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Emulex Announces Availability of Next Generation 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs
New Products Provide Critical Scalability and Enhanced Capabilities for Virtualized Servers and Database Applications
COSTA MESA, Calif., February 6, 2008 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced availability of its LightPulse® LPe12000 family of 8Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), which provide enhanced I/O performance and features that extend the benefits of server virtualization and meet the increasing demands of large transactional databases.
The Emulex LPe12000 family of HBAs offer twice the performance of today's leading products, providing the I/O scalability necessary to support an increase in the number of applications running on a virtualized server. Leveraging these new products to consolidate additional applications onto fewer physical servers increases the benefits of server virtualization, such as reduced procurement and management costs, as well as lower power and cooling costs.
Additionally, the LPe12000 provides the increased I/O processing speed and throughput needed by large business-critical databases and transaction processing applications to scale to support additional users and larger database files. With innovative features such as end-to-end data protection and advanced CPU off-load, the LPe12000 family meets the demanding requirements of next generation database applications.
"Capturing 13 design wins for our 8Gb/s products reinforces our leadership position with this generation of products and demonstrates the demand for advanced storage capabilities and features, such as data integrity and authentication, that only Emulex is providing to its end user customers," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corporation. "It is clear that our customers are focused on consolidation via virtualization, as well as leveraging multi-core and bladed servers, and Emulex is seamlessly delivering the enhanced functionality and bandwidth required with its 8Gb/s product family while providing seamless integration within their existing environments."
Virtualized servers running multiple applications, and business-critical database engines, require additional protection against data loss and security breaches, because the cost of such failures is high. Emulex's LPe12000 family of HBAs incorporate the enhanced security and data protection features needed to meet the demanding requirements of virtualized servers and business-critical applications in the data center.
The Emulex LPe12000 product family provides the following benefits:
- Increased performance and scalability with emphasis on virtualized environments:
- Increased performance for the Fibre Channel network (8Gb/s) and server bus (PCI Express 2.0)
- Accelerated response time, even when attached to 4Gb/s fabrics due to faster on-board processing
- Server CPU offload with Message-Signaled Interrupts eXtended (MSI-X)
- Hardware acceleration for virtual fabrics
- Advanced protection of corporate information assets:
- Data integrity protection (BlockGuard)
- Cost of ownership and investment protection:
- Scalability from the smallest to the very largest environments (increased number of configurable storage devices, of NPIV virtual ports, and of simultaneous exchanges)
- Enhanced power and cooling efficiency
- Common driver leveraging Emulex service level interface (SLI)
- Support for PCI-Express 1.0 and 2.0
- Auto speed negotiation to 2Gb/s, 4Gb/s and 8Gb/s for interoperability with legacy devices
- Enhanced maintainability:
- Advanced diagnostics on optical transceivers
- Enhanced non-volatile error logging
- High-temperature alerts and extreme temperature auto-shutdown
"The introduction of 8Gb/s HBAs by Emulex is a crucial next step towards increasing network capacity for next-generation data centers," said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst, Taneja Group. "Further, as virtualized server environments and databases continue to grow, Emulex's 8Gb/s HBA technology provides the vital protection against data loss and security breaches that enterprises require."
Designed to maintain backward compatibility with existing 4Gb/s and 2Gb/s Fibre Channel products, Emulex PCI Express 2.0-based 8Gb/s HBAs enable a seamless transition to next-generation SANs. Further, Emulex HBAs provide driver compatibility across all generations of Emulex HBAs, making the incorporation of the LPe12000 family into existing environments seamless.
For more information on Emulex LightPulse® Fibre Channel HBAs, please visit http:/ /www.emulex.com/products/hba/index.jsp.
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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