Emulex Delivers 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Blade Adapters for Dell 16GFC Blade Solutions
End-to-End Solution Increases Performance and Efficiency; Utilizes Dell Integrated Remote Access Controller for Single-Pane-of-Glass Management
DELL STORAGE FORUM, PARIS and COSTA MESA, Calif., November 15, 2012– Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced it is delivering 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) blade adapters to support the new end-to-end 16GFC blade solution from Dell, which consists of Dell PowerEdge™ blade servers and Dell Compellent™ SC8000 storage arrays, as well as Brocade 6505, 6510 and M6505 switches. The Emulex LPm16002B-D dual-port adapters are based on Emulex LightPulse® 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapter (HBA) technology which is designed to meet the demands of today’s server virtualization and cloud initiatives, multi-core processors, and solid state disks (SSDs). The newest addition to the Dell and Emulex 16GFC solution family now extends Emulex 16GFC connectivity for Dell customers across blade, storage and servers, as Emulex’s Dell certified LPe16000 and LPe16002 16GFC HBAs are also qualified for Dell PowerVault™ MD3620f and MD3600f storage arrays, and Dell PowerConnect™ and Dell Force10™ switches.
“Massive growth in data, and the advent of flash/SSD based solutions, and the ever-growing need for more virtual machines (VMs) per server, is driving a more rapid transition to 16GFC,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. “Dell’s new 16GFC blade solution, leveraging Emulex 16GFC blade adapters, will give customers the first complete 16GFC blade solution, providing superior performance, integrated adapter management and reliability.”
Emulex 16GFC adapters are compatible with the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC™) with Lifecycle Controller systems management solution. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller technology allows administrators to deploy, monitor, manage, configure, update, troubleshoot and remediate Dell servers from any location, and without the use of agents. It accomplishes this regardless of operating system, hypervisor presence or state. Dell and Emulex further extend this technology by including support for the 16GFC HBAs; allowing administrators to configure, update, and monitor the adapters without the use of additional tools or agents. This solution will require an upgrade to iDRAC7 firmware version 1.30.30 and Lifecycle Controller2 firmware 1.1, both expected to release at the end of this year.
“Enabling a complete, end-to-end 16GFC blade solution for our customers – from blade, to switch, to adapter and storage – gives our customers a best of breed solution to help them meet their data center needs, from performance to reliability, to driving more throughput and enabling single-pane-of-glass management,” said Brian Payne, executive director of server solutions, Dell. “Emulex 16GFC blade adapters are a natural extension of our broad range of PowerEdge 12th generation blade servers. These blades streamline customers’ deployments with a common driver stack and management tools, and are compatible with previous Emulex I/O connectivity solutions for Dell storage arrays and blade servers.”
With more than 12 million ports shipped worldwide to date, backward compatibility to 4 and 8GFC adapters and a common driver stack and management tool across generations, Emulex field-proven 16GFC technology is ideal for Dell customers that are building next generation data centers designed for speed and agility. Emulex 16GFC adapters meet the following needs of IT professionals:
- Support for highly virtualized environments, faster databases, bigger clouds and SSDs: Emulex 16GFC adapters feature industry leading performance with more than five times the IOPS and twice the data throughput of 8GFC adapters,1 providing faster response times for high transaction databases, greater VM density required for cloud deployments and delivering the performance needed to match ultra-fast SSDs.
- Increasing VM Densities: Emulex 16GFC adapters leverage Emulex vScale™ for superior scalability, supporting up to 255 virtual functions (VFs), 1024 Message Signal Interrupts Extended (MSI-X) and 8192 concurrent logins and open exchanges, up to four times the number supported by competing 16GFC HBAs2, enabling support for more VMs per server than ever before.
- Simplified and Time-Saving I/O Management: With a single driver model, the Emulex 16GFC adapters can be controlled, configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand® Manager, enabling enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the adapter management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions.3 Emulex OneCommand® Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter™ Server allows users to manage Emulex adapters across hundreds of servers, natively from the VMware vCenter Server console so administrators don’t waste time juggling multiple management applications.
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Emulex, the leader in converged networking solutions, provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center. The company's product portfolio of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters, 10Gb Ethernet Network Interface Cards, Ethernet-based Converged Network Adapters, controllers, embedded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software are proven, tested and trusted by the world's largest and most demanding IT environments. Emulex solutions are used and offered by the industry's leading server and storage OEMs including, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp and Oracle. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif. and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. More information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) is available at www.Emulex.com.
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