Optimized network connectivity
Emulex is delivering integrated 10Gb 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 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) III for IBM System x, based on the BladeEngine 3 (BE3) controller, is integrated into System x platforms, so the benefits of Emulex technology are included by simply selecting the right model server. It offers the benefits and flexibility of I/O convergence with a single end-to-end solution. An upgrade option can be used to add support for storage networks using iSCSI or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) with full protocol offload¹.
Superior 10Gb/s performance
The Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III for IBM System x achieves line rate 10Gb/s performance with support for TCP/IP stateless offloads and TCP Chimney Offload. TCP Chimney Offload reduces system processor utilization, provides increased system performance and reduces overall system power requirements.
The Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III for IBM System x provides the option to support FCoE, seamlessly converging Fibre Channel and Ethernet I/O while leveraging ten generations of proven Emulex Fibre Channel technology. By using a common infrastructure for Ethernet and storage networks, data centers can reduce capital expense (CAPEX) with savings of up to 30% for adapters and switches, and up to 80% for cables. Network convergence also reduces operational expense (OPEX) for power and cooling by up to 40%. FCoE is fully compatible with existing Fibre Channel infrastructures to fully protect investments in storage, switches, management applications and administrative expertise.
Optimized for virtualization
The Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III for IBM System x offers the benefits and flexibility of an enhanced virtual NIC (vNIC) function, which enables bidirectional bandwidth management, dynamic bandwidth allocation and I/O convergence in a single end-to-end solution. Each port on the Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III card can support up to four vNICs per physical port. In addition, the Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III card supports Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) which allows PCIe devices to appear as multiple virtual devices that can optimize I/O performance by providing direct I/O for virtual machines (VMs).
¹Support for storage networks using FCoE and iSCSI with full protocol offload is a future feature upgrade via FoD licensing.