced enterprise-class solutions for our OEM customers," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing at Emulex. "Expanding our OEM relationship with Sun provides a robust and extensive SAN connectivity product portfolio to fully complement its high performance server blades."
Both modules include support for Emulex's time- and cost-saving HBA installation and management solutions, AutoPilot Installer and HBAnyware. Additionally, end users may leverage the benefits of Emulex's Virtual HBA technology and support for virtual fabrics.
The NEM (Sun model: SG-XPCIE20FC-NEM-Z; Emulex model: LPe11020-S) and EM (Sun model: SG-XPCIE2FC-EB4-Z; Emulex model: LPem11002-S) are available through Sun and its authorized resellers. For more information about acquiring these new Emulex modules from Sun, visit www.sun.com/servers/blades/8000.
Emulex Corporation creates enterprise-class products that intelligently connect storage, servers and networks. The world's leading server and storage providers rely on Emulex's award-winning HBAs, intelligent storage platforms and embedded storage products, including switches, bridges, routers and I/O controllers, to build reliable, scalable and high-performance storage and server solutions. Emulex is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ELX) and has corporate headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. News releases and other information about Emulex Corporation are available at www.emulex.com.
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