Tight integration with Emulex and IBM technology
Emulex is delivering integrated 10Gb/s Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity across a broad spectrum of IBM servers, demonstrating tight integration between Emulex and IBM for its next-generation of x86 and blade servers. The Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) for IBM System x is integrated into eight System x and BladeCenter platforms, so the benefits of Emulex technology are included by simply selecting the right model server. IBM System x and BladeCenter models with Integrated Emulex VFAs feature line rate 10G performance and the ability to upgrade to FCoE with no additional hardware needed.
Optimized Network Connectivity
The Emulex 10GbE Integrated VFA for IBM System x is a high-performance, dual-port network adapter for 10GbE networks. Integrated into select IBM System x servers, it offers the benefits and flexibility of I/O convergence on a single end-to-end solution. Protocol offload for stateless TCP/IP and TCP Offload Engine (TOE) provide maximum bandwidth with minimum use of CPU resources.
Superior 10Gb/s performance
The Emulex 10GbE Integrated VFA for IBM System x achieves line rate 10Gb/s performance with full TCP/IP offload to reduce system processor utilization, provide increased system performance and reduce overall system power requirements.
One adapter to manage all workloads
The Emulex 10GbE Integrated VFA for IBM System x is based on the Emulex OneConnect™ Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) platform that also includes support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI protocol offloads. By using a common infrastructure for Ethernet and storage networks, data centers can reduce capital expense (CapEx) for adapters, switches and cables, and operational expense (OpEx) for power, cooling and IT administration.
Greener data centers
The Emulex OneConnect UCNA platform delivers industry-leading performance and scalability per watt, reducing requirements for power and cooling. Protocol offload enables efficient use of computing resources, supports more virtual machine (VMs) per CPU, and reduces the number of servers required to support data center demands.
Advanced error checking
End-to-end data protection with hardware parity, CRC, ECC and other advanced error checking and correcting ensure that data is safe from corruption.
OneCommand Manager application
The OneCommand Manager application enables centralized management of Emulex OneConnect UCNAs and HBAs throughout the data center from a centralized management console. The OneCommand Manager application provides a graphical user interface (GUI) and a scriptable command line user interface (CLI), which drive administration efficiency and business agility.
Network boot and installation
Support for Preboot eXecutive Environment (PXE) makes the Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM System x an ideal solution for diskless deployments.
A single installation of drivers and applications for Windows servers eliminates multiple reboots and ensures that each component is installed correctly and OneConnect UCNAs are ready to use.