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Independent Evaluation Confirms Superior Performance of Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel Technology in HP StoreFabric Networking Products

Demartek Lab Report of HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb Fibre Channel Provided by Emulex Finds Reduced Latency, Faster Workload Completion and Double Peak Throughput

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the findings of a new Demartek lab evaluation1 that showcases the exceptional performance and horsepower of Emulex LightPulse® Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) over prior 8Gb FC based storage solutions. In a test of  HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA provided by Emulex and the HP SN6000B 16b FC switch with an all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage system, the combined HP-Emulex solution provided the superior throughput, low latency and storage networking performance that storage-intensive applications require, such as backup/restore, client virtualization, software as a service, OLTP databases, and rich media.

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"Enterprise data centers are feeling the stress of the increased demands for storage performance and bandwidth, brought on by the use of virtualized servers, database applications, solid state disks (SSDs), and flash caching," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "Demartek's report demonstrates that when HP's StoreFabric Gen 5 FC solution provided by Emulex is coupled with PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 and SSDs, it can provide significant, measurable benefits and scale to data center applications vs. 8Gb FC technology, which will in turn save IT managers time and expense, while enabling them to take advantage of the newest HP ProLiant Servers, emerging high density virtualization and flash solutions in their data centers today."

"Organizations with performance intensive applications are frustrated with legacy storage architectures that limit business productivity," said Vish Mulchand, director of product management, storage, HP. "HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage and Emulex technology-based HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBAs meet today's performance demands while building on a proven technology foundation."

Key findings of the Demartek test comparing the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBAs provided by Emulex against prior 8Gb FC technology in a data warehouse workload simulation include:

  • Reduced Latency:  The HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA reduced latency by more than 50 percent compared to the 8Gb FC HBA, improving data center productivity.
  • Ease of Installation:  The HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA offered a simple, plug-and play performance upgrade for the replacement of older 4Gb and 8Gb FC HBAs.
  • Increased Speed: With the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA, a real database six-user workload was completed up to 26 percent faster than with the 8Gb FC HBA.
  • Doubled Peak Throughput: Based on the latest Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology, the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA delivered twice the peak throughput compared to the 8Gb FC HBA, further improving end user experience during fluctuating workloads or peak hours.

"In our database workload test, the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA doubled the peak throughput, reduced latency by more than 50 percent and completed the workload 26 percent faster than the previous generation 8Gb FC HBA," said Dennis Martin, president, Demartek. "We have concluded that faster storage networking technology such as Gen 5 Fibre Channel is well-suited to SSD technology, which is being embraced in an increasing number of enterprise data centers."

Overall, the evaluation showcased the Gen 5 FC technology delivered in the HP StoreFabric portfolio with Emulex and Brocade delivers rock-solid performance and horsepower for today's environments with growing performance requirements – such as virtualization servers, database applications, SSDs, flash caching, etc.  As a result, these solutions further optimize IT resources, while maximizing performance of larger server virtualization deployments and cloud initiatives.

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1.  Demartek Evaluation of HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16GFC HBA, August 2013

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About Emulex

Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex's products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex's monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE: ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.

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These factors include the possibility that we may not realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Endace on a timely basis or at all, and may be unable to integrate the technology, operations and personnel of Endace into our existing operations in a timely and efficient manner.  In addition, intellectual property claims, with or without merit, that could result in costly litigation, cause product shipment delays, require us to indemnify customers, or require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements, which may or may not be available. Furthermore, we have in the past obtained, and may be required in the future to obtain, licenses of technology owned by other parties. We cannot be certain that the necessary licenses will be available or that they can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. If we were to fail to obtain such royalty or licensing agreements in a timely manner and on reasonable terms, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Ongoing lawsuits, such as the action brought by Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), present inherent risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, loss of patent rights, monetary damages, injunctions against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, liabilities to customers under reimbursement agreements or contractual indemnification provisions, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the continuing Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the adequacy of any sunset period to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes) modules, and the ability to obtain a settlement which does not put us at a competitive disadvantage. In addition, the fact that the economy generally, and the technology and storage market segments specifically, have been in a state of uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if past experience is a good guide to the future and makes it impossible to determine if markets will grow or shrink in the short term. Continued weakness in domestic and worldwide macro-economic conditions, related disruptions in world credit and equity markets, and the resulting economic uncertainty for our customers, as well as the storage and converged networking market as a whole, has and could continue to adversely affect our revenues and results of operations. As a result of these uncertainties, we are unable to predict our future results with any accuracy. Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the following: faster than anticipated declines in the storage networking market, slower than expected growth of the converged networking market or the failure of our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate our products into their systems; our dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of our products or our OEM customers' new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the network, server and storage technology markets; the variability in the level of our backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of our customers; any inadequacy of our intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire us; proxy contests or the activities of activist investors; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities, natural disasters, and any resulting disruption in our supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for our products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effects of changes in our business model to separately charge for software; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of our products; delays in product development; our reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; our ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; our ability to benefit from our research and development activities; our dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and any resulting regulatory changes on our business. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, under the caption "Risk Factors."

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Press Contact:
Katherine Lane
Director, Corporate Communications
+ 1 714-885-3828
katherine.lane@emulex.com

Jolene (Bonina) Peixoto
Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social Media
+1 714-885-3858
jolene.peixoto@emulex.com

SOURCE Emulex Corporation



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