Emulex LightPulse 16Gb Fibre Channel HBAs Now Available for Fujitsu PRIMERGY Servers

Industry's Fastest 16Gb Fibre Channel HBAs Deliver Better Power Efficiency, Leading Reliability and Simplified Management for Fujitsu Customers

Apr 30, 2013, 09:00 ET from Emulex Corporation

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), the leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the availability of its LightPulse® LPe16000B-M6-F single-port and LPe16002B-M6-F dual-port 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) for the Fujitsu PRIMERGY server product line. Emulex 16GFC HBAs deliver more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single-port¹, enabling Fujitsu customers to support more applications and virtual machines (VMs) per server, improve power efficiency with better IOPS performance per watt, save HBA administration and installation time with powerful management tools, and ensure service level agreements (SLAs) are met with the most reliable HBA available.

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"The computing industry is experiencing mounting demand for storage performance due to increases in data growth, VM density and application performance requirements," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) carry the bulk of storage traffic in the enterprise data center and are beginning to feel the stresses of these increased demands. Combined with high performance Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, Emulex LightPulse 16GFC HBAs address these requirements by supporting an industry-leading 1.2 million IOPS on a single port with extremely fast response times, as well as delivering consolidation and power per IOPS performance benefits."

"Today's high performance PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 PRIMERGY servers are capable of generating massive amounts of I/O to keep pace with customers' virtualization and application demands; this has made the role of the HBA more important than ever before," said Uwe Romppel, head of the product development group, Fujitsu Technology Solutions. "Emulex 16GFC technology continues to be relied upon by Fujitsu PRIMERGY customers for its industry leading performance, reliability, backward compatibility and simplified management."

Emulex field-proven 16GFC technology is ideal for customers using high-performance PCIe 3.0 Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, and provides the following customer benefits:

  • Industry Leading Fibre Channel Performance: Emulex's latest 16GFC technology delivers up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port1, enabling its LightPulse HBAs to meet the needs of today's performance hungry applications, SSDs and backup application demands. The architecture enables all resources to be applied to any port that needs it, ensuring SLAs are met. Competing HBAs are limited to half the IOPS per port2, preventing resource scaling between ports and potentially putting SLAs at risk. Additionally, high performance Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, which include the latest Intel® Xeon® processors and support PCIe 3.0, increase the total I/O bandwidth available to approximately quadruple that of the previous generation of servers 1, making them an ideal match for the highest performing Emulex 16GFC HBAs.
  • Increased VM Densities: Emulex 16GFC HBAs leverage Emulex vScale™ for superior scalability, supporting  up to 255 virtual functions (VFs), 1024 Message Signal Interrupts Extended (MSI-X) and 8192 concurrent logins and open exchanges, up to four times the number supported by competing 16GFC HBAs3, enabling support for more VMs per server than ever before.
  • GreenState™ Power Efficiency: Emulex GreenState power management reduces data center power consumption and associated operational expenditures (OPEX) by delivering up to four times better IOPS performance per watt over previous generations 4.
  • Simplified and Time-Saving I/O Management: With a single driver model, the Emulex 16GFC HBAs can be controlled, configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand® Manager, enabling enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions5. Emulex OneCommand® Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter™ Server allows users to manage Emulex adapters across hundreds of servers, natively from the VMware vCenter Server console. In addition, Emulex is the only HBA provider to support the VMware vCenter 5.1 Web Client, providing administrators with the flexibility to manage their HBAs with both the desktop and web client with the same functionality.
  • Maximum Uptime to Meet SLAs: Emulex LightPulse HBAs deliver the highest published reliability data with more than 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF), run cooler and use passive heat sinks 2.  


  1. Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012
  2. Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Feature Comparison, December 2012
  3. Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing
  4. Emulex LPe16000B data sheet
  5. Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing

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About Emulex Emulex, the 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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