Emulex Gen 5 HBAs Power New Infortrend 16Gb Fibre Channel EonStor DS Storage Solutions

End-to-End 16GFC Solution Increases Performance and Efficiency for Today's Demanding SAN Environments

Jun 25, 2013, 09:00 ET from Emulex Corporation

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced that it is delivering Gen 5 Fibre Channel connectivity as the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) and exclusive embedded storage target device for the new 16GFC-host Infortrend EonStor DS G7i storage solutions. The Emulex LightPulse® LPe16000B HBAs and embedded storage target device are based on Emulex EngineTM (XE)201 I/O Controller technology, which offers industry-leading performance, PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 support and improved efficiency, enabling a high-performance, end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Storage Area Network (SAN) solution.

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Gen 5 Fibre Channel - the new name to specify the latest generation of Emulex 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA products - is designed for the virtualization, cloud and database era, taking Fibre Channel SANs to the next level by delivering more than just incredible performance and higher throughput. Emulex Gen 5 HBAs deliver increased SAN reliability, data integrity, availability, management simplicity, reduced operational costs across the data center, as well as performance acceleration for virtualization and mission- critical applications.

"By delivering a true end-to-end 16GFC SAN infrastructure solution, Infortrend and Emulex are addressing the growing demands of today's data centers, which feature the fastest processors, high density servers and cloud and virtualized applications," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "With 20 percent more I/O operations per second (IOPS) than other Gen 5 HBAs1, Emulex Gen 5 HBAs are the industry's fastest and most reliable, and are ideally suited to the new 16GFC-host Infortrend EonStor DS G7i storage solutions."

Emulex XE201 I/O Controller technology, when leveraged in target mode, enables the highest level of performance available today for backend storage connectivity. Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs are also qualified and fully interoperable with the new 16GFC-host Infortrend EonStor DS G7i storage solutions. Together, the Infortrend and Emulex Gen 5 HBAs SAN solution meets the demand for faster bandwidth and higher throughput, and unleashes the potential of multi-core processor and solid state disk (SSD)-driven applications and services.

"Infortrend's 16GFC storage solutions are the answer to those seeking to guarantee the best possible performance - both now and in the future - over Fibre Channel networks," said Thomas Kao, senior director of product planning at Infortrend. "Partnering with industry leader Emulex adds quality and proven 16GFC technology to our new EonStor storage solutions and provides our users with the best choice in high-speed HBAs to allow their 16GFC storage to reach its full potential."

Emulex Gen 5 technology enables Infortrend customers to meet the most demanding IT environments in the following ways:

  • Industry-leading Fibre Channel Performance: Emulex Gen 5 technology delivers up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port2, enabling its LightPulse HBAs to meet the needs of today's performance hungry applications, SSD and virtualized and cloud computing environments. Competing HBAs are limited to half the IOPS per port2, preventing resource scaling between ports and potentially putting SLAs at risk.
  • Increased I/O Bandwidth with PCI Express (PCie) 3.0 Support: Emulex Gen 5 technology supports PCIe 3.0, which provides a faster I/O bus, more PCIe lanes and increased I/O bandwidth, enabling Emulex Gen 5 technology to match the performance capabilities of server platforms based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family.
  • GreenState™ power efficiency: Emulex Gen 5 technology reduces data center power consumption and associated operational expenditures (OPEX) by delivering exceptional power to port ratios of less than three watts per port1.
  • Superior Reliability: The Emulex LightPulse family of HBAs have the industry's highest published mean time between failures (MTBF), delivering enterprise class reliability, with unmatched MTBF of 10 million hours, essential for mission-critical, cloud and virtualized applications3. (based on 2/4/8/16GFC HBAs)

1. Emulex LPe16000B data sheet  2. Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012  3. Demartek, Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Feature Comparison, December 2012

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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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